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April Brunch - The Late Mattia Pascal (Luigi Pirandello)

  • Apr 7, 2013 · 12:15 PM
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Something darkly funny from Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello to end the cold months. Respected reviewers call him an explorer of identity and its mysteries, a connoisseur of black humor, and among the most teasing and profound of modern masters.

"Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town. Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead. Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new course of life - only to find that this new existence is as insufferable as the old one. But when he returns to the world he left behind, it's too late: his job is gone, his wife has remarried. Mattia Pascal's fate is to live on as the ghost of the man he was." - Publisher

*This book is available in Nook format.

Reviews:

Very funny, often hilariously so. It is also moving, disturbing, tragic. For Pirandello saw comedy residing in “the fundamental contradiction … between human aspiration and frailty,” a contradiction that induced “a certain perplexity between weeping and laughing.”
NYTimes Book Review

About the Author:

"Pirandello was born in Agrigento, Sicily, the son of a rich mining contractor. Having studied at the universities of Palermo and Rome and taken a degree in philology at Bonn, the young Pirandello turned to writing poetry and stories, achieving his first literary success in 1904 with his novel The Late Mattia Pascal. During World War I, Pirandello began to write for the stage, winning an international following with plays such as Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921) and Henry IV (1922). In 1934, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pirandello was the author of novels, essays, stories, and more than fifty plays, as well as an influence on writers as different as Eugène Ionesco and T.S. Eliot." - NYTimes Book Review

"The bankruptcy of his father in 1903 drastically altered his life. His wife became ill both mentally and physically and he contemplated committing suicide. It is against this background that he wrote The Late Mattia Pascal in 1904 which is seen as the beginning of all that is most interesting in his work." - BarnesandNoble.com

 

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** NOTE : I WILL BE EMAILING MEMBERS ASKING YOU TO CONFIRM YOUR "YES" RSVP A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE MEETUP, WITH YOUR REPLY DUE NO LATER THAN APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT SO WE CAN GET A PRETTY ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHANGE A "YES" RSVP TO A "NO" IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE, SO MEMBERS ON THE WAITING LIST HAVE A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK. AND REMEMBER TO SEE THE "PAGES" LINK FOR THE NO-SHOW POLICY, IT'S STRICTLY ENFORCED. THANKS

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  • Jane E

    Interesting discussion, interesting company and a good choice of book. A very good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Sarah

    Great book, great company, great venue, all thanks to our great organizer.

    3 · April 8, 2013

  • Elle

    Just got a call and it's impossible for me to attend, sending my regrets. A wonderful book--and so interested in what others thought. But now some lucky wait lister gets my place. See you all in May. Thanks Rachel!

    April 4, 2013

    • rachel

      Thanks for the prompt notice Elle. Glad you enjoyed the book and see you soon. Thanks!

      April 4, 2013

  • Lauren

    aaand stuck working again. :(

    April 3, 2013

    • rachel

      :( we'll have to have a lawyers books and coffee commiseration session so you don't feel like you've wasted all the effort reading all these books!

      April 3, 2013

    • Lauren

      :) good books are never a waste. but that sounds pretty good actually.

      April 3, 2013

  • Sarabeth H.

    Silly me! I just realized that I'll be out of town on the 7th. Sorry about that!

    March 28, 2013

    • rachel

      Come back and join us again soon - have fun!

      April 1, 2013

  • rachel

    Hi guys - just my regular 2 week-out reminder to please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend - we have a large waiting list again this month. In the past few months plenty of spots have opened up in the days before the meetup; just want to give people enough time to plan and read. Thanks!

    March 21, 2013

  • Jane E

    The Weaver translation is the one that I have too.

    March 11, 2013

  • Anthony O.

    I believe so. The Weaver translation is the one featured on this page. Enjoy!

    March 11, 2013

  • Vinisha P.

    Can't wait. I have not been to a meeting for a while.

    February 15, 2013

  • Namita J.

    Looking forward to meeting the group!

    February 14, 2013

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