Ernesto Sabato's "The Tunnel"

"An unforgettable psychological novel of obsessive love, The Tunnel was championed by Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, and Graham Greene upon its publication in 1948 and went on to become an international bestseller. At its center is an artist named Juan Pablo Castel, who recounts from his prison cell his murder of a woman named María Iribarne. Obsessed from the moment he sees her examining one of his paintings, Castel fantasizes for months about how they might meet again. When he happens upon her one day, a relationship develops that convinces him of their mutual love. But Castel's growing paranoia leads him to destroy the one thing he truly cares about."

NOTE: We are meeting on the second Thursday of July, because July 4 is a holiday.

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  • John

    I loved this novel and look forward to reading it again some day. The novel's themes of obssessive love and alienation are not new, but rarely have they been presented in a narrative as ambiguous and philosophically rich as Sabato's. Individual chapters are composed as carefully as a poem.

    August 9, 2013

  • Denis K.

    A very enjoyable book club meeting. I always appreciate that several people engage in a close reading of the novel. I always learn something important from the group. Looking forward to next month.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Catherine D.

    Great discussion!

    July 12, 2013

  • Alice C.

    Nice discussion. Tunnels do not necessarily have to be lonely if you allow others in your tunnel. Think of 'Lincoln Tunnel' in NYC! On my way back home, I finally think of a book by a 20th century author that is relatively sunny --- it is the very first novel I read for my English composition class in US --- Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'! Lee got the Pulitzer prize for this book. However, it is rather rare to have such a happy and sweet book in the 20th century! And that may continue in the 21th century, unfortunately!

    July 11, 2013

  • Valerie

    Wonderful discussion on The Tunnel, I look forward to the next discussion.

    July 11, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I'll be a little late tonight due to work.

    July 11, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Sorry, I have to work late now tomorrow. Hopefully I can make it next month.

    July 10, 2013

  • Elizabeth A.

    : (

    July 9, 2013

  • Peter

    Friend visiting Unable to come this night Will miss not being there.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am leaving for Tough Mudder in Tahoe that day. Next time!

    July 4, 2013

  • Anna A.

    I will be in Sweden for the summer.

    June 7, 2013

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