Greetings. There is hardly anything I enjoy more than to read a good book and discuss it among thoughtful individuals! How about you?
Please join if you are interested in being an active participant in a book club focused **exclusively** on classic literature, shown on the following lists below, that has stood the test of time. If not interested exclusively in classic lit, if not willing to stick to selections from the lists below, there will not be a match with this group. The good news is that Meet Up has lots of other book clubs. ;-]
Some of us have belonged to book clubs previously that were dedicated initially to these lists, but either veered off into other more contemporary selections (some of which have not, arguably, stood the test of time), or became more social and significantly less focused on the books. That's nice, and good social interaction is key to a happy group, but let's maintain the focus primarily on the books.
So, we're seeking good conversationalists who are also good listeners, know how to give and take, share thoughts politely -- without dominating a discussion.
While this group will likely self-select toward college-educated individuals, all backgrounds are welcome -- as well as all ages, genders, orientations, ethnicities, etc.
Let us know if you can meet on the Second Tuesday monthly at about 6.30pm for an hour or so? The location will be on Market St between Noe & Sanchez Streets.
Sign up to learn more details - including the actual meeting location.
Thank you for considering this opportunity,
Mark (the organizer)
UPDATE (6/15/14) -- our reading list through September 2014:
7/8 - Middlemarch by George Eliot (discussion of Books I-IV)
8/12 - Middlemarch by George Eliot (discussion of Books V-VIII)
9/8 - Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Our source lists...
Previous books read by the group, for reference (partial list):
- Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
- Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
- All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren
- Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet #3) by Lawrence Durrell
- Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
- Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- Le Père Goriot (or "Old Man Goriot") by Honoré de Balzac
- The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- "Three Novels" by Samuel Beckett - book includes Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (sic)
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
- Ironweed by William Kennedy
- Proust's In Search of Lost Time, Volume I only -- called "Swann's Way" (Modern Library version)
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Moby Dick and Billy Budd by Herman Melville