Ah, what a great idea, Ali! I am all for it. We need a name for the club. Something like JBMB2C (the Jeff Bridges Message Board Book Club) might arouse people's curiosity... LOL!!! And would it not be wonderful if the book club had a special link/button on the board (next to control panel, search, etc). Do we need Jeff's permission for that?
Of course, Everybody is welcome. Membership is free of charge. Why do not we ask Jeff to join us. He could read books to us while we leisurely enjoy a White Russian...... Yes, yes, I have it all figured out.
I cannot see much when I click on the first link, Ali. So, why do not we take the first one on the Goodreads list: "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. Or "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris. How much time do we take to read it? Nicky, you say you are a slow reader. Well, I am a sloth when it comes to finishing books. I also have to get hold of the suggested books. Do you download them or buy or go the library. Sometimes, I go to the library but their English section is rather limited here.
All The Light We Cannot See
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival—literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.
There have been many books about the Holocaust—and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive—not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also—almost unbelievably—a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale—a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer—it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story—their story—will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.
And you know what, I sent a message to Mady, a lady who is responsible for the club at The Grote Post. She is currently in Scotland, looking for Helen! So, we will get together and have a drink after her return. Perhaps I will end up as a member of two clubs!
Both books happen to be war stories. The second one is waiting for me in my bedroom.