A Resolute Club

December 8, 2014 at 12:06 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )


As much a book review as a book club assessment.

Title: Resolute

Author: Martin W. Sandler

Genre: History / True Adventure

Length: 320 pages

Put a seafaring image on the front cover, talk of adventure and exploration, make reference to ghosts… I’m sold.

We read Sandler’s “epic search for the Northwest Passage” for the Half Price Books Humble Book Club and discussed it the first Monday of December.

It’s an exciting read, I enjoyed it quite a bit, and I’ll be holding onto my hardback copy for years to come. I’d love to see this made into a film, as it was I found myself re-watching National Treasure: Book of Secrets just for the Resolute references I was craving post reading.

Although this is largely about the Arctic and the British, a good chunk of our discussion at book club revolved around arrogance and fictional characters we’ve read through out this year:

One comparison would be the personal pride exhibited by the people across all 3 books [A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Question of Upbringing, and Resolute].

For example in ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’, on the 3rd page of chapter 38 Evy says: “Well, there’s always the Catholic Charities”.  To which Katie replied “When the time comes that we have to take charity baskets, I’ll plug up the doors and windows and wait until the children are sound asleep and then turn on every gas jet in the house.”

In Resolute, the British Naval captains were too arrogant to ask the Inuits how to survive in a place they have never been.

And the title ‘A Question of Upbringing’ speaks for itself.

 – Glenn Ray

We carry much of our discussions over into later months and often end up talking about books we love repeatedly.  There aren’t many of us.  Two in person on the regular, one by phone on the regular, and various stragglers that pop in periodically (3 recurring stragglers, to be exact).  But we enjoy our talks thoroughly and are always hopeful of new members.

Like the worldwide search for John Franklin, our little club keeps on keeping on.

Here’s our dated roster, what we’ve read and what we plan to read:

Mon 12/3/2012 ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ by Charles Dickens

Mon 1/7/2013 ‘A Homemade Life’ by Wizenberg; and ‘Julie and Julia’ by Julie Powell

Mon 2/4/2013 ‘March’ by Geraldine Brooks

Mon 3/4/2013 ‘The Lords of Finance’ by Liaquat Ahamed

Mon 4/1/2013 ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan

Mon 5/6/2013 ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ by Carson McCullers

Mon 6/3/2013 ‘Princess Bride’ by William Goldman

Mon 7/1/2013 ‘John Adams’ by McCullough; some also read Abigail Adams by Woody Holton

Mon 8/5/2013 ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker; alternate ‘A Passage to India’ by Forster

Mon 9/2/2013 ‘My Antonia’ by Willa Cather

Mon 10/7/2013 ‘Thomas Jefferson, the Art of Power’ by Jon Meacham

Mon 11/4/2013 ‘Player Piano’ by Kurt Vonnegut

Mon 12/2/2013 ‘The Sparrow’ by Mary Doria Russell

Mon 1/6/2014 ‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver

Mon 2/3/2014 ‘The Bridge Of San Luis Rey’ by Thornton Wilder

Mon 3/3/2014 ‘The Histories’ by Herodotus

Mon 4/7/2014 ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith

Mon 5/5/2014 ‘Wings of the Dove’ by Henry James

Mon 6/2/2014 ‘Shadow of the Wind’ by Ruiz

Mon 7/7/2014 ‘Benjamin Franklin’ bio by David Freeman Hawke

Mon 8/4/2014 ‘The 13th Tale’ by Diane Setterfield

Mon 9/1/2014 ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel García Márquez

Mon 10/6/2014 ‘Professor and the Madman’ by Simon Winchester

Mon 11/3/2014 ‘A Question of Upbringing’ by Anthony Powell

Mon 12/1/2014 ‘Resolute’ by Martin W. Sandler


Mon 1/5/2015 ‘The Beekeeper’s Apprentice’ by Laurie R. King

Mon 2/2/2015 ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas L. Friedman

Mon 3/2/2015 ‘Conspiracy of Paper’ by David Liss

Mon 4/?/2015 ‘Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

I think we’re a pretty well rounded, well read group.  If you’d like to join us, we meet at Half Price Books Humble the first Monday of every month at 7:30 pm.  Year round.  If you want to discuss something we’ve already read, something we’re currently reading, or something else altogether – that’s fine, we’ll chat.

1 Comment

  1. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice | Anakalian Whims said,

    […] Glenn had already read it before and was very excited to hear my thoughts.  We’ve read 25 books together over the years and enjoy picking things out for each other.  We disagree and argue a lot, but in a […]

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