Hagaman Library Classics Book Discussion Group

Welcome to the Hagaman Library Classic Book Discussion Group

This is where we can share our thoughts and notes on books before and after our meetings

Our next meeting will be on Sept. 30th at 3:00 p.m.

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Our next meeting is Monday, Nov. 25th 3 p.m. “Orlando” by Virgina Wolf Once described as the ‘longest and most charming love-letter in literature’, the Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is edited by Brenda Lyons with an introduction and notes by Sandra M. Gilbert in Penguin Classics. Written for Virginia Woolf’s intimate friend, the charismatic writer Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a playful mock ‘biography’ of a chameleonic historical figure, immortal and ageless, who changes sex and identity on a whim. First masculine, then feminine, Orlando begins life as a young sixteenth-century nobleman, then gallops through three centuries to end up as a woman writer in Virginia Woolf’s own time. A wry commentary on gender roles and modes of history, Orlando is also, in Woolf’s own words, a light-hearted ‘writer’s holiday’ which delights in ambiguity and capriciousness. (amazon)

Our last book was "One Hundred Years of Solitude." The following is a passage from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Volume 2- Luis Harss and Barbara Dohmann are quoted from "Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or the Lost Chord," in their Into the Mainstream: Conversations with Latin-American Writers.

Thanks to Garcia Marquez, the most interesting spot in Colombia today is a tiny tropical village called Macando, set between dunes and marshlands on one side and an impenetrable sierra on another, is a decadent, dusty little coastal town, like thousands of others in the heart of the hemisphere, but also very special, at once strange and familiar, specific and general, immediate as an insight, remote as an image of a forgotten landscape. Its visible lines chart a secret course. It is one of those places a voyager reaches without ever leaving home, sure to arrive before he sets out. Macondo is everywhere, and nowhere. Those who travel there take an inner trip to a port of call that is part of the hidden face of a country. . . History is about to catch up with Macondo. The bad omens are multiplying . Not long ago birds fell from the sky. Macondo- Columbia's Jefferson, Mississippi, with a touch of the small town realism of Winesburg, Ohio- is on the eve of a final holocaust. Garcia Marquez captures and fixes the moment. Nothing has happened yet. But in a sense everything has. The night before- a long wake- is a clear premonition of the morning after . . .

One Hundred Years of Solitude- Below is a wonderful "family tree" of the Buendias Family- that captures the personality of the individual family members. It has come out a little blurry- but you can see the chart on the website by going to https://tataranietos.com/2014/04/23/homenaje-a-gabriel-garcia-marquez/

-So this is my first flight on the Hagaman Classics Wiki. Do you think is should be called "A Thousand years of Reading" (?) or were you fascinated by this book? It will be interesting to hear your opinions!

I have changed our reading list. I have postponed "Hopscotch" for this year, and instead replaced it with Arnold Bennet's "The Old Wives Tale" a bread and butter Victorian classic. When you do learn to use this wiki you can use it for a variety of reasons-recommending books, criticizing books we have selected for the future, funny pictures! - Gerry Gillespie




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Hagaman Library Classic Book Discussion Group