There’s no better way to enjoy a great book than to gather with friendly faces and discuss passages, characters and writing that has moved you. That’s why I’ve decided to start the Monkey See, Monkey Read book club. The first meeting will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 26. I hope you will join us.
For the inaugural selection, I have chosen one of my favorite books. Howard Norman’s The Bird Artist,on sale for $7.50, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas, is a bird artist. He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home. In the first paragraph of his tale Fabian reveals that he has murdered the village lighthouse keeper. Later, he confesses who and what drove him to his crime. As always, Norman’s prose, is spare and beautiful, and full of stark emotion. His first novel, The Northern Lights, was nominated for the 1987 National Book Award. The Bird Artist was nominated for the National Book Award in 1995. The Monkey See, Monkey Read book club will meet at 7 p.m. on March 26.
A classic story … All that is splendid and spectacular in the book is simply light, magically employed to seek out what is real.” -Richard Eder,
the Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Bewitching … glows like a night light in the reader’s mind.” -Michiko
Kakutani, the New York Times
“A terrific read by one of my all-time favorite writers.” –Jerry Bilek, owner
of Monkey See, Monkey Read