The popularity of Salley Vickers'
novels with reading groups continues to rise so we have
prepared a special page where groups can find sample
questions around which to centre their discussions,
if they wish. Several commentators have observed that
the success of the novels in part depends on their mulitlayering,
the way that, while there is always a good story and
engrossing characters, there are also deeper ideas and
images which resonate through the books, often with
philosophical, psychological or 'other worldly' themes.
Some subjects run through all of three of Salley Vickers'
books: one important theme is the 'bead-curtain of death
and life' as one commentator puts it, the fine line
- sometimes no line - between the two; another is the
need for compassion and forgiveness, especially towards
the self. And yet in all the books there is also a strong
clear-eyed understanding of evil, or the human propensity
to deceive or destroy, just as there is a tragi-comic
note discernible throughout.
We are also introducing a Readers
Group letter section, where groups can raise subjects
for discussion, or issues which their group would like
other group's opinions on. Do feel free to enter you
own groups' thoughts. The Readers Groups letter pages
will be self-monitoring. Please advise the site if you
feel there are letters posted there which are not appropriate
or intended for discussion.
Mr Golightly's Holiday is The
Observer Book Group new book for September 2003. Join
You can submit a comment from
your reading group by emailing this address: email@example.com.
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