Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: Inferno

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

The first of the 3 canticles in La divina commedia (The Divine Comedy), this 14th-century allegorical poem begins Dante's imaginary journey from Hell to Purgatory to Paradise with his sojourn among the damned. There he encounters historical and mythological creatures -- each symbolic of a particular vice or crime.

Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 1, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Led by the eponymous Lysistrata, the story's female characters barricade the public funds building and withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War and secure peace. In doing so, Lysistrata engages the support of women from Sparta, Boeotia, and Corinth. All of them, at first aghast at the suggestion of withholding sex, finally agree swearing an oath of allegiance to the cause.

Bailey Cove Classics - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 9, 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Stoppard's play is the inventive tale of "Hamlet" as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play.

Bailey Cove Classics: Hedda Gabler

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfillment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to become involved with a brilliant, wayward writer, she opts for a conventional but loveless marriage in the hope of finding surrogate satisfaction through her husband's career.

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: La Vita Nuova

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, May 7, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

This celebration of the poet's passionate love for his immortal Beatrice weaves together rapturous sonnets and canzoni with prose commentaries and an autobiographical narrative. A predecessor to The Divine Comedy, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) also serves as an ever-relevant treatise on the art and technique of poetry.

Bailey Cove Classics - Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

An unexpurgated translation of the "Tales From the Thousand and One Nights", which represent the expression of a lay and secular imagination in revolt against religious austerity and zeal in Oriental literature. They depict a world of magic but their bawdiness and realism anchor them to daily life.

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 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: 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.

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