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Artizan Library Reading Group met to discuss: The Noise of Time by Julian BarnesArtizan Library

Artizan Library Reading Group Discuss

The Noise of Time


Julian Barnes


“And so, it had all begun, very precisely, on the morning of the 28th of January 1936, in Arkhangelsk. He had been invited to perform his first piano concerto with the local orchestra under Viktor Kubatsky; the two of them had also played his new cello sonata. It had gone well. The next morning he went to the railway station to buy a copy of Pravda. He had looked at the front page briefly, then turned to the next two. It was, as he would later put it, the most memorable day of his life”

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Artizan Reading Group met to discuss: Helen Dunmore’s period spy story Exposure

Here is Artizan Street Library’s Reading group Latest Read

Helen Dunmore’s – Exposure

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The Tightrope Walkers Smile by Gabriel Crane

The Lunchtime reading group met in February to discuss “The Tightrope walkers smile by Gabriel Crane.

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami ; recommended by Simon

41NNpr8x7ILThe story is  mainly about Toru and Naoko and their doomed relationship. Toru is a fairly anonymous middle class student in 1960s Japan who falls for the troubled Naoko. When she goes into a refuge Toru has to get on with his life and forms an attachment to the fun-loving Midori. However, he is still in love with Naoko and this complicates things and doesn’t help his troubled mind. The story is funny yet sad, a love story and yet not. It is beautifully written and well translated. It was not without its faults though. The 1960s background did not come over all that well and the book was somewhat depressing with suicide being a constant feature. Although Toru was a sympathetic character on the whole, he did come over as selfish at times and this did not always gel well with the rest of the story. The other characters were all interesting and there were some very touching and surprising moments, such as when Toru spent some time with Midori’s dying father. But it is a book worth reading

— Simon

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