Now Reading: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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We just finished discussing Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Thank you to all who participated! Now it’s time to start reading the next book club pick for May/June, Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

In this novel-perhaps his most popular-Hugo paints a vivid portrait of medieval Paris. Quasimodo, the one-eyed, hunchbacked refugee; Esmeralda, the dancing gypsy girl, threatened by the gallows; and a world where chaos is in charge-Hugo captures them all in this timeless, almost Gothic, piece of literature.

Check out The Hunchback of Notre Dame in your preferred format from your local library and start reading! Follow us here on the blog, Facebook and Twitter for interesting posts about the book and author. In June, we’ll post questions on Facebook about the book for you to discuss.

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Picture of Dorian Gray Contest Winner

942798_1062458440485678_3801987457611778161_nCongratulations to the January/February Picture of Dorian Gray contest winner Port Jefferson Free Library in New York! They have won a free classics audiobook collection valued at $1,000! The winning comment came from Joan Kiely. Thank you to all who participated in our discussions!

Another winner will be selected at the end of February. Click the Contest tab on our blog for details on how to enter.

Now Reading: Wuthering Heights

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We just finished discussing The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Thank you to all who participated! Now it’s time to start reading the next book club pick for March/April, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights!

Classic novel of consuming passions, played out against the lonely moors of northern England, recounts the turbulent and tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff. A masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the story remains as poignant and compelling today as it was when first published in 1847.

Check out Wuthering Heights in your preferred format from your local library and start reading! Follow us here on the blog, Facebook and Twitter for interesting posts about the book and author. In April, we’ll post questions on Facebook about the book for you to discuss.

Ring in the New Year with a Classic

Happy New Year! Let’s kick off 2017 and the third year of the book club with Oscar Wilde’s moral fantasy novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray!

Untitled-1An archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, the novel was a romantic exposition of Wilde’s aestheticism. Dorian Gray is a wealthy Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of himself catalogues every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask. When Gray destroys the painting, his face turns into a human replica of the portrait, and he dies.Gray’s final negation, “ugliness is the only reality,” neatly summarizes Wilde’s aestheticism, both his love of the beautiful and his fascination with the profane. Publication of the novel scandalized Victorian England, and The Picture of Dorian Gray was used as evidence against Wilde in his 1895 trial for homosexuality. The novel became a classic of English literature.

Check out The Picture of Dorian Gray in your preferred format from your local library and start reading! Follow us here on the blog, Facebook and Twitter for interesting posts about the book and author. In February, we’ll post questions about the book for you to discuss.