We delved into a new fictional world reading our latest novel for our Nobel book club meeting. Members of N.A.R.A. (Nobel Anonymous Readers Association) got together in Zoom to discuss “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
First published back in 1990, the book deals with the fast approaching of the Apocalypse and the attempts of angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley to sabotage the coming of the end times as they have become rather accustomed to their life on Earth.
As much as we admired the satiric comedy of this collaboration between the two internationally bestselling authors, we admittedly found it challenging at times to follow the large cast of characters and the different story lines interspersed with tangential social commentary.
Colleagues from different countries of the world compared their experience with this book and we were delighted to discover that we share the same opinions. The readers who also watched the TV series adaptation of the book brought in extra insight and we had fun looking at the contrasts between the two platforms hosting this story.
We also enjoyed picking up the next read in our literary journey, which will be “Open Water” by Caleb Azumah Nelson, a debut romance novel following two Black British artists.
N.A.R.A. (Nobel Anonymous Readers Association) is our company book club and the perfect setting for informal and engaging monthly discussions about our shared passion for reading and books. We are an international company, so our meetings take place in an online environment. We always enjoy our time together as we get to connect and exchange opinions with colleagues from different countries.