(Co-ordinator Carole Jones on 01392 811123)
At our January meeting, we discussed “Love and War in the Apennines” by Eric Newby. Famous as a travel writer, he was, in fact, a new voice to most of us and we very much enjoyed his under-stated style when describing his experiences in rural Italy in 1943. There is a quotation from Virginia Woolf at the beginning of the book which describes peasants as “a great sanctuary of sanity” and continues, “when they disappear, there is no hope for the race,” and this true story does much to support this observation.
As a young man of twenty two, Newby endured great hardship and deprivation as an escaped prisoner of war but his own resilience is played down in order to honour the courage, kindness and resourcefulness of the mostly very poor Italian people who risked everything to help him. As you would expect of a travel writer, it is also richly descriptive of the majestic mountain landscapes through which he journeyed but it is the wonderful characters who linger in the mind. Our next book is the very modern bestseller, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.
Next meeting on Monday 11th February in the Parish Hall.
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