We are passionate book lovers with an affinity for classic fiction. But we don't just read dry texts by old, dead white guys. We explore well-loved works from all over the world, books that remind us why they were so vital in the first place and why they remain such important parts of our literary culture. The people are friendly and intelligent, the discussion is lively, and we are always looking for like-minded readers who love to think and talk.
You’ve seen the movie, now read the book! “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” is Scottish novelist Muriel Spark’s best-known work, and in 2005 was named by Time magazine one of the hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. The novel — or, rather, novella — is about a teacher who uses her own experiences and preferences to educate the young girls in her class. The character of the perpetually “in my prime” Jean Brodie was based on Spark’s own teacher, who encouraged her to be a writer.
Swift’s best-known work is a prime display of the writer and clergyman’s satirical talents, skewering human nature and the “traveller’s tales” literary subgenre. He goes after, among other things, misogyny, the state of European government, and the petty differences between religions. Extra credit for also reading “A Modest Proposal”!
Two for the price of one! We will discuss Hesse’s two best-known works, “Siddhartha” and “The Glass Bead Game.” The short novel “Siddhartha” concerns a young man’s spiritual journey of self-discovery during the time of the Buddha, while “The Glass Bead Game” tells the life story of a member of a future order of intellectuals, from his education to his mastery of the titular game. While these are two different stories that take place at very different times, they seem to both detail a quest for a kind of utopia. I can’t wait to read these and find out if I’m right.