- Cry the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
- The Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos
- Where Love is, There God is Also, by Leo Tolstoy
Cry the Beloved Country (1948), published just before the official imposition of apartheid laws in South Africa, has been described as the author’s ode to his homeland. In the novel, Paton makes extensive use of Biblical symbolism to explore themes of suffering, compassion, and forgiveness under the oppressive and cruel racial system that defined South Africa until the dissolution of apartheid in 1994.
The Diary of a Country Priest (1936) is the fictional journal of a young priest, recently graduated from seminary, in rural France. The novel encompasses the spiritual struggle and growth of a young pastor struggling to live and communicate the life in Christ to his frequently uncomprehending parishioners.
Where Love is, There God is Also (1885) is one of Tolstoy’s short stories written in the simple style of a folktale. In the story, Martuin, a village shoemaker, discovers the meaning of Christ’s words in Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Ironically, the responsibilities of academic life (for students, faculty, and staff) often mean that reading for enrichment and enjoyment gets pushed to the wayside. The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique (and often self-revealing) pleasure of exploring books together. For more information about the Book Club and literature events at the Library, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or email@example.com.
Library Book Club Schedule Fall 2011
Date Author Title Thursday, October 13 Alan Paton Cry, the Beloved Country Friday, November 18 Georges Bernanos The Diary of a Country Priest Friday, December 9 Leo Tolstoy Where Love is, There God is Also
All discussions will take place at noon in the Library Conference Room.