Saturday, 25 February 2012

Our February Selection

“There are many different stories to tell. It's never the same. Every day weather blows in and out, alters the surface. Sometimes it is stripped down to a single essential truth, the thing that is always believed, no matter what. The seeds from which the garden has grown.” 
-Helen Humphreys

Dear members, 

Hope everyone is well!
When it comes to this month's theme: Bright Star (in ode to one of John Keats' finest work) it certainly sets the tone for our book club pick where the setting takes place during the Romantic Movement and Victor Hugo was right at the heart of it.

This month's selection:

Summary: When Charles Sainte-Beuve, an ambitious French journalist, meets Victor Hugo, a young writer on the verge of fame, he finds himself in a world of great passions, a world in which words can become swords. But, to Charles’ surprise, he is more attracted to Victor’s long-suffering wife, Adèle. When the two lovers create a scandale in Paris, Victor exacts his price for betrayal.
Set during the tumultuous reign of Napoleon III, and sweeping from France to the Channel Islands, to Halifax and back, The Reinvention of Love draws a rich portrait of the old city, where duels are fought in its parks and cholera-ridden bodies float in the Seine. Along its narrow, crime-filled streets, noble families and artists—Chopin, George Sand, Alexandre Dumas—mix with ordinary citizens, still restless with ideas of revolution. And towering over all is the enormous talent of Victor Hugo, who is quickly becoming the voice of France to the world.
The Reinvention of Love turns historical fact into an atmospheric, delicately wrought story of inescapable family ties and forbidden love.

If you would like to know more about the author, visit her website.

Recommendation Round

A must see: 

As promised, here is the short film "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore". I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I did. I ended up very teary-eyed. Love the description for this short film:

A story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favour.

Would love to hear your thoughts about this! Happy watching!

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