What we're about

We are a book club focussing on significant works of fiction, both classics and modern major prize-winners. We meet on the first Thursday evening of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.

• See what we read and how we select books

http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc .

• See our schedule for upcoming discussions

https://www.meetup.com/HoustonMontroseGreatBooks/events/

• Book Selection Team

https://groups.io/g/HMGB-Team

We are affiliated with Houston Great Books http://www.houstongreatbooks.net and recommend that you visit their website for other book clubs of interest.

Meetings

COVID-19 NOTICE: AT THIS TIME, WE ARE MEETING ONLINE USING THE REMOTE MEETING APPLICATION "ZOOM". YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR A DISCUSSION, AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED HOW TO CONNECT WITH US ONLINE. NO SOFTWARE IS REQUIRED.

You may attend any or all meetings at your choice, regardless of whether you have read the month's book selection. (We ask that only those who have read the book participate actively in the discussions.)

Upcoming events (4)

Bleak House by Charles Dickens - Led by Adam

Online event

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
https://amzn.to/31SHJyu

Widely regarded as Dickens’s masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which whole families have inherited legendary hatreds. Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esther’s romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set against the foggy backdrop of the Court of Chancery. Mixing romance, mystery, comedy, and satire, Bleak House limns the suffering caused by the intricate inefficiency of the law.

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We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone.

Please join 15 minutes prior to scheduled start, in order to say "hi" and test your connection and settings.

PRE-REGISTER NOW, or any time before the meeting with this (easy) three step process:

1) RSVP to the meeting. When you do, an "Online Event" link will appear
2) Click on the link, and fill in the registration form with your name and email address.
3) You will receive almost immediately an email with the actual link to the meeting. Save the email with the link for use at the scheduled time. (If you mislay the email, just repeat step 2).
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See our complete reading list at http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc

Labyrinths by Luis Jorge Borges - Led by Rajiv

Online event

Labyrinths by Luis Jorge Borges
https://amzn.to/3Dl1z3F
(The 2007 "New Directions" version with introduction by William Gibson is recommended)

The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges [masked]) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, The Name of the Rose, is, on one level, an elaborate improvisation on Borges' fiction "The Library," which American readers first encountered in the original 1962 New Directions publication of Labyrinths.

This new edition of Labyrinths, the classic representative selection of Borges' writing edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby (in translations by themselves and others), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby's biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by André Maurois, and a chronology of the author's life. Borges enthusiast William Gibson has contributed a new introduction bringing Borges' influence and importance into the twenty-first century.

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We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone.

Please join 15 minutes prior to scheduled start, in order to say "hi" and test your connection and settings.

PRE-REGISTER NOW, or any time before the meeting with this (easy) three step process:

1) RSVP to the meeting. When you do, an "Online Event" link will appear
2) Click on the link, and fill in the registration form with your name and email address.
3) You will receive almost immediately an email with the actual link to the meeting. Save the email with the link for use at the scheduled time. (If you mislay the email, just repeat step 2).
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See our complete reading list at http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham - Led by Allan

Online event

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
https://amzn.to/3gtR5ou

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancee Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.

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We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone.

Please join 15 minutes prior to scheduled start, in order to say "hi" and test your connection and settings.

PRE-REGISTER NOW, or any time before the meeting with this (easy) three step process:

1) RSVP to the meeting. When you do, an "Online Event" link will appear
2) Click on the link, and fill in the registration form with your name and email address.
3) You will receive almost immediately an email with the actual link to the meeting. Save the email with the link for use at the scheduled time. (If you mislay the email, just repeat step 2).
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See our complete reading list at http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Led by Leigh

Online event

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
https://amzn.to/3j7Hndc

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. ... he finds himself racked with confusion, paranoia, and disgust for his actions. His justifications disintegrate completely as he struggles with guilt and horror and confronts the real-world consequences of his deed.

One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, Crime and Punishment catapulted Dostoyevsky to the forefront of Russian writers and into the ranks of the world's greatest novelists. Crime and Punishment was regarded as an important work in a number of 20th century European cultural movements, notably the Bloomsbury Group, psychoanalysis, and existentialism.

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We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone.

Please join 15 minutes prior to scheduled start, in order to say "hi" and test your connection and settings.

PRE-REGISTER NOW, or any time before the meeting with this (easy) three step process:

1) RSVP to the meeting. When you do, an "Online Event" link will appear
2) Click on the link, and fill in the registration form with your name and email address.
3) You will receive almost immediately an email with the actual link to the meeting. Save the email with the link for use at the scheduled time. (If you mislay the email, just repeat step 2).
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See our complete reading list at http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc

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