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The Rodmell Book Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of the month in the Abergavenny Arms, 8pm.

25 March

Moby Dick
Herman Melville

Recommended by Judith Barnes

The story of Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to avenge the whale that ‘reaped’ his leg – the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic.  Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel’s narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education in the practice of whaling and in the art of writing.  First published in 1851.

To find out about the books we hope to read over the forthcoming months, see the Groups section of this website.

Catriona Grant organises our Book Group meetings – please do let her know if there’s anyone who would like to be added to the Book Group email list.

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Usually the books we read can be obtained from Lewes Library. Otherwise, copies can be bought online (new or secondhand) at discounted prices from Amazon, Abe Books, The Book Depository, Waterstone Market Place, and Ebay.