Book Club Meetings

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.

Bailey Cove Classics: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, June 9, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

It is Christmas in Camelot and a truly royal feast has been laid out for King Arthur and his Knights. And though there is plenty of good cheer to go around, the festivities hardly begin before a monstrous, axe-wielding, green-skinned Knight barges in. He has come to see the famous Knights of the Round Table and offer them a simple but deadly challenge -a challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawain -a challenge that will force him to chose between his honor and his life.

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: Idylls of the King

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, July 7, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

UAH professor Dr. Jennifer Garlen will discuss the evolution of the Arthurian legend. About the book: with regal melancholy and superb craftsmanship, Tennyson's poems evoke past and present-the Isle of the Lotos-eaters, Camelot, and his own twilit English gardens-seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Praised over all other poets for his unerring portraits of the gentleman and the beggar alike, Tennyson still favored neither.

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: 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: 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.

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