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September 2017

New books!

New books available now

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2 -8 October is Get Online Week. Come to the library and we will help you Get Online!

 

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We have all 6 of the Shortlisted books!

This morning we received our delivery of the 6 books that have been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Two of the books are so new they are not even on the Gloucestershire Catalogue – but they will be very, very soon!

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We also have

  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Homework Help at your library

We have several books on the following three topics:

World War II, India and Egypt

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Bream Reading Club Reviews The Keep by Jennifer Egan

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The Keep by Jennifer Egan

3.1 stars out of 5 stars

One of our members wrote this as their comments on the book and I thought it was so perfect that I would just share it as is!

“Three stars I think – the main interest for me was the style of the narrative.  The fictional author (Ray) keeps popping into the narrative with the exploits of his cell mate, fellow convicts and a writing class with a tutor called Holly.  Ray’s own narrative with characters, Dan, Howie, Ann and Mick, is chaotic, but true to the character of its fictitious author, who is after all writing for the first time in constrained circumstances.   Ray, serving life for murder, has to rely on his imagination, which is prolific and (possibly) fueled by more than prison tea.  His narrative includes some nightmare scenarios e.g. Dan knocking off a ninety year-old baroness and having spooky experiences around a stinking cesspit of a bathing pool, but some are undeniably comical, such as when he’s hanging on to a window ledge by the toes of his boots, trying to spy on Mick and Ann conversation.

The real author skilfully weaves the two narratives together and introduces in the final section another narrator, Holly the writing class tutor, who thinks she is in love with Ray and is as screwed up as her former students.

An interesting book, not for those who like a nice story with a beginning, middle and a happy ending, but quite satisfying if you like to work at what you’re reading while enjoying it.

All in all, a dark psychological tale, in parts echoing a bad dope trip!” 

Some of our members were none too impressed with the book as it was either ‘two books trying to be one book’, it was ‘too contrived’ and had ‘too many loose ends’. The ghostly bits were unsettling instead of just being scary. Certain characters are just not explained properly like the Baroness, and the teacher closing off the narrative was ‘pointless’. The fictional castle then being real struck them as being forced.

Those of us who enjoyed the book thought it had flashes of brilliance, how the ‘real’ writer wove the tale from ‘fiction’ to ‘reality’ and the huge twist at the end we thought was clever and skillful. The end where Holly dives into the very pool Ann speaks of in her little imaginings of the future of the castle is a satisfying ending.

Summer Reading Challenge Prize Giving with Shoo Rayner

The weather played along nicely and we were able to enjoy it outside in the library garden. Shoo Rayner drew pictures, read from one of his books, entertaining the kids wonderfully. Then it was straight into presenting the Completers certificates and medals. A lovely afternoon was had by all. A massive thank you to Shoo Rayner for making it such a success!

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