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May 2011 Book of the Month: As Meat Loves Salt

A monthly discussion on varying themes guided by our members. (Book of the Month discussions through December 2011 can be found in this section too.)
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Margaret
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Post by Margaret » Sat June 11th, 2011, 11:39 pm

I have to say I found the parts to do with the 'diggers' quite interesting. It's made me want to read other books sets round this period in time - they seem a little thin on the ground, although I do have Lindsey Davis' Rebels & Traitors which is a bit of a tome!!!
Rebels & Traitors (see review) is more focused on the war, from the battles themselves to the hardship it causes to the people who aren't fighting but are aligned with one side or the other, as well as to the people who don't really care and are just trying to get by as well as they can. I don't remember anything about the diggers movement in it.
Although I do have McCann's more recent novel, The Wilding, to read - hope it's better than As Meat....which has gone straight into the charity shop bag!
The Wilding (see review) is quite different - the main characters are more sympathetic, for one thing. And as Vanessa says, there's a mystery plot. It's set a couple of decades after the Civil War, but everyone is still trying to recover from it.
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Post by annis » Sun June 12th, 2011, 7:00 am

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Incidentally, I've just come across mention of a 1975 movie on the Diggers movement called "Winstanley" that was based on a 1961 novel by David Caute called "Comrade Jacob"...
I've never heard of this book and yet it was apparently made into a TV series called Comrade Jacob as well as the Winstanley film. I came across an interesting article by David Caute on the subject of his film and the Diggers:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/oct ... rade-jacob

I found As Meat Loves Salt one of the most compelling novels I've read. Although it disturbed me, I can remember every bit of it and I read it first several years ago. Meanwhile, more likeable stories with sympathetic characters have long since vanished into cranial space :) I consider that the mark of a great writer.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun June 12th, 2011, 1:42 pm

I would agree that it is quite a disturbing book.
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Post by Madeleine » Sun June 12th, 2011, 5:14 pm

I'm afraid it didn't disturb me at all!
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