Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: The Great Gatsby

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

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.

Bailey Cove Classics: the works of T.S. Eliot

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, May 1, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Eliot was one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. Never compromising either with the public or indeed with language itself, he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry. Despite this difficulty his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. Discussion included "Waste Land," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "Portrait of a Lady."

Bailey Cove Classics: Hamlet

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

His father is dead. Has his mother married the killer? A ghost cries out for vengeance, but has the Prince who hears the cry gone mad? A kingdom hangs in the balance, but who can be trusted? Family, politics, blood lust, betrayal, mystery, friendship and love--each plays a role in Shakespeare's great tragedy, Hamlet.

Bailey Cove Classics: Les misérables

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The story of how the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, became the gospel of the poor and the oppressed.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Love Songs of Sappho

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 1, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Called the "Tenth Muse" by the ancients, Greece's greatest female lyric poet Sappho (ca. 610-580 B.C.E.) spent the majority of her life on the famed island of Lesbos. Passionate and breathtaking, her poems survive only in fragments, following religious conspiracies to silence her. This excellent translation includes Roche's brilliant essay, "Portrait of Sappho".

Bailey Cove Classics: Symposium

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

Full of drama, humor and sharply drawn characters, the Symposium offers profound insights into gender roles, sex in society and the value of sublimating our basic instincts. Symposium attempts to find the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, leading to mystic union with eternal and supercosmic beauty.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Golden Apples

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 6, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Collection of previously-published short stories by Eudora Welty plus one new novella-length story, "Main Families in Morgana." Symbolism from Greek mythology unifies the stories, all of which are set in the Mississippi Delta town of Morgana over a 40-year period. The hero of "Moon Lake" and the guitarist in "Music from Spain" are Perseus figures. King MacLain, the protagonist of "Shower of Gold," is a sexually adventurous Zeus figure.

Bailey Cove Classics: Dr. William Munson

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

Dr. William Munson returns to discuss Middle English literature. Readings to be announced.

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.

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