On rainy Wednesday, I popped down to Bude Library to check out the new book club which has just started. It was a small, select gathering, but by the end of the session, we had a book to read and telephone numbers had been swapped. The library staff, Sally and Barbara, were very helpful, so I signed up as a library member (essential to be part of the book club, which meets once a month).
We had a choice of two books to kickstart the process. We had all read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (a fine read) so opted for a challenge. The new book group has taken me out of my reading comfort zone with an author I’ve never heard of. I was alarmed by long chapters and no paragraphs so am stirring myself to read ‘I Served the King of England’.
Goodreads says: In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal takes us on a tremendously funny and satirical trip through 20th-century Czechoslovakia. Let’s see, or will it be lost in translation?
Meanwhile, I borrowed four books and ordered one. I have read and returned one, and the ordered one has already arrived for collection. I am so far very impressed by the library. You can also use computers, printers (they charge for the latter, obviously) and borrow audiobooks, etc.
If you fancy joining the book group, you can call in at any time to sign up and obtain a copy of the book we are due to discuss at the next meeting on October 9th at 2 pm. A great way to stretch your reading and make new friends.