I had the happy circumstance of discussing The
Glass Room with both the groups I
belong to here in Winchester. The book was my suggestion because I had enjoyed
it as a personal read and thought there was potential for a group read.
point I should declare that I am the sole man in both groups and feel very
privileged to still be welcomed 5 years after joining. Having said that, I do
serve a purpose as ‘the honorary man’ (or ‘male member’ as some would have it)
to explain the masculine viewpoint in many of the books we read.
this is quite a mantle to assume when men are obviously such different animals
in their own right without the narrative needs that drive an author to push
them into complex situations I would run a mile to avoid.
presented another variation on the cry ‘because he’s a bloke’ when discussing
why Viktor willingly consorts with a prostitute even though his marriage, at
that stage at least, was still new and exciting. The thought crossed my mind
that although we had often had similar cries, I can’t recall an occasion when
the other woman in the equation came in for much criticism. Now perhaps I’m being
thin-skinned but I would have loved to venture down that avenue of discussion. Unfortunately,
it was not to be because, being a bloke, I had to rush off to see the second half of a very important