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Members of U3A are all welcome to join the activities of  the groups.  Contact details of leaders are given in the Programme of Events.

As more interest has been shown in reading rather than having a go at Creative Writing it has been decided to form a Book Group instead.

On 6th June we discussed "Lucky Jim" - Kinglsey Amis. A light read, this had been enjoyed by all for different reasons. 
Opinions varied from "made me laugh", to "a satire on the university dons",  "I've worked with people like that",  "that's how it was in the 50's", "a social commentary on the times", 
Being a portrayal of university life of the 50's, and focusing on the dons and lecturers it was obviously dated. However, an interesting feature of Jim was that his thoughts and fears, doubts and, finally, certainties made him quite modern and in line with the self-examination so prevalent today.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was a complete change and an insurmountable challenge.  Chunks were skipped, the book abandoned altogether, "it's easier if you start in the middle", was one comment.  Such detail and so many names required great patience on the part of the reader.  It was interesting to read such precise details of the Cathedral in the light of the recent fire which made us all aware of that great building.

Meetings held:

Once a month Thursday afternoon

Next meeting:  Thursday 5 September


Venue:  Nick's home

Book for brief discussion:- "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" - V.Hugo 

Main book for discussion:- "Doors Open" - Ian Rankin

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