6 thoughts on “September’s Book Club Book: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

  1. Alfred Utton says:

    Will start The Madonnas of Leningrad today. Can we read Atonement, by Ian McEwan, next?

  2. Absolutely. It’s been on my unread shelf for a long time and could use the bump up the list. Thanks for the great suggestion.

    • Alexsis says:

      I love my book club here in Taipei! It’s lots of fun, we all read the book and there’s always soenome who has organised a list of questions/ideas for discussion. There’s a good range of ages too, from 29 (me, the youngest) to 60-something. We’re doing nominations for next year soon so I’ve been carefully considering which books to put forward so seeing your list has been helpful to prompt some ideas. Thanks!

  3. Alfred Utton says:

    Thank you! Atonement is next on the list to read from Time’s top 100 novels. I’m kind of dubious of it and figured I could use the support.

    Read the first chapter of Madonnas yesterday and was totally blown away. Great book!

    • Arya says:

      Alex – That is awesome. I love that books can be an imaitemde bond with people. It’s awesome that you have such a great age difference too. I think it adds so much to a group’s dynamic. Diane – That’s awful. We actually don’t have a leader. Everybody seems to contribute equally and it works out well. Kat – Our group only has 5 people (including me) who are there every time. It’s nice in some ways because it’s easier to stay focused on books and to be flexible if we need to move the date.Kathmeister – I’d lvoe to hear what books you end up choosing for next year!Jenners – Oh good, I can’t wait to read that one.

  4. Alfred Utton says:

    Just finished the Madonnas of Leningrad. Unfortunately, my initial enthusiasm didn’t last past the first chapter because the the point of view switched to her daughter, a character I didn’t really care for. While writing an entire book from the point of view of a mentally dysfunctional character might be challenging, Mark Haddon succeeded admirably in The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time.

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