Williamsburg book club

Dear members:  We had a lively meeting last night, and still had time to pick two future books!  One of them is "I, Claudius" by Robert Graves, which we'll discuss on Saturday, December 14 (this book is probably widely available at libraries).  According to one reviewer on Amazon.com:

"Roman history, with its conquests, technical advancements, and impact on our modern world can be one of the most facinating subjects known to man. Roman politics, however, is usually one of the most boring. What Graves does with "I, Claudius" is present all the complex political intrigues of the early empire and make them not only bearable, but extremely involving. Told through the eyes of Tiberius Claudius, the intellectually gifted but physically deformed relation to a series of emperors, the book winds from the last half of Augustus's reign through the notorious times of Caligula, all the while keeping the reader enthralled. The most remarkable thing about this book is simply that so much HAPPENS. Unlike most works of fiction, Graves' work does not busy itself with flowing descriptions of scenery, beautiful women, or romantic philosophy. Instead, the plot moves from event to event in a fast-paced but still rich combination of history and literary skill. Graves is able to strike an impressive balance between massive amounts of raw information (the history part) and uniquely adept storytelling prowess. Never have I read a book so full of historical fact and yet so utterly enjoyable."

For those of you who haven't seen them, the DVD's are also available via Netflix - they're the PBS episodes that whole families watched together when they were broadcast in 1976.  The series is pretty faithful to the book and very enjoyable in its own right, especially the superb cast.  So feel free to "mix media" on this one as you get ready to come discuss - hope to see you there!

Lisa

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  • Dan N.

    I've dreaded making this decision all week, but I'm probably not going to make it. I'm going to try really hard to come at the beginning to see everyone for a few minutes, though. If I don't, have a great holiday season, everyone!

    December 13, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Missed you! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy start to the New Year!

      December 15, 2013

  • Kathy A.

    What was the general consensus on the book? I would love to know what people thought of it.

    December 14, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Sorry you were busy - hope end of semester is going well! I think people generally found the book interesting, and the conversation was good. But it's a long-ish book, and the person who most clearly enjoyed it was Bob, who really likes things about ancient Rome. If you want just the story and characters, etc., the Hulu streaming of the PBS tale might be more to the point....

      1 · December 15, 2013

  • Kathy A.

    Sad to miss, but I am in the middle of finals and "trying" to study right now.

    December 14, 2013

  • Susan M.

    I won't be able to make it tomorrow. Hope to see you next time.

    December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I assume it will meet at the Pike's home? Can I bring a visitor from out of town? Thanks! Carolyn Prescott

    December 9, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Yes, it's always held at our home. Feel free to bring a visitor (even one from out of town) if they would enjoy being there!

      December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to work. .... :-(

    December 6, 2013

  • Dan N.

    Hulu is also streaming the entire series for free!

    3 · November 27, 2013

  • Jodi

    Unfortunately, I have other work-related commitments keeping me from attending. Lisa, I have a serving spoon of yours that accidentally came home with me. Can I drop it by some late afternoon?

    November 17, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Dear Jodi: Sorry you've had to miss some - hope you can come back again soon! As for the serving spoon, feel free to drop by with it, and if I'm not around it's okay to leave it on the chair by the door with the dog stuff (bags, towels, umbrellas) on it. Thanks! Have a great Thanksgiving!

      November 17, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Hi, Jodi! I got the spoon - thanks for bringing it by! Not the weather in which to enjoy being a dog owner, but I hope you're keeping dry!

      November 27, 2013

  • Bob P.

    Hey group: Here is the Julio-Claudian family tree to help with all those complex inter-marriage relationships in the book:

    http://www.meetup.com/The-New-Williamsburg-Book-Club/photos/18766182/

    November 25, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Dear Sharon: Thanks for letting us know. I hope all is well now. We'll look forward to meeting you when you can come. I'll be posting the books in a minute, but we'll be reading "I, Claudius" for December and "Wool" for January, so look for those emails later this morning.
    Lisa

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa, a family matter has come up that requires my presence- disappointed with having to miss this evening.
    Have RSVP'd for Dec 14- will check the site for the book of the month. Sharon

    November 16, 2013

    • Bob P.

      Hi Sharon: Sorry we won't get to meet you tonight. We'll look forward to seeing you in December.

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will definitely be there and can't wait to discuss the book selection!!

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will the book for the Dec. 14 meeting be posted? I saw that the November meeting is full-will make sure I RSVP early. Looking forward to being a part of a book club.

    November 14, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Dear Sharon: I just raised the number for November, so come on Saturday if you're available!! That's also when we'll be picking the book for December (and maybe January, if we have time), and I'll post those the next day. Hope to see you Saturday!

      November 14, 2013

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