Last Monday Book Discussion Group

Meets the Last Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
At the Athens-Clarke County Library

The Last Monday Book Discussion Group selects our titles together usually 3 or 4 at a time. We generally like novels but have included non-fiction history and biographies.

James Joyce, 1882-1941

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Monday, November 24, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Description: The challenging , experimental novels of Irish author James Joyce are critically acclaimed for their clever manipulation of language, intimate psychological detail, and innovative literary techniques. These loosely plotted , character-driven stories offer vividly atmospheric portraits of early 20th-century Dublin, capturing everything from sordid and sensual details of urban revelry to existential doubts and metaphysical ruminations of intellectuals. Readers may need secondary literature to parse the subtle wordplay, richly textured allusions, and epic blocks of stream-of-consciousness narration -- perhaps a small price for understanding this sophisticated and highly regarded author. Start with: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Genres: Autobiographical novels; Coming-of-age stories; Modern classics; Psychological fiction; Short stories; Stream of consciousness fiction
Tone: Atmospheric
Writing Style: Experimental; Lyrical; Richly detailed; Stylistically complex

Dubliners - In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization.

Genre: Books to movies; Modern classics; Short stories

From Novelist database, accessed via GALILEO, 01 Oct 2014.

From Shmoop.com, accessed online at http://www.shmoop.com/dubliners/ 01 October 2014

Think of Dubliners as a pre-Internet version of Google Maps for Dublin, Ireland. For most of the last hundred years, if you wanted an interactive geographic experience of Dublin--the sights, the sounds, and especially the people--you couldn't do much better than read the fifteen linked short stories of James Joyce collection.

The Haunting of Hill House

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Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

In Heritage Room Conference Room

Please note that the Last Monday Book CLub is meeting in a different location this month: Heritage Room Conference Room.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: Dr. Montague, an investigator of psychic disturbances, extends an invitation to three young people to join him at Hill House, whose tragic history has made it unfit for human habitation, and where perhaps they can intensify the forces at work. Eleanor Vance, who had spent eleven years in caring for an invalid mother, is now alone in the world and unwanted- and she has had a poltergeist experience; Theodora is telepathic; and Luke Sanderson is the nephew of the present owner. During the days and nights to follow there are doors that close; drafts that chill; banging and scurrying noises- and writing on the walls. Mrs. Montague arrives- eager to launch a session with planchette and hoping for further materializations beyond these "decided manifestations". But Eleanor becomes increasingly disturbed and distraught; her hoped for close friendship with Theodora is brushed aside- as Theodora goes off alone with Luke; she is the most susceptible to the dark history of this house and attempts to imitate a tragedy in the past; and the story which begins as a spritely tour of the spirit world, ends on a note of real disequilibrium..... A tantalizing, suggestive reconnaissance where the phantasma of other worlds- and private worlds- reveal a disconcerting similarity, and Shirley Jackson's special following will find pause to wonder and admire. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1959)

Slaughterhouse-Five

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Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

In honor of Banned Books Week, Sept 21- 27, 2014, (www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek) we will be reading Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut published in 1969.

Description: Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

World War I

Monday, August 25, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Participants will read whatever they choose - fiction or non-fiction - about World War I. The first battle shots of World War I were fired 100 years ago in August 1914. This discussion will be about treatment of the War by the different authors and what changes the Great War brought.

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