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Remember all those great books that were forced down our throats in High School? Do you remember them with fond memories? No, of course not. We were all too young with other priorities to fully appreciate them. This is a book group that aims to remedy that by revisiting all the great classics. Books like The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment, Wuthering Heights, and many many more. This is not high school, there will be no tests or forced questions, just book lovers and casual discussion. -Brad (group founder)

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Online Event: 12 Months of Ulysses, The Sixth Month

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For this month, we are discussing episodes 11 and 12, "The Sirens" and "Cyclops." EPISODE ELEVEN - The Sirens First sentence: "Bronze by gold heard the hoofirons, steelyringing." Last sentence: "Done." EPISODE TWELVE - Cyclops First sentence: "I was just passing the time of day with old Troy of the D.M.P. at the corner of Arbour hill there and be damned but a bloody sweep came along and he near drove his gear into my eye." Last sentence: "And they beheld Him even Him, ben Bloom Elijah, amid clouds of angels ascend to the glory of the brightness at an angle of fortyfive degrees over Donohoe's in Little Green street like a shot off a shovel." You will probably want to have a guidebook to Ulysses. One of the more popular is The New Bloomsday Book (or just The Bloomsday Book) by Harry Blamires. One Goodreads reviewer puts it: "I have described Blamires's The New Bloomsday Book as serving a function similar to that of synopses of operas in playbills. He provides a sense of the action and some important elements to consider when reading Ulysses, but he does so in such a way that readers remain free to respond to Ulysses on their own terms. It's a very difficult balancing act, and one that he executes perfectly." For more detailed, perhaps TOO detailed, notes on every reference, there is Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford. George will comment on the parallels to The Odyssey and other notes. And we'll all discuss our impressions and questions. Instructions for the Online Meeting - *On your computer, tablet, or smartphone, go to the link, https://www.gotomeet.me/juliaweatherby *You can also dial in by phone: U.S. [masked], access code[masked]. *If you're new to GoToMeeting, you can get the app so you're ready for when the meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/476121693. Starting at 6:45 p.m. the night of the meeting, let Julie Weatherby know if you have any issues. Her phone # is[masked]

Online Discussion: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon (about 300 pages) is the story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. It is science fiction that creates a world and also creates a character with a full interior. The book was the 1966 Nebula Award winner for best science fiction / fantasy novel. (Description excerpted from Goodreads.) Instructions for the Online Meeting - *On your computer, tablet, or smartphone, go to the link, https://www.gotomeet.me/juliaweatherby *You can also dial in by phone: U.S. [masked], access code[masked]. *If you're new to GoToMeeting, you can get the app so you're ready for when the meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/476121693. Starting at 6:45 p.m. the night of the meeting, let Julie Weatherby know if you have any issues. Her phone # is[masked]

Online Discussion: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Jane Eyre, first published in 1847, follows the experiences of its heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall. The novel revolutionized prose fiction by focusing on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are colored by a psychological intensity. (description excerpted from Wikipedia) The book is roughly 500 pages, depending on the edition. Instructions for the Online Meeting - *On your computer, tablet, or smartphone, go to the link that shows up after you RSVP to the Meetup. *You can also dial in by phone: U.S. [masked], access code[masked]. *If you're new to GoToMeeting, you can get the app so you're ready for when the meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/476121693. Starting at 6:45 p.m. the night of the meeting, let Julie Weatherby know if you have any issues. Her phone # is[masked]

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