From suspenseful reads to literary tweeds…
The temperature was definitely rising at last night’s Burnaby New West Women’s Wine and Book Club meeting. How to be Good by Nick Hornby creates scenarios where you will find yourself sympathizing with alternate ideologies simultaneously. And you thought that was not possible! In addition, as the beliefs of the characters change throughout the book, so do your own. Nick takes you on a journey along with the main character Katie. We question our own values as Katie does. Hence, the book club had a discussion which questioned our own views and the views of society, different classes and generations.
A wide gap existed between those who liked the book and those who did not: a few did very much, some did not and some, like myself, kept changing their mind as they read along. The witty sarcasm, which at first entertains, can later become weary. In fact, some of it is downright depressing, and the comedic aspect can become lost amongst the continuing ruminations of the main character.
Nick Hornby has a gift. Many of his books have been adapted into movies with the rights even purchased prior publishing. There is a reason for that. Nick makes you think, and it is nice to think in a time when we are bombarded with an influx of shallow action sequences. Life has many layers, like an onion, and Nick peels away those sticky layers so that we may uncover the humanity at the core.