We are an enthusiastic group of readers who enjoy interesting discussion on characters, themes, and the world views of authors and directors alike. We usually take a month per book and film, but occasionally will extend that based on the length of the book. It is recommended that you come to the meeting having read and watched completely, but please do not feel discouraged if you do not finish in time. Your presence and input is still welcome, though you will need to be prepared for spoilers! We meet in Syosset and sometimes Huntington. Please feel free to contact Sarah Scarnato for more information at (917) 442-7461. We love new members and their friends!
"Published in 1919, Winesburg, Ohio is Sherwood Anderson’s masterpiece, a work in which he achieved the goal to which he believed all true writers should aspire: to see and feel “all of life within.” In a perfectly imagined world, an archetypal small American town, he reveals the hidden passions that turn ordinary lives into unforgettable ones. Unified by the recurring presence of young George Willard, and played out against the backdrop of Winesburg, Anderson’s loosely connected chapters, or stories, coalesce into a powerful novel.
In such tales as “Hands,” the portrayal of a rural berry picker still haunted by the accusations of homosexuality that ended his teaching career, Anderson’s vision is as acute today as it was over eighty-five years ago. His intuitive ability to home in on examples of timeless, human conflicts—a workingman deciding if he should marry the woman who is to bear his child, an unhappy housewife who seeks love from the town’s doctor, an unmarried high school teacher sexually attracted to a pupil—makes this book not only immensely readable but also deeply meaningful. An important influence on Faulkner, Hemingway, and others who were drawn to Anderson’s innovative format and psychological insights, Winesburg, Ohio deserves a place among the front ranks of our nation’s finest literary achievements."
Looking forward to this one. It's a personal favorite!
As usual, snacks and friends are very encouraged! It is recommended that you come having read the novel in its entirety, but do not be discouraged if you cannot finish! Sometimes discussion with others is great inspiration to finish the reading, and we still value your input!
Hope to see you there!