After a bit of a wander, we settled on Vietnamese and Thai food at Ginger. What could be a more perfect venue to discuss a book about colonization in the Congo?
My shrimp and calamari!
Marta and Makeda both had this coconut mushroom tofu soup.
Judy's chicken and shrimp on pad thai.
As we ate, we settled into a discussion about the book.
My review of the book went something like this, "If this was the first book I ever read, I would probably never read another book again." I didn't think much of this book and had fun teasing Makeda about that fact.
She loved the book so much that she has read it TWICE. Makeda had high praise for Conrad. English was not his first language and yet he was able to write beautifully (in her opinion) in a narrative style. She loved being told a story and felt as though she was there with the narrator.
Our conversation went from the book to Maxine's work to her baby (due any day now) to autism to child killers to serial killers to next month's book Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle.
I can't remeber why, but at some point, Marta put this phone on the table. She's been carrying around her husband's cell phone for a while. Makeda called it vintage. I miss my old simple, uncomplicated Nokia.
Thankful for book club Fridays!