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Reading Group Hit!,
This review is from: Caribou Island (Paperback)
This was chosen for our Reading Group and it provoked one of the best discussions that we have had for some time.
Most people had enjoyed the book to a greater or lesser extent, except for one person who described it as "just sex and scenery". The rest of us did not necessarily think this was a bad thing! We thought that the magnificent descriptions of the magnificent scenery were a valuable part of the book and constant references to the intense beauty and emptiness of the area was far more than a mere backdrop to the story. It was essential to understand the environment to understand the people involved in this tragic situation.
We wondered if the same events could just as easily have taken place elsewhere, for example inner city bed-sit land, as it is possible to be extremely lonely and isolated from other people anywhere. We decided that although these two people would have been unhappily married wherever they lived the end was almost inevitable from the moment they moved to Alaska.
We all agreed that the author presented an excellent account of ways in which human relationships fail and through this, a glimpse of how they might actually be made to work. We all hoped very much that Rhoda would buck the trend and leave her dentist before it was too late, but were not surprised that she didn't. One person is still hoping that her parents' tragedy will shake her enough that she will realise the mistake she is about to make, but the rest of us are not that hopeful!
One person wondered if we are all destined to turn into our parents as history seemed to be repeating itself for the third generation in this story! We had an amusing few minutes, all hoping desperately that this was not happening, but concluding that it probably was true after all!