Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: Prometheus Unbound

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 2, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Prometheus Unbound is a four-act play by Percy Bysshe Shelley first published in 1820. It is inspired by Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound and concerns the final release from captivity of Prometheus.

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: 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: 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 - 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: 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.

Eclectic Book Club: Life of Pi

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive.

Eclectic Book Club: Holding On

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Holding On by David Isay & Harvey Wang
The 50 individuals profiled in this delightful collection all were interviewed by Isay on his National Public Radio series The American Folklife Radio Project. Most of his subjects are older people who are dreamers, devoting themselves to such pursuits as creating religious grottoes, castles, bells and centers for dinosaur sculptures; conducting businesses, such as opera houses or bars, in ghost towns; or following unusual careers, for example, marriage brokering and restoring mannequins. There are those whose lifework has not been exotic, such as a country doctor who still charges a dollar for an office visit, a hat blocker and a sheepherder. But Isay approaches them all open-mindedly and sympathetically, and his warm commentary is supplemented by Wang's superb photos.

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