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!
An 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.
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Congratulations to the September/October Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde contest winner Plano Public Library System in Plano, Texas! They have won a free classics audiobook collection valued at $1,000! Thank you to all who participated in our discussions!
Another winner will be selected at the end of December. Click the Contest tab on our blog for details on how to enter.
We just finished discussing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Thank you to all who participated! Now it’s time to start reading the next book club pick for November/December, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina!
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This is the famous opening sentence of Tolstoi’s epic love story between Anna Arkadyevna Karenina and her Count Vronsky. Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy is a classic story of love and tragedy against the backdrop of pre-revolutionary Russia. The extravagant and dramatic story of Anna Karenina who risks everything for passion is intertwined with the quiet story of Levin (an autobiographical character) and his own quest for true love and personal fulfillment. This psychological masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest novels of world literature.
Check out Anna Karenina 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 December, we’ll post questions about the book for you to discuss.
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Have you finished reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s horror classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Good, because discussions start now! Head on over to our Facebook page to join the conversation!
Congratulations to the July/August Common Sense contest winner Hudson Library & Historical Society in Ohio! They have won a free classics audiobook collection valued at $1,000.
Thank you to the patrons who nominated their library, and thanks to all who participated in our discussions!
There will be another chance to win at the end of October. Click the Contest tab on our blog for details on how to enter.