This story reminds me of our book club book discussion of ‘Woman Overboard’. The author was at our house, she’s a friend of members, Carol, and Bob. She described the writing, which involved converting from first person to third, and vice versa, or vice versa, I can’t really remember. The relationship with her older husband was a factor for this brave woman who never learned to swim, and who was afraid, very afraid most of the trip. It didn’t sound like a very enjoyable way to travel. It reminds me of travelling cross country on a motorbike. Why anyone would do it is questionable, I still don’t know why anyone would find that attractive. Some people must enjoy a challenge, no matter how unrewarding it may be. The author just seemed to like writing about her perspective of it. From her website, http://www.womanoverboardbook.com/ : CAMILLE GANNON CANNOT SWIM. In fact, she suffers from a gut-wrenching fear of drowning. At the peak of her professional career, her husband, Peter, reveals his lifelong dream of circumnavigating the world on a sailboat, with Camille as first mate.
So begins a nearly two-year saga where Camille must suppress her fears and dreams and find the will to accept a life of isolation and her own inadequacies as a sailor. Living within the confines of a 44-foot sailboat, experiencing the awesome power of nature on the open sea, and enduring the intrusion of crew members along the way, she struggles to support Peter as they island-hop across the South Pacific. While landfalls and shore leaves are fascinating adventures, cruising is not all blue lagoons, sunsets, and tailwinds. Yet Camille’s anxiety slowly evolves into confidence in her abilities as a sailor, a wife, and a woman.
Woman Overboard will resonate with all women faced with the choice of enabling the passion of a beloved mate when doing so means personal sacrifice and confrontation with their fears. The memoir is a warm-hearted glimpse into the life of a cruising couple as they discover the true meaning of bon voyage.
When we had our last book club meeting. maybe it’s because it was last Saturday. It was easier to find Bob and Carols’s place because our sun was still up in the desert Southwest. They had good food, and drinks to sustain our discussion. Jackie started off with why this book inspired her interest in it. It’s not easy to hold up the mirror to ourselves regarding our corporate sponsorship of war, and business, while discussing how the survivor soldiers in these battles are damaged. Author, Ben Fountian, went for a snapshot of current American sociopolitical life, and got one, warts and all. Was Billy Lynn a hero? Did he have PTSD? What did Fountian think America’s relationship to our veterans is? Good questions we talked about.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote a long, epic novel in Shadow. There were long stretches of development of relationships stressed by the long Spanish civil war. Book lovers, and history buffs rubbed elbows with Barcelona, and romantics in this well developed long story. It was wrapped up neatly, as life is sometimes, with some sadness and regrets. The survivors bore their scars, and the dead were buried. Jackie and Dave were wonderful hosts, and it was difficult with it being a family visit time.
Leslie did a great job hosting, after coming back from her trip to Ohio. Bob H. brought a CD with the vocal from the opera from the book, We discussed the purpose for, and the meaning of existence. Muriel Barbery is an amazing 44 year old, married, philosophy professor/author. She hit a pretty good triple for this popular book. While we didn’t find it flawless it is very discussable. We touched on her other book with the same ‘set’, Une gourmandise in French, translated and titled as Gourmet Rhapsody in english, since we usually bring stuff from researching our books. The book was made into a French feature, the Hedgehog, or in French, Le Hérisson, which is available on Netflix, and helped me understand what happened. It’s a good book that expresses how like minded brains can find each other, and what they can teach each other, and why it makes sense to try to connect. We did it again tonight with this book. Well done book club!
We had our book club at our house last night. We discussed ‘The Man Who Loved Books Too Much’, by Allison Hoover Bartlett. Some liked it, some didn’t think too much of it. It was about a guy who stole books (a lot of books!), why, and how he did it. And the price he paid when he was caught (more than once going to prison). I picked the book. Sue and I had some nice cheese her brother sent, veggies, and salmon and crackers, chips and dip. We polished off some wine, and had a triple chocolate cake for dessert. I listened to this book on CD, which I borrowed from our local library. Coincidentally I downloaded the e book version of it from our library today. I wanted to download it to my tablet, but couldn’t so It went to my HP laptop. Oh well, I’ll keep working on that- to get it to my tablet. I have a meeting with a local library techie later this month. We went to an art show at La Paloma Resort, and there was a bookseller there. We talked about the book we read, and the book business.