Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group: 5/2014

Continuing the amazing once-a-month “enlightenment without electricity” 2014 Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group meets again next Thursday! Do you even remember what a book is without using an “app?”

Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group

The Hoboken Readers Circle book group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the comfortable and spacious Muller Room of All Saints, 701 Washington Street, in Hoboken.

All book lovers are welcome, and encouraged to even bring a friend! Free coffee and cake is served. For more info write readerscircle123@aol.com.

Heat and Dust Hoboken Readers Circle Book Club

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

On Thursday, May 15th, the group will meet and discuss the book Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Here’s a synopsis: “Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant. Longing for passion and independence, Olivia is drawn into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in gang raids and criminal plots. She is intrigued by the Nawab’s charm and aggressive courtship, and soon begins to spend most of her days in his company. But then she becomes pregnant, and unsure of the child’s paternity, she is faced with a wrenching dilemma. Her reaction to the crisis humiliates her husband and outrages the British community, breeding a scandal that lives in collective memory long after her death.”

I for one, would be annoyed by reading this month’s book. Because didn’t Olivia voluntarily get married to this “important” English civil servant to begin with? This is the trouble with rushed marriages. You need to think things out before making major commitments like that! And she sounds like a slut too! Then again, countless movies were made with similar plot lines. I guess dopey, indecisive women have always been plentiful, hence the perpetration into subject matter like this.

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