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.

Swann's Way

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

In Multipurpose Room C

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust: In this opening volume of Proust's great novel [In Search of Lost Time, 7 books], the narrator seems at first to be launching a fairly traditional life-story. But after the prelude the narrator travels backwards rather than forwards in time, in order to tell the story of a love affair that had taken place before his own birth. Swann's jealous love for Odette, together with the comic antics of the Verdurins and the adoring members of their 'little clan', provide a prophetic model of the narrator's own love-relationships and peregrinations in salon society. All Proust's great themes - time and memory, love and loss, art and the artistic vocation - are here in kernel form.

Genre: Autobiographical fiction; Classics; Coming-of-age stories; Translations
Pace: Leisurely paced
Tone: Reflective
Writing Style: Lush; Lyrical; Stylistically complex

Marcel Proust

French novelist
Born: July 10, 1871
Birthplace: Auteuil, France
Died: November 18, 1922
Place of death: Paris, France

Proust remains the most celebrated French writer of the twentieth century. His masterwork, the seven-volume the novel À la recherche du temps perdu, or Remembrance of Things Past, broke new ground in its explorations of the nature of individual identity, its psychology of space and time, and its stylistic and thematic expansiveness. Proust's fiction and his criticism have helped widen the traditional perspectives of literary criticism.

December 2014 - Last Monday Book Club does not meet in December. We pick a long book to read during December and January and discuss it the last Monday in January.

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.

December 2014 - Last Monday Book Club does not meet in December. We pick a long book to read during December and January and discuss it the last Monday in January. The choice for January 2015 is Swann's Way by Marcel Proust.

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.

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