|Suspense Central Selections for
*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month. If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
|The Reivers by William Faulkner
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 8p
Panera Bread, 65 Route 4 West · Paramus, NJ
*please note location for February
This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
suspense or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss the month's featured
*The 2018 line-up of titles can be found below, after the recaps/comments.
One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely
car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon
Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to
Memphis. The Priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are
off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello
in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues--involving horse smuggling,
trainmen, sheriffs' deputies, and jail.
|Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Interesting and in-depth discussion. Gulliver's Travels years ago. It was interesting that all who had
re-read the book for Suspense Central said they only recalled certain aspects of the book and had
completely forgotten others. Jeni expressed that the various cartoons focusing on only the Lilliputs
may have something to do with that. Jeni found Swift's writing to be ponderous and did not enjoy the
book second go 'round. Kathleen enjoyed the same things this read she did from her first read. Chris
felt many things in the book were "beyond" him and felt that lessened his enjoyment. Overall, the
book received solid scores (7-8 out of 10) but wasn't a favorite.