For those of you who didn’t read the classics of Western (or Eastern) civilization in high school or college, but would prefer a “do-over” to eternal regret!
Also for those who would appreciate those great works of literature much more NOW than you did THEN!
Helpful note: please order or check out your book ASAP, so you can get a good jumpstart before the discussion; but I also recommend an AUDIOBOOK to enhance your experience with the author (and to help you finish “reading” it while sitting in traffic or commuting via public transportation, walking, hiking, exercising, etc.).
If you have book suggestions for the group, please text them to me at 909.764.4122. Thank you!!!
In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia.
Little Women "has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth", but also "as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well".:34. Wikipedia
Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932.
Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider.
The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. A classic novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation.
It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 1 million copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million books.
The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection (Wikipedia).