more about Prison Reading Groups

We have had an account of one of the Prison Reading Groups, see below, sent by one of the facilitators. We’re really excited that we’re going to be helping in this enterprise.
“Exceptionally, we read two books for this month: Athol Fugard’s Tsotsi and Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. For very different reasons, both discussions were fascinating. Tsotsi is about a cold, empty young killer in South Africa who has a baby dumped on him and gradually discovers the capacity to recognise and feel for another. Sounds corny but is actually very powerful and generated such interesting responses about empathy, crime and choice. …..
The group was very split over JLS: some thought it banal tosh but staunchly defended as ‘moving and inspirational’ by others, [some] of whom said they were going to send it out to their children. I love that idea of wider circulation and book afterlife.”
And so do we. Thanks for writing and telling us about it. Now back to Give a Book.

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