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Tea With Anna Karenina

Tea with Anna Karenina

Project Gutenberg eBook Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1399
Read-Aloud Group (Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m.): https://facebook.com/groups/SDPLtea
 
Activities: Tune in Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m. to stream a read-aloud from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The videos will be also be available for later viewing.  Drinking tea while listening to this romantic classic is encouraged but not required.
 
Book Description: Leo Tolstoy published Anna Karenina in installments between 1875 and 1877, and it is widely acclaimed as a classic of world literature. Weaving together narratives about several families, the story centers on an adulterous affair between Anna and dashing cavalry officer Count Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg.
 
Author Bio: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909, without ever winning either prize. Born to an aristocratic Russian family, Tolstoy is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays. Tolstoy's writings on nonviolent resistance had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Previous Readings: Check out the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.

Adventure and Mystery Book Club

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Project Gutenberg eBook
Read-Aloud Book Group (Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m.): https://facebook.com/groups/SDPLadventure
 
Here’s the Deal: Tune in to Facebook Live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4pm to hear chapters of a great classic adventure or mystery book read aloud. Our current selection is: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
 
Author Bio: William Wilkie Collins (Jan. 8, 1824 – Sept. 23, 1889) was an English novelist and playwright known for The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868). The last has been called the first modern English detective novel. On publishing his first novel, Antonina, in 1850, Collins met Charles Dickens, who became a friend and mentor. Some Collins works appeared first in Dickens's journals Household Words and All the Year Round. The two also collaborated on drama and fiction.
 
Book Description: Colonel Herncastle, an unpleasant former soldier, brings the Moonstone back with him from India where he acquired it by theft and murder during the Siege of Seringapatam. Angry at his family, who shun him, he leaves it in his will as a birthday gift to his niece Rachel, thus exposing her to attack by the stone's hereditary guardians, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it.
 
Previous Readings: Visit the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.

The Bucketlist Book Club

   The Bucketlist Book Club returns on Monday, March 1st, 2021.

Welcome to the Bucketlist Book Club! This is a virtual forum to discuss longer/harder books or books that many of us have wished to read, but just never got around to it!
 
Title: Anna Karenina  |  Author: Leo Tolstoy
Available via Gutenberg Project: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1399
 
Author Bio: Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.[ He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909.

 

Book Description: A complex novel in eight parts, with more than a dozen major characters, it is spread over more than 800 pages (depending on the translation and publisher), typically contained in two volumes. It deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, desire, and rural vs. city life.
 
Discussion questions forthcoming! Join the Bucketlist Book Club and be a part of the conversation!

Short Classics Book Club

Welcome to the Short Classics Book Club! This is a live discussion group held each month on Zoom to discuss the shortest of the greatest books of all time.
 
Current Selection
Title: The Bacchae  |  Author: Euripides
Project Gutenberg eBook | Librivox Audio Book

Short Classics Book Club Facebook Group
Tuesday, September 28th at 4:30 p.m. | Link to Zoom Discussion Group
 
Author Bio: Euripides was a tragedian of classical Athens. Along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, he is one of the three ancient Greek tragedians for whom any plays have survived in full. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him, but the Suda says it was ninety-two at most.
 
Play Description: The tragedy is based on the Greek myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agave, and their punishment by the god Dionysus (who is Pentheus's cousin). The god Dionysus appears at the beginning of the play and proclaims that he has arrived in Thebes to avenge the slander, which has been repeated by his aunts, that he is not the son of Zeus. In response, he intends to introduce Dionysian rites into the city, and he intends to demonstrate to the king, Pentheus, and to Thebes that he was indeed born a god. At the end of the play, Pentheus is torn apart by the women of Thebes and his mother Agave bears his head on a pike to her father Cadmus.
 
Study/Discussion Questions:

  1. How does Euripides characterize Pentheus? What is his "fatal flaw"?
  2. What do you make of Cadmus and Teiresius? What is their role in the play? What reasons do they give for their worship of Dionysus? How does Pentheus react to them? Why are Cadmus and Agave punished at the end of the play?
  3. What is the role of madness in the play? How does this tragedy deal with issues of perception?
  4. What sort of god is Dionysus? How is he depicted? What are his attributes? How does he look? Why is it appropriate that he is the god of theater (i.e. are there any connections between wine, madness, ecstasy, sex, dismemberment, and theater?

Click the link below to enjoy a short video introduction to The Bacchae and learn more about our virtual discussion group on Zoom.

 Short Classics Book Club 

Modern Classics Book Club

Welcome to our virtual book club!  We will be discussing a wide variety of books ranging from classic selections to modern literature.

 

Current Selection

Title: Poisonwood Bible | Author: Barbara Kingsolver

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Printed books and CD audiobook via our catalog

Schedule: Chapters posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m.

 

Author Bio: Barbara Kingsolver (1955-) grew up in rural Kentucky.  She was named by Writer’s Digest as one of the most important writers of the 20th century.  She has received numerous awards including the National Humanities Medal in 2000 for her service to the arts.  The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize.  It won the national book award for South Africa and was an Oprah Book Club selection.   Her other novels have won numerous awards including the prestigious Orange Prize in 2010 for Lacuna.  In 2011, Kingsolver won the Daytona Peace Prize for her complete works.
 

Book Description: Poisonwood Bible is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a Baptist evangelical minister who takes his family on a mission to the Congo in 1959.  This suspenseful tale is set over the course of 3 decades as it highlights the family’s tragic undoing and reconstruction.  It is set in the dramatic backdrop of the Congo’s fight for independence from Belgium, highlighting the difficulties of the fledgling African nation.  It is told in alternating voices of the wife, Orleanna Price and her four daughters: Rachel, Leah, Adah and Ruth May.  Having been uprooted from their home in Georgia, the group arrives with 1950s ideals.  Each character handles this move and the events that happen to them in different ways.  The story intertwines dark humor with the possibilities of human hope.  This novel, with it’s lush prose, promises to captivate the imagination.

The Jane Austen Book Club

Welcome to the Jane Austen Book Club! Our book club will be an open forum conversation in which group members will be discussing the literary works of Jane Austen. Many Janeite advocates consider Jane Austen England's most popular author.
 
April Selection
Title: Pride and Prejudice  |  Author: Jane Austen
Project Gutenberg eBook Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342
 
Author bio: Jane Austen, (born December 16, 1775, Steventon, Hampshire, England—died July 18, 1817, Winchester, Hampshire), English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life. She published four novels during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). In these and in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey (published together posthumously, 1817), she vividly depicted English middle-class life during the early 19th century. Her novels defined the era’s novel of manners, but they also became timeless classics that remained critical and popular successes two centuries after her death.
 
Book Description: The story revolves are the Bennet girls and the search for a successful marriage contract. Primary story plot revolves around our proud aristocratic, Mr. Darcy and his evolving feelings toward Elizabeth Bennet, The couple's relationship must overcome many social and cultural challenges to find true love. Any Janeite will tell you the story is worth reading due to the wit and charm of Jane Austen's characters.
 
Discussion questions:
 
Our questions will added once per week on every Friday throughout the month of April 2020.