|Sent on:||Sunday, November 13, 2011 7:47 PM|
We look to have the best attendance ever for our meeting this Thursday, Nov. 17! I was worried that our group was withering away, but we have several new people coming, as well as many of our regulars. "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" should provoke a lot of good discussion.
We decided last month to expand our reading selection beyond the Modern Library list of the 100 greatest novels. That list is good, with a major flaw - it only includes titles published and sold by Modern Library. Hence, no Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Bronte, etc. We will still read only novels widely acknowledged to be classic - no fluff ever! - but we'll include novels published by whomever, without regard to commercial considerations.
Future books and dates will be posted on the Meetup site and emailed to all our members. The next meeting will be Jan. 12, 2012, at the regular time and place. The book is "An American Tragedy", by Theodore Dreiser. We're foregoing our December meeting because of all the other commitments people have in December, and because the next book is much longer than usual. I read "An American Tragedy" almost 30 years ago, with much of the reading done on a dock in Minocqua, Wisconsin. It is a thought-provoking book, well worth the time of any serious reader.
Our February book will be "Jane Eyre", by Charlotte Bronte. For March we'll read "Of Human Bondage", by W. Somerset Maugham. Exact dates and meeting rooms will be posted over the next few weeks.
I encourage members who haven't attended in a while to please come again. We're a friendly group, always nice to each other, while at the same time giving our books a vigorous discussion with varying viewpoints. We like having people with a diversity of backgrounds to enrich our discussions.