For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “The Dead” by James Joyce (the last story in “The Dubliners” by James Joyce). This book is widely available in public libraries, both as a stand-alone book and in "The Dubliners" collection of James Joyce stories. We will meet at a home in Fairfield on Saturday, May 4. We will gather at 1:30 pm and our meeting will end at around 4:30 pm. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you would like to attend.
We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming reading and meetings.
Dan Barry of The New York Times called "The Dead" "just about the finest short story in the English language" on the centennial of Dubliners. T. S. Eliot called it one of the greatest short stories ever written. Joyce biographer and critic Richard Ellmann wrote, "In its lyrical, melancholy acceptance of all that life and death offer, 'The Dead' is a linchpin in Joyce's work." Cornell University Joyce scholar Daniel R. Schwarz described it as "that magnificent short novel of tenderness and passion but also of disappointed love and frustrated personal and career expectations." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_(short_story) ]
Upcoming gatherings of HFFC Books Et Cetera:
“Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (date and location TBD)
“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling (date and location TBD)
Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc.