On Sept. 29, the discussion will focus on Honoré de Balzac’s “La Cousine Bette.” Readers of W.M. Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” will recognize “La Cousine Bette” as a kindred narrative, at once funny (if a bit raunchy) and appalling, cynical and life affirming.
The October book chats will revolve around Nikolai Gogol’s “Dead Souls.” Fans of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy are sure to enjoy the great comic masterpiece. The narrative follows the provincial travels of a minor bureaucrat named Chichikov, who tours the country looking to buy “dead souls,” deceased serfs who are still registered as property on the tax rolls.
The group warmly welcomes anyone with literary interest. Try to read the novels in advance, but if you are unable, come anyway and enjoy the interesting company and great literature!
The discussions are scheduled on Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 807 W. 16th Street. For more details, visit the Friends of Ted blog.