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Each month we will read and discuss a great classic novel. Some of these books we may have read as children or teens, others may be new to us, but all have had a significant impact and are worth a read, or even a second read. We will meet at a coffee/tea shop or a wine bar each month to discuss the book and share our thoughts.

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Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

David Rubenstein Atrium

Postponed to January 9 (originally scheduled for December 5). See more details in the Comments.

Described by Wikipedia as "one of the greatest works of world literature," The Divine Comedy is one of those books that hits a lot of people's "To Read" lists. Unfortunately, it seems so intimidating that nobody ever wants to start it. I hope that by selecting it as our reading, it will motivate more of us to get it off the list!

This year is the 700th anniversary of Dante's death (@David for that nugget of wisdom!), and 100th anniversary of the statue in Dante Park, just north of the David Rubenstein Atrium where we usually have our meetings. If you would like more reasons to read this book, click here: https://davelafferty.com/2021/01/23/10-reasons-to-read-dante/. This page has a great high-level overview (a little dry, but good info): https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3547/dante-devine-comedy-still-relevant/.

There are many versions, so make sure to get the copy you want, whether you decide on an abbreviated or complete edition. (This is the one I will be reading: https://www.amazon.com/Divine-Comedy-Inferno-Purgatorio-Paradiso/dp/0451208633/ref=pd_lpo_1.) In its full text, this is a longer book, but we will have 6 weeks between meetings due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Everyone is encouraged to join the meet-up, even if you are not able to finish reading the book! It can still be interesting to hear what others have to say.

Past events (78)

Call of the Wild by Jack London

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