What we're about

With experience drawn from several other delightful book groups in the time of Coronavirus, the Quixotic Book Club will focus on provocative, influential, and inspirational works of literature. The idea will be to work through literature from Don Quixote (1604) to post-WWII (~1960s). In order to keep the readings fresh and diverse; by writer, time period, country of origin, we’ll jump around a lot. Hopefully, this approach will foster a fun, diverse, creative group of passionate readers, and we can jointly toil through some of the more difficult material, and make new friends along the way.

The spacing of meetings will depend on what we read. We’ll do the meetings on Zoom and try to regularly schedule some events and in-person social activities as this becomes safe and possible.

Upcoming events (4+)

The Red and the Black by Stendhal; Book 1 (240 pages)

Online event

Stendhal, the nom de plume of Marie-Henri Beyle, wrote in the early 19th century; a contemporary of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and George Sand. This period marked a transition in style, from romance to realism. Like Balzac, Stendhal is considered a pioneer of literary realism. Known for acute character development and psychological depth, Stendhal's works were not fully appreciated until the 20th century.

The Red and the Black is one of the best known of Stendhal's novels detailing the social rise of the protagonist, Julien Sorel.

The novel is long, though described as a quick read. It's our first novel by Stendhal and worth splitting into two meetings. I'm working with a relatively recent translation by Roger Gard. The translation work of Margaret Shaw is also acclaimed.

There is a Gutenberg version translated by Horace Samuel:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/44747/44747-h/44747-h.htm

The Red and the Black by Stendhal; Book 2 (289 pages)

Stendhal, the nom de plume of Marie-Henri Beyle, wrote in the early 19th century; a contemporary of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and George Sand. This period marked a transition in style, from romance to realism. Like Balzac, Stendhal is considered a pioneer of literary realism. Known for acute character development and psychological depth, Stendhal's works were not fully appreciated until the 20th century.

The Red and the Black is one of the best known of Stendhal's works detailing the social rise of the protagonist, Julien Sorel.

The novel is long, though described as a quick read. It's our first novel by Stendhal and worth splitting into two meetings. I'm working with a relatively recent translation by Roger Gard. The translation work of Margaret Shaw is also acclaimed.

There is a Gutenberg version translated by Horace Samuel:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/44747/44747-h/44747-h.htm

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; Part 1 & 2 (214 pages)

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

So starts Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s second masterpiece; a great work of literature, artistic paragon, and timeless love story.

After hundreds of novels on love, hours of dense Russian literature, and the relationships we’ve forged over two years of reading together, Great Loves and Quixotic are uniting for Tolstoy's epic love story, Anna Karenina. We approach the world of Anna & Alexei Karenina, Vronsky, Levin, and Kitty, with a special co-organized book discussion for a limited group of readers from Great Loves and Quixotic.

We expect high demand so please gauge your appetite to read Anna Karenina with us over 6-weeks this fall. We’ll schedule roughly 200 pages for the first meeting (and allow two weeks to read), and about 100-pages per week for the following 5-weeks.

Note the 6:30pm start time for these events. There will be 12 spots available on Great Loves, 12 spots on Quixotic, and the discussion together on the same zoom video conference.

The Constance Garnett translation is highly recommended and will be the base we read from.

Callia & Matt

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; Part 3 (104 pages)

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

So starts Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s second masterpiece; a great work of literature, artistic paragon, and timeless love story.

After hundreds of novels on love, hours of dense Russian literature, and the relationships we’ve forged over two years of reading together, Great Loves and Quixotic are uniting for Tolstoy's epic love story, Anna Karenina. We approach the world of Anna & Alexei Karenina, Vronsky, Levin, and Kitty, with a special co-organized book discussion for a limited group of readers from Great Loves and Quixotic.

We expect high demand so please gauge your appetite to read Anna Karenina with us over 6-weeks this fall. We’ll schedule roughly 200 pages for the first meeting (and allow two weeks to read), and about 100-pages per week for the following 5-weeks.

Note the 6:30pm start time for these events. There will be 12 spots available on Great Loves, 12 spots on Quixotic, and the discussion together on the same zoom video conference.

The Constance Garnett translation is highly recommended and will be the base we read from.

Callia & Matt

Past events (49)

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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