Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: Oresteia

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Oresteia, the only extant trilogy among the Greek tragedies, is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture. Beginning with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, and continuing through Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra in Libation Bearers and his acquittal at Athena's court in Eumenides, the trilogy traces the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of law.

Bailey Cove Classics: Idylls of the King

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, July 7, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

UAH professor Dr. Jennifer Garlen will discuss the evolution of the Arthurian legend. About the book: with regal melancholy and superb craftsmanship, Tennyson's poems evoke past and present-the Isle of the Lotos-eaters, Camelot, and his own twilit English gardens-seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Praised over all other poets for his unerring portraits of the gentleman and the beggar alike, Tennyson still favored neither.

Bailey Cove Classics: Prometheus Bound

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, September 11, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

One of the greatest of the classical Greek dramas, based on the Greek legend of the Titan demi-god who, against the will of Zeus, stole fire from the gods for the benefit of man. His terrible punishment by Zeus, and his continuing defiance of Zeus in the face of that punishment, remain universal symbols of man's vulnerability in any struggle with the gods.

Bailey Cove Classics: Othello

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 3, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination (between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona), with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Blithedale Romance

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 4, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Renouncing the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America. But the group is a powerful mix of competing ambitions and its idealism finds little satisfaction in farmwork. Instead, of changing the world, the members of the Blithedale community individually pursue egotistical paths that ultimately lead to tragedy.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Prince

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 7, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

What is truly meant by "Machiavellian"? Explore the book to seek answers. Possessed of a great intellect, Niccolò Machiavelli was uniquely suited to examine and explain the important details of statecraft. Machiavelli, like Plato and Pythagoras and Confucius two hundred odd decades before him, saw only one method by which a thinking man, himself not powerful, might do the work of state building, and that was by seizing the imagination of a Prince. With these writings, he has influenced the history of the world.

Bailey Cove Classics: Trojan Women

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Describes with unparalleled intensity the horrific brutality that both women and children undergo at the end of the Trojan War, but in the end is a play that insists on the victory of spirit amid the horrors created by gods and men.

Bailey Cove Classics - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

One of the most significant and outspoken literary documents ever to come out of Soviet Russia. A brutal depiction of life in a Stalinist camp and a moving tribute to man's triumph of will over relentless dehumanization, this is Solzhenitsyn's first novel to win international acclaim.

Bailey Cove Classics: Ramayana

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, July 3, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the classic Indian epic.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Oedipus Trilogy

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, September 12, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Taking up the theme of humans being trapped both by fate and their own frailties, the plays tell the story of the family of Oedipus, who in Greek mythology killed his father and married his mother without knowing that they were, in fact, his parents.

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