Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: Aeneid

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 6, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The story of an epic voyage in which Aeneas crosses stormy seas, becomes entangled in a tragic love affair with Dido of Carthage, descends to the world of the dead - all the way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods - and finally reaches Italy, where he will fulfill his destiny: to found the Roman people. A stirring tale of arms and heroism, dispossession and defeat, and an unsparing portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and fate, the Aeneid brings to life a whole world of human passion, nobility, and courage.

Bailey Cove Classics: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 13, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

Bailey Cove Classics: Bhagavad Gita

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 4, 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy.

Bailey Cove Classics - Gulliver's Travels

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 5, 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver to four marvelous realms: Lilliput, where the people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land inhabited by giants; Laputa, a wondrous flying island; and a country where the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses, are served by savage humanoid creatures called Yahoos. A brilliant combination of adventure, humor, and philosophy.

Bailey Cove Classics: Troilus and Criseyde

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 2, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The tragedy of Troilus and Criseyde is one of the greatest narrative poems in English literature. Set during the siege of Troy, it tells how the young knight Troilus, son of King Priam, falls in love with Criseyde, a beautiful widow. Brought together by Criseyde's uncle, Pandarus, the lovers are then forced apart by the events of war, which test their oaths of fidelity and trust to the limits.

Bailey Cove Classics: Picture of Dorian Gray

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception, or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent.

Bailey Cove Classics: Leaves of Grass

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 3, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

When Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855 as a slim tract of twelve untitled poems, Walt Whitman was still an unknown. But his self-published volume soon became a landmark of poetry, introducing the world to a new and uniquely American form. The "father of free verse," Whitman drew upon the cadence of simple, even idiomatic speech to "sing" such themes as democracy, sexuality, and frank autobiography.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Castle of Otranto

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 8, 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This thrilling tale abounds in adventure, suspense, and supernatural occurrences. In a realm where a villain reigns, mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir. Otranto is the first Gothic novel and paved the way for later important works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. UAH's Dr. Jennifer Garlen will lead the discussion.

Bailey Cove Classics: Rubáiyát

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 5, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rubáiyát means "quatrains" in the Persian language. This verse form was popularized in Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the collection of Persian verses known as the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. In fact, Rubáiyát is a common shorthand name for this collection.

Bailey Cove Classics: Medea

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Witch, barbarian, foreigner, or a woman wronged and committed to the most horrific kind of justice, Medea is a heroine who makes her audience shudder. Euripides shows us an astonishingly strong female protagonist, whom some readers have identified as the first feminist in Western literature. Seeing where her strength leads her, though, we must wonder if she was intended to be portrayed a model or as a warning.

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