It’s time to discuss our fall selection, Matrix by Lauren Groff. As we’ve been doing for the last little while, Kym and Bonny and I will each post a question (or two) on our blog today and we welcome your thoughts in the comments. In conjunction with this, we will also host a Zoom discussion tonight at 7pm EST. These discussions are lively and fun with absolutely no pressure from us to do anything but be present. If you’ve hesitated to participate I heartily encourage you to let that go and join us. Just let me know in the comments if you’d like a link to the Zoom meeting.
Okay, let’s talk about Matrix . . .
I’ll say, first and foremost, that I did not love this book. I found it to be dry and rather tedious and I had a hard time connecting with the characters and setting. The writing, however, is exceptional and that (along with the commitment to this group) is what kept me going. My question for all of you is this:
What did you think of Groff’s descriptive writing style. Were there some particular passages that really stuck with you?
Here’s a passage that I think really shows how gorgeous Groff’s writing is:
The light through the windows is watery and angled so that it shines through the breath of the nuns as they read aloud, the rising breath silvering, the streams of word made visible, word transformed to ghost as it rises from these mouths. The noise in the room is a low sweet hum without pause, the voices mixing so beautifully that the impression is not a tapestry of individual threads but a solid sheet like pounded gold. With their heads bent over their books like this, their words palely shining, she understands that the abbey is a beehive, all her good bees working together in humility and devotion. This life is beautiful.
I await your responses! And do please join us tonight if you are able.