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Book Discussion: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”

"Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"

“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

Ebenezer Scrooge is miser who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will bring about a change of mind in one night. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding.

On Friday, December 8 at 12:00, the Library will host a discussion of this beloved classic. Dr. Pete Fraser, professor of film and literature, will lead our conversation. The Library has several copies of the book in print and e-book formats.

The discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Click here to request a link to the discussion.

For the complete 2017-2018 schedule of book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Book Club reading A Tale of Two Cities

Sydney Carton (c. 1895), by English illustrator Frederick Barnard

Sydney Carton (c. 1895), by English illustrator Frederick Barnard

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is one of Charles Dickens’ late works, in which the full power of his prose and imagination are ever-present. The novel is set just before and during the French Revolution and is concerned with big themes of life—hatred and love, fear and courage, dissipation and redemption. As with Dickens’ other great works, moral instruction is always accomplished through the sheer vitality of the author’s story-telling and characters.

A Tale of Two Cities is the Library Book Club’s March selection. We will meet to discuss the novel on Thursday, March 27 at 12:00. Dr. Peter Fraser, professor of literature and film in the College of Arts & Sciences will lead our discussion. The Library has numerous resources on this great classic, including hardcopy and electronic versions, criticism, films, and documentaries. Click here to peruse our holdings.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join Book Club discussions live via Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is Google’s free, east-to-use videoconferencing software. Here is the Library’s permanent link for all Hangout events: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

For more information about the Library Book Club, including a current schedule, see our new webpage or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.