Mystery! Romance! Dark abbey! (Bright, sunny comedy)
On Thursday, October 26, at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen.
Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland, a young, enthusiastic reader of Gothic novels. The romantic tales and dark landscapes feed her imagination. What could be more exciting and remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England? But when, ordinary life takes a more sinister turn, circumspection is reaffirmed alongside comedy in Austen’s shortest and most lighthearted work.
Our discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Carrie White will lead our conversation. Whether you’re a confirmed Janeite or just wondering what novels about upper-class English society in the nineteenth century could possibly teach you about life, this event is for you. Austen-appropriate refreshments will be served.
The Library has several copies of Nothanger Abbey in print and e-book formats. Most public library systems also offer the book on CD and downloadable audiobook.
Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free, 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.
What if you refused the hand of the person you should have married?
Eight years ago Anne Elliot was disastrously persuaded by a confidante to break off her engagement with the man she loved, Frederick Wentworth, a young naval officer with whom she was united in temperament, sensibility, and interests. Eight years later, Wentworth returns a captain, still unmarried, and with a large fortune earned from victories against the French.
Anne, who has lived in regret ever since she broke off their engagement immediately finds her feelings for Frederick reignited. But will he even speak to her? Persuasion, Austen’s final and possibly most personal work, is a novel about second chances and love that can endure the test of time.
On Thursday, November 20 at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s sunniest novel and the perfect introduction to the author considered by generations of devoted readers to be the greatest English novelist. Among other things, the work is a manual for successful courtship and is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to know what to say and what not to say to one’s beloved, as this exchange demonstrates:
The discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Susannah Clements will lead our conversation of Austen’s comedy of manners, class, snobbery, courtship, and marriage. Whether you’re a confirmed Janeite or just wondering what novels about upper-class English society in the early nineteenth century could possibly teach you about life, this event is for you. Austen-appropriate refreshments will be served.
Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free, easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Simply click here, and Google will take you directly to our discussion or prompt you first to add the Hangouts plug-in to your computer.
For more information about the Library Book Club, including the 2014-2015 schedule, see our webpage or contact Harold Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.