If you’ve been reading my blog for a little bit, then you know that my friend Sabrina and I started a book club this year. Yesterday, our book club met up for the first time to chat about last month’s read, All the Light We Cannot See. One of our members, Steven, chose this book in February and we were all very excited to dive in and discuss. And of course, we needed to have food to munch on while conferring over the latest book, so we grabbed some brunch at The Chase Fish and Oyster.
Keep on reading if you want to hear more about the novel and our yummy eats (and don’t worry, I promise I’ll try my very best to not give away any spoilers!).
The book simultaneously follows along the lives of Marie-Laure, a young french girl, and Werner, a young german boy, who were growing up during the World War II. Marie-Laure faces a life of struggles with her blindness and Werner constantly tries to overcome his strife of being an orphan. The book also jumps back and forth between both of their childhoods and a chaotic collision of events once they’re teenagers.
It was actually really nice to discuss our thoughts on the book while brunching at this restaurant, as half of the book takes places in Saint-Malo, a port city which is surrounded by the sea (and as you can see, the Chase Fish and Oyster has a cool, and refined beach-town vibe).
Honestly, I’m not going to lie to you – many of us felt like the novel was a little difficult to get into at first. The novel begins with a horrific event and the language is burdensome at times. However, once you get into the right mindset, the story-telling is very gripping. Our book club members also felt that the storyline was a bit difficult to navigate, as it jumps between two separate childhoods and teenage years of both main characters (and a few other characters as well). Nonetheless, it made the novel interesting to read and all of our members agreed that we were hooked into the plot.
For our meal, we jumped into the brunch menu items and decided to try out a variety of platters. In between bite-fulls of Smoked Salmon Benedict, Buckwheat and Apple Pancakes, Mushroom Fricassée and Potato Rösti, we discussed our favourite and least favourite aspects of the book (and how yummy the food was, of course!).
All in all, I have to say that this was a pretty successful first book club brunch meeting and I can’t wait till we meet up again next month to discuss our read for March, Jo Malone: My Story. Be sure to pick up that memoir and let us know your thoughts, or follow along on our reading adventures with the hashtag #AllBookedUpTO.