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.

Far From the Madding Crowd

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Monday, October 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: There is in England no more real or typical district than Thomas Hardy's imaginary Wessex, the scattered fields and farms of which were first discovered in Far from the Madding Crowd. It is here that Gabriel Oak observes Bathsheba, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, fall victim to her amorous caprices. He stands by her through one marriage to a handsome, corruptly sentimental sergeant. Selflessly altruistic, he sees her through another betrothal to her compulsive, puritanical neighbor-as unaware as she of the stroke of Fate that will effect their ultimate union. Published anonymously and first attributed to George Eliot, Far from the Madding Crowd won Hardy immediate success; it combines an architecturally perfect plot with the philosophical overtones that were to set the theme for all his later works. - Publisher

No Great Mischief

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Monday, September 28, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod: In a family where "the brothers still speak Gaelic to each other; legends lurk at the edge of the simplest conversation; language and music are themselves links to a heroic, defeated past," Alexander MacDonald spends a summer in the mines with his wild older brother and cares for another brother, now a dying alcoholic. - Publisher

Atonement

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Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Atonement by Ian McEwan: In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and absolution. - Publisher

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Monday, July 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: The classic novel follows Stephen Dedalus from his days as a student at the Clongowes Wood School, to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, to his college years during which he challenges the conventions of his upbringing. - Publisher

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