The Houston Montrose Great Books discussion group is affiliated with Great Books and meets at 6pm on the first Thursday of every month.
Our location is in the downstairs conference room of The Houston Freed-Montrose Public Library at 4100 Montrose Boulevard, one black south of Richmond in the same shopping center as The Black Lab Restaurant.
Parking for attendees is available in a parking garage behind the Library. You may have to take a ticket when you enter the garage but the attendant leaves at 7pm so you don't need to pay on your way out.
We love to have new members. We ask that you read the book if you want to participate in the discussion but everyone is welcome to attend and listen whether they have read the selection or not. Call or email me if you would like more info.
Next Thursday, August 1st from 6pm to 8pm, we will meet to discuss THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner. David will be leading the discussion.
Afterwards, those who are interested in socializing are welcome to join us at THE BLACK LAB Restaurant located next door to the library.
And also, we will be electing new titles to update our future reading list. So please, if you have attended at least twice, send me the name and author of a book (or two) in advance (by July 30) so I can put it on our ballot. The ballot is at: http://www.houstonbookclubs.org/Montrose/ballots/Aug1-2013.html
I will update this location if I get more suggestions. Please check the ballot before next Thursday if you have time as we usually vote by passing the ballot around the room during the discussion. The more prepared you are to vote, the less you will need to be distracted from the discussion.
Hope to see you next week.
Our main website info is at:
Our blog is at:
An archive of previous meeting reminders (and such) is at:
We are affiliated with Houston Great Books as reflected at:
And here is a guide to Shared Inquiry which is basically how we try to conduct the discussion.
- Aug 1 THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner (publ 1929) 350 pages
Notoriously "difficult," this novel is actually one of Faulkner's more accessible works once you get past the abrupt, unannounced time shifts--and certainly the most powerful emotionally according to some reviews. One of the greatest novels for those who appreciate classic literature.
This story of the fall of the Compson family, an aristocratic Southern family, mirrors the fall of the Old South after the Civil War.
--David leading discussion
- Sep 5 THE TRIAL by Franz Kafka (publ 1925) 300 pages
(Breon Mitchell translation recommended and available HERE on Amazon)
The terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.
--Will leading discussion