Book talk led by Dano Cammarota, this year devoted to historical fiction. This week’s selection is The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870) by Charles Dickens.
The last and unfinished novel of Dickens, Drood portrays the quiet cathedral town of Cloisterham as a dark place of violence, suspicion, deceit and even murder; nothing is as it seems. Within the backdrop of the Church, Dickens utilizes the realism of his time to explore the essence of evil, revealing a society on the verge of extinction. It is not merely Edwin Drood who disappears, it is the Empire itself.
Book talk led by Dano Cammarota, this year devoted to historical fiction. This week’s selection is Half-Blood Blues (2011) by Esi Edugyan
The third book this summer finds us in Paris and Berlin in 1939-40 as Europe is enmeshed in war and suffering. The narrative involves a mixed race and culturally diverse jazz band of young men who are only interested in music. Their story is one of survival as each band member wrangles with their own heritage in order to keep playing jazz. When a lost recording of the band’s last disc surfaces 50 years later, a documentary reunites the remaining band members and events from long ago are finally explained.
Book talk led by Dano Cammarota, this year devoted to historical fiction. This week's selection is A Test of Wills (1996) by Charles Todd.
I’ve chosen the first book in a mystery series featuring a Scotland Yard inspector as it is a historical explanation of residual trauma from the World War I trenches. Surviving the Somme, the inspector returns to civic life to find himself haunted by his war experiences, which both help and hinder his investigation of a murdered colonel in 1919. It is a well-plotted novel where not all the demons are frightful.
In case of rain, the book talk will be held in the Community Room of No. 5 Tudor City Place.
Book talk led by Dano Cammarota, this year devoted to historical fiction. This week's selection is The Eight (1988), by Katherine Neville.
This is a big book, a sweeping historical whirlwind involving the “lost” chess pieces of Charlemagne, hidden in the French Abbey of Montglane and protected by the nuns for centuries. The French Revolution places both the nuns and the chess set in danger of exposure; thus, begins the hunt and explanation for the mysterious qualities embedded in the pieces. Numerous personalities and locales abound, culminating in the 1970’s female protagonist, who lives in Tudor City, stumbling upon a ninth-century game of chess played to the death with real-life individuals standing in for chess pieces. Although a long book, it’s a fast read and page-turner with memorable characters.