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This group reads lengthy books (350+ pages) that might otherwise not be feasible for monthly groups. Consequently, we will only meet once per quarter and the meetings will be approximately three hours in length. We're affiliated with Houston Great Books and follow "Shared Inquiry" discussion guidelines.

A list of the books we've read and discussed since we started in 2004 is found at https://bit.ly/MonumentalGBHistory .

Upcoming events (2)

Discussion of Francois Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel (Books 1-4)

Bill will lead a discussion of Francois Rabelais's carnivalesque work, Gargantua and Pantagruel. The Screech translation (Penguin, includes many notes and puts Book 2 first -- see below -- now available again) is recommended.

(When the Screech translation appeared to be unavailable, I recommended the Raffel (Norton) translation as an alternative. The Screech translation is now available.)

The discussion will focus on Books 1-4, and we'll likely start the discussion with Book 2 (Pantagruel; the others in order are Gargantua, Third Book of Pantagruel, Fourth Book of Pantagruel). Pantagruel was the first published by Rabelais, but the reading order is up to you. (We aren't planning to read or discuss Book 5, which was likely written by someone else.)

The meeting will take place online this time in Webex: https://billhord.my.webex.com/billhord.my/j.php?MTID=mb748b32278b6c8a78b900e35a28ca9ea
The password, if needed, is pantagruelism.

A list of the books we've read and discussed since we started in 2004 is found at https://bit.ly/MonumentalGBHistory .

Discussion of Mark Helprin's A Soldier of the Great War

Central Market-Community Room

Charlie will lead a discussion of Mark Helprin's soldier and family saga, A Soldier of the Great War.

The meeting will take place either in person or online, depending on venue availability. (Watch this space.)

A list of the books we've read and discussed since we started in 2004 is found at https://bit.ly/MonumentalGBHistory .

Past events (40)

Discussion of Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn's Cancer Ward

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