May/June Book Clubs

May’s book club read was 2011’s Man Booker winner The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The novel tells the story of Tony Webster looking back at his first encounter and subsequent friendship (and falling out) with Adrian Finn when they were younger. However memory can’t always be relied upon as a letter from a lawyer is about to prove.

For the first time ever the whole group read the novel, although reaction split the group somewhat. The novel is split into two sections and some people preferred the first over the second section. However given the length of the novel many of the group thought it was either too long, labouring the point of the reliability of the narrator and memory, or not long enough to explore the revelation which is revealed relatively late in the story. Many of the group would’ve liked to hear more about other characters. Overall the group thought the novel was interesting and had plenty of points to discuss!

June’s read is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; A parable on power and its corruption, on good and evil and on human frailty and the strength of love. Equal parts fable, fantasy, political satire and slapstick. We’re meeting on Thursday 28th June at 6pm in Urban Coffee Co on Church St and all are welcome…whether you finish the book or not!

Urban Book Club

Urban Emporiums | 30 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NP