An Orange County based virtual book club looking to read and engage in some classic literature!
We'll meet on the last Sunday of every month to discuss what we read that month.
We'll trade months of specific books (January - The Picture of Dorian Grey, March - Beloved) and Choose Your Own from a Genre (February - Poetry, April - Short Stories) so everyone gets to read something new and interesting and talk about it at the meeting!
Welcome back to Book Club: The Classics! Let's start the year right with Oscar Wilde's classic THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Published in 1890.
In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
Pick a volume of 'classic' poetry and come discuss your favorites, your least favorite, what you felt and what you thought. We'll each share a poem that we think defines our volume and learn a little in the process!
We will meet to discuss Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Our thoughts, feelings, opinions and lasting impressions.
Published in 1987, Beloved is considered a modern classic:
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
Pick a volume of 'classic' short stories and come discuss your favorites, your least favorite, what you felt and what you thought. We'll each read part of a story that we think defines our volume and learn a little in the process!