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Let's Discuss "Corinne, Or Italy" by Germain de Stael
• What we'll do from If you like Stendhal and Flaubert, you may enjoy Corinne. It reads like a historical travelogue interspersed with novel-like components. The relationship between Oswald and Corinne is complex, they know it, and they analyze this relationship at every opportunity. The most valuable passages in the book, for me, are the ones where Corinne argues in favor of art for art's sake. This is a personal theme and Madame de Stael gets it just right, I think. There are quite a few meditations on the destructive power of romantic love. It cannot be controlled, there is no choice in the matter, all one's creative gifts can dry up and disappear if one becomes a slave to this emotion. From Corinne's thoughts: "I was born with some talent. I shall die without people knowing anything about me, although I am famous. If I had been happy, if the fever of love had not consumed me, I would have studied human destiny from a great height; there I would have discovered unknown bonds between nature and heaven. But unhappiness holds me in its grip. How can I think freely when it makes itself felt every time I try to breathe?" • What to bring The book and their ideas. • Important to know

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So many GREAT books, so little time!

A well written book is like a warm blanket on a cold night or a fine wine that lingers in your memory long afterward. If you are interested in reading (or revisiting) the greatest books of all time, then this book club is for you! We read books widely regarded as the best novels ever written.

The Classic Novels Club will meet in the north metro area, on one Thursday every month from 7:00- 8:30. Meetings will be very casual. All you need to bring is your curiosity and willingness to share your thoughts, ideas and perhaps a favorite paragraph.

Discussions are focused on the book, so please try to read the book prior to attending if possible, but you are welcome to attend either way.

SPECIAL NOTE: We are a true book discussion group. We are always cordial and friendly to everyone, but our members like to read serious books - no fluff ever! - and discuss them in depth with other devoted readers. Our meetings are 90% book discussion, and maybe 10% chit-chat. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds; we believe that bringing together readers of diverse backgrounds enriches our discussions.

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