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Dr. Eric Patterson to lead discussion of The Far Side of the World


“…and presently [Cape Horn] was in sight from the deck, not so much land as the world’s grim end, a tall blackness on the rim of the sea that continually flashed white as the rollers broke at its foot and dashed up the towering rock.”

Patrick O’Brian has been called “the greatest historical novelist of all time” by the Times of London and “Jane Austen on a ship of war” by NPR. Like Austen, his favorite author, Patrick O’Brian uses fiction to explore character.

In The Far Side of the World, you will sail on H. M. S. Surprise from Gibraltar to Brazil, around Cape Horn, up to the Galapagos Islands, and on to Polynesia in pursuit of U. S. S. Norfolk. There’s adventure aplenty, but what will stay in your memory long after finishing the novel is the courage, endurance, and camaraderie of the Surprise crew, all set down with O’Brian’s profound humanity and eye for the humor in life.

"...and they sailed over a dark blue disk, perpetually renewed, under a pale blue dome..."

“…and they sailed over a dark blue disk, perpetually renewed, under a pale blue dome, occasionally flecked with very high white cirrus.”

Dr. Eric Patterson, Dean of the School of Government, will lead our discussion, which will take place on Thursday, December 10 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For information about future book discussions at the Library, see the Library Book Club webpage.



Image credits:

Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest, “Cape Horn.” Accessed 19 Nov 2015.

Vanderwell, Tom. “Big Blue Sky; Deep Blue Ocean,” Tom’s Photo’s Wayfarer’s Journal. Accessed 19 Nov 2015. https://tomvanderwell.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/big-blue-sky-deep-blue-ocean/

Eric Patterson to lead Book Discussion

On Tuesday, February 3, Dr. Eric Patterson, Dean of the School of Government, will lead a discussion of Testimonies, Patrick O’Brian’s novel of love and death, set in a beautiful but forbidding landscape in Wales.

Patrick O’Brian is most famous for his Aubrey-Maturin series of novels, which many critics have proclaimed as the greatest historical novels ever written. Testimonies, written before the Aubrey-Maturin novels, was the fruit of the three years that O’Brian lived in a Welsh-speaking farming valley of Northern Wales.

About Testimonies, the poet and critic Delmore Schwartz wrote, “To read a first novel by an unknown author which, sentence by sentence and page by page, makes one say: he can’t keep going at this pitch, the intensity is bound to break down, the perfection of tone can’t be sustained–is to rejoice in an experience of pleasure and astonishment.”

Testimonies is a hauntingly beautiful novel that stays in the reader’s consciousness long after the book has been put down. The work is only 222 pages and fully enjoyable on a first read. The Library has four copies in the collection.

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en

For more information about this or other Library Book Club events, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

National Library Week 2013 Round-up

From April 15 to April 19, the University Library joined with other libraries across the nation to celebrate the 55th annual National Library Week. We observed this banner week on the cultural calendar of our country with five events:

1. Faculty Recommends Poster Series. The Library continued its National Library Week tradition of offering reading and research recommendations from Regent Faculty. This year five faculty members as well as Vice President for Marketing, Sherri Miller, offered their choices:

  • Dr. Gloria Whittico (School of Law)
  • Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco (School of Psychology & Counseling)
  • Dr. Kathleen Patterson (School of Business & Leadership)
  • Dr. Glenn Koonce (School of Education)
  • Dr. Diana Xiong (College of Arts & Sciences)

The poster series may still be viewed in the Library Lobby.

Dean Patterson, Dr. White, and Dr. Vondey at the Faculty Book Talks

2. National Library Workers Day. On April 15, the Library faculty kicked off the week-long celebration by showing its appreciation for the Library staff and student assistants and all they do for the Library by cooking a lasagna and salad luncheon.

3. New Faculty Books: Ending Wars, Perplexing Pentecostalism, and a Dublin Story-Teller. On April 17, immediately following University Chapel, the Library held its main National Library Week event for 2013—a luncheon featuring new book talks by three Regent faculty members:

  • Dean Eric Patterson (School of Government), Ending Wars Well: Order, Justice, and Conciliation in Contemporary Post-Conflict
  • Dr. Wolfgang Vondey(School of Divinity), Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Dr. Carrie White (College of Arts & Sciences), Reading More of Roddy Doyle

For a synopsis of the book talks and the authors’ remarks, see the article by Brett Wilson on the Regent News and Events page.

Rabbi Zoberman discusses the Tevya stories with the Library Book Club
4. Student Appreciation Day. On April 18, the Library observed, Student Appreciation Day by fortifying Regent’s hard-working students all day with free coffee and cookies.

5. Book Discussion: Tevye the Dairyman, by Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916). On April 19, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman paid his annual visit to the Library Book Club. Fifteen students and faculty members joined Rabbi Zoberman for a conversation about the Yiddish world of Sholem Aleichem and his great collection of stories, Tevye the Dairyman. Following the book discussion, Rabbi Zoberman helped identify some documents recently donated to the Library’s Special Collections. The documents, printed and written in Hebrew, Chinese, and Russian, date from the 1920s and 1930s and are from the Jewish community in Harbin, China.

Photos of the faculty book talks and Rabbi Zoberman’s visit are located on the Library’s Facebook and Flickr pages. To view the video of the faculty book talks, click here.

The Library would like to thank everyone who attended our National Library Week events.