The August Daytime group discuss The Promise by Damon Galgut on Wednesday 10 August at 12.30pm.
The Promise is an expansive family novel that explores the interconnected relationships between members of one family through the sequential lens of multiple funerals. Death assumes here both a closing but also an opening into lives lived. It is an unusual narrative style that balances Faulknerian exuberance with Nabokovian precision, pushes boundaries, and is a testament to the flourishing of the novel in the 21st century. In The Promise, Damon Galgut makes a strong, unambiguous commentary on the history of South Africa and of humanity itself that can best be summed up in the question: does true justice exist in this world? The novel’s way of tackling this question is what makes it an accomplishment and truly deserving of its place on the shortlist. Remember to book your place.
The August Evening group talk about Violetta by Isabel Allende on Wednesday 10 August at 5.30pm.
From Isabel Allende, the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea, this is the epic story of Violeta del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century. Here is the link to book your place.
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