Friday, December 18, 2009

Review: Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

Book: Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
Genre: Lit. Fiction
Rating: B+
For: F2F Book Club

This was the book I surprised everyone with when there was a mix up with the original book club set I planned on checking out for everyone last month. So then I had to go with this boo, my plan B. Everyone was a great sport about it, and as it turned out, this ended up being a pretty perfect read for the month of December. Short, sweet, and easy.

But for some reason, I thought it was going to be about a trip this old lady goes on. Perhaps through Egypt or something?

No, instead, she goes on sort of a mental journey as she befriends a juvenile delinquent kid and decides to help him because he is "one of the least of these my brethren." There are many funny moments when she feels like any problem or situation can be fixed with food, or a day at church. The neighbors are nosey, her grown up children are clueless, the kid is manipulative, and she is, as we said last night at book club, quite judgemental.

We all decided that the book was fun and enjoyable, but not a book we could find any deep meaning in. We did end up talking quite a bit about how times have changed and what makes our grandmas the way they are.... how food is so important, and saving things, and the whole "no gray areas" when it comes to moral matters.

Anyway, it turned out to be a pretty interesting discussion. And a fun book to read. There's a movie to go along with it starring Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, and cute kid Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I think I better check it out one of these days.

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Next up for book club, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.... including clips from the movie!

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