As most of our book clubs have started to meet again in some capacity, either online, in cafes or in their homes I thought it would be nice to share with you some of their book reviews.
The Cultcha Club book club recently read ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo‘ by Christy Lefteri and rated it a solid 6/10.
Our Dundas Readers just finished reading ‘The Umbrian Supper Club‘ by Marlena de Blasi which they rated 5/10.
You can read both clubs comments below.
Cultcha Club – ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo‘ by Christy Lefteri
Nuri, a beekeeper, struggling to hold onto hope as he leaves war torn Syria, with his wife, Afra, blind from the horrors she has seen. We follow their journey as refugees as they attempt to make their way to England, seeking asylum, hoping to reunite with his cousin.
This book is beautifully written despite its tragedy. Hauntingly beautiful, at times blurring the lines of reality. While this book is fiction, it felt incredibly real and as if we were reading a personal account. We watch the couple not only struggle with the physical journey, but also their relationship and finding hope and happiness after all they have endured due to things beyond their control. While the writing is lovely, and the writer knows her subject well, we felt the story lost its way a little in the middle.
Dundas Readers – ‘The Umbrian Supper Club‘ by Marlena de Blasi
Our library book club choice. A small group of mainly elderly Italians meet each Thursday night for supper. Previously their leader Miranda has cooked for them but as she is aging they begin sharing the meal preparations. Food is the predominant obsession for these people and it is an inextricable element of their culture and everyday lives. Over food and wine, in seemingly endless quantities, five of the women in particular share intimate life stories.
The book is well written but the enormous amount of often repetitive details about food began to be quite nauseating. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in Italian food and culture I think you’d enjoy it and might even be tempted to try making one of the many recipes at the back of the book.