Book Club April 2018

Better than Therapy Book Club
April19th at 4pm

We will be disucssing two books in our April book club event. The Gustav Sonatas by Rose Tremane and Snowed Waters by Jane Wilson-Howarth

The Gustav Sonatas

What is the difference between friendship and love?

Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense lifelong friendship develops but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined until it is almost too late...(take from the Amazon website).

Snowed Waters

Snowfed Waters is a dramatic and moving story set amongst the Himalayas. It is a tale of two cultures, of false assumptions, of courage in the face of disaster and of the gradual dawning of self awareness. Sonia Swayne's life is in bits. With her self esteem at rock bottom she flees her old life to work for a charity in Nepal. Clumsily, Sonia tries to impose her own values on her unsophisticated hosts but the more she learns about their customs and their faith, the more she questions her own principles. She is particularly influenced by the spirituality and spontaneity of quiet teenage Moti. And then there is Rekraj, a sensitive young high caste Nepali man. Sonia basks in the warmth of his admiration without analysing her feelings too deeply: she simply enjoys being wanted again. There are clouds on the horizon though and there are ill omens: earth tremors. Lord Shiva is angry and Rekraj regrets his impure thoughts. The story reaches its climax when Sonia and Moti set out on a pilgrimage into the mountains. Can Sonia summon her old inner strength and revive her own self-respect? (take from the Amazon website).

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