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Classics Made Modern eBook Discussion
- Read the free ebook
- Discuss online anytime and in person on the 2nd Monday of each month from 1:30-3pm
- Get more out of your experience with a quick overview posted online and presented at book group, including: author bio, historical context, pop culture trivia, memorable characters, the critics take, and quotes
- Each month, the ebook, eaudiobook, handouts and resources will be posted at http://www.tscpl.org/tag/classics
Yes, you can still read a traditional book!
All discussions led by Lissa Staley, 785-580-4555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Schedule of Books for Discussion
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- The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) by Thomas Hardy opens with a shocking act: a man sells his wife and child at a country fair in rustic England. In time, the man becomes successful and respected, but his shameful past makes this a tragic novel. Mon Jan 14 1:30–3:00 pm
- Roughing It by Mark Twain (1872) is a semi-autobiographical account of his six years traveling in the West, including Nevada and San Francisco. Twain’s satiric humor and imagination freely inspire his memory of these adventures. Mon Feb 11 1:30–3:00 pm
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891) imagines a young man who sells his soul to ensure that a painting of him will age so that his own beauty never fades in this work of classic gothic fiction with a strong Faustian theme. Mon Mar 11 1:30–3:00 pm
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878) creates a epic tale of sex, duty, marriage and moral regeneration in this realistic novel of unhappy families set in imperial Russia. Critics describe it as flawless, the greatest novel ever written. Mon Apr 8 1:30–3:00 pm
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1920) presents the debut of the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe in her locked bedroom? Suspects, clues and red herrings abound. Mon May 13 1:30–3:00 pm
- The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account) by Charles Dickens (1850) uses some incidents from Dicken’s early life. Mon Jun 10 1:30–3:00 pm
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898) is one of the first stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race, focusing on the adventures of a man and his brothers outside London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Mon Jul 8 1:30–3:00 pm
- Middlemarch by George Eliot (1874) studies provincial life in the 1830s with multiple plots, a leisurely pace, a large cast of characters, and themes ranging from the status of women and marriage to religion, political reform, and education. Mon Aug 12 1:30–3:00 pm
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901) presents a portrait of the people, culture, and religions of India through the story of an orphaned white boy gone native who is recruited as a spy in Britain’s struggle to maintain its colonial grip on India. Mon Sep 9 1:30–3:00 pm
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to relocate from Transylvania to England. Stoker defined the modern form of the vampire in this gothic horror novel, and includes themes of immigration and colonialism. Mon Oct 14 1:30–3:00 pm
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903) details Buck’s struggle as he is snatched from a pastoral ranch in California and forced into the harsh life of a Yukon sled dog during the 19th century Klondike Gold Rush. Mon Nov 4 1:30–3:00 pm
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911) brings Mary Lennox, orphaned by cholera in India, to her grieving uncle’s house on the Yorkshire moors. The book explores family secrets and the healing power inherent in living things. Mon Dec 9 1:30–3:00 pm
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A 1932 novel set in London of AD 2540 anticipates a future developed society of rampant consumerism, worthless free love, routine drug use and cultural passivity.
Mon | Aug 13| 1:30–3:00 PM
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome
Published in 1889, this funny account of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, but the humorous elements took over in this timeless and celebrated novel.
Mon | Sept 10 | 1:30–3:00 PM
Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
In his 1953 semi-autobiographical coming of age novel, Baldwin examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans, both as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community.
Mon | Oct 8 | 1:30–3:00 PM
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
In 1938, a curmudgeon and satirist publishes Scoop, a comedy of England’s newspaper business of the 1930s and the story of an innocent boy from the country who is hired as a big city war correspondent through a series of accident and mistaken identity.
Mon | Nov 12 | 1:30–3:00 PM
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In
By Charles Dickens
This second in Dicken’s 1840’s series of similar Christmas books contains strong social and moral messages, particularly about the fallen and unfortunate.
Mon | Dec 10 | 1:30–3:00 PM