Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: Henry IV, Part I

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 8, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Henry IV: Part I is the second in a series of four English history plays that make up Shakespeare's major tetralogy. Essentially a coming of age story in which the king's son, Prince Henry or Hal, emerges from his youthful role as a wastrel companion of the tavern crew, into the role of a genuine English monarch by virtue of both blood and character.

Bailey Cove Classics: Julius Caesar

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

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings--"Beware the ides of March"--and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!" Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

Bailey Cove Classics: Revelations of Divine Love

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

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
Special guest Dr. William Munson returns for the second half of discussions about the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins.

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: Lysistrata

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

Writing at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 B.C.) was an eloquent, yet bawdy, challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. In Lysistrata, a band of women plea for an end to the long war between Athens and Sparta.

Bailey Cove Classics: Mourning Becomes Electra

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This play updates the Greek myth of Orestes to the family of a Northern general in the American Civil War. Agamemnon is now General Ezra Mannon, Clytemnestra is his second wife Christine, Orestes is his son Orin, and Electra is his daughter Lavinia. As an updated Greek tragedy, the play features murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even a group of townspeople who function as a kind of Greek chorus.

Bailey Cove Classics - Candide

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, September 8, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

One of the finest satires ever written. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that-- contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss-- all is not always for the best. Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide teaches us that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.

Bailey Cove Classics - Arabian Nights and Days

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

This series of linked intrigues and adventures is a clever, witty concoction that begins on the day following the Thousand and One Nights, when the vizier Dandan learns that his daughter, Shahrzad, has succeeded in saving her life by enthralling the sultan with wondrous tales.

Bailey Cove Classics: Canterbury Tales

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

The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between 14th century English pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The discussion will be led by UAH English professor, Dr. Munson.

Bailey Cove Classics: Desire Under the Elms

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, November 7, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Widower Ephraim Cabot abandons his New England farm to his three sons, who hate him but share his greed. Eben, the youngest and brightest sibling, feels the farm is his birthright, as it originally belonged to his mother. He buys out his half-brothers' shares of the farm with money stolen from his father, and Peter and Simeon head off to California to seek their fortune. Later, Ephraim returns with a new wife, the beautiful and headstrong Abbie, who enters into an adulterous affair with Eben.

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