Sunday, February 05, 2006
Dinner with Anna Karenina
A number of writers have done the "book club" novel lately, but Gloria Goldreich did a better job than most. Each of her six women characters had been lonely little girl readers, "intense readers in search of endings." Literature was their shared passion. The books they discussed, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, even Little Women, were actually attempts to find answers to their own lives. There are meaty discussions of each book and author in this book, material which could actually be used by book discussion groups. This is the besst "book club" book I've read since Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik. That one spanned years, this one just one year. But in both books, the reader can see the changes in the lives of the characters, the changes influenced by their reading.