May 2018: Classic Book Club

May 2018
Congratulations to Falmouth's Classic Book Club for reading your 100th classic!
 
In honor of this milestone, we are dedicating our newsletter to the classics. First, a message from the Classics Book Club: 
 
Truthfully, I never anticipated the robust enthusiasm for reading classics when our group first met in a small corner of the Inkwell Bookstore in 2005 but as a former HS English teacher I thought  it would not hurt to just give it a try. We have grown from a small group of 6 to a group with 25 members and a waiting  list! 

 

Our book club meetings have been filled with many memorable discussions and as such it is difficult to pick one book, moment, or quotation that could easily encompass the themes of our classic authors . . . . Some favorites include "Only connect" in Howard's End, to "Stand up, your father's passing" in To Kill A Mockingbird, to John Steinbeck's memorable "timeshel" at the close of East of Eden. Suffice it to say that we have all agreed with the  interesting recent research that states that reading great literature can actually help us to become more empathetic  and "more human" individuals (Atlantic, June, 2013 and others). To me, this is the most important and salient rationale as we continue to move forward towards our next 100 classics! 

 

~ Betsy Doud

 

For this newsletter, we asked all of the Eight Cousins staff about their favorite classics. Each person was allowed to self-define "classic." Here are our answers: 

            

 

 

From Isabel: My favorite classic is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I love that it's written by a woman about women, and that it continues to be important 150 years after it was published. Jo is my favorite literary character of all time. 

 

From Rosie: My favorite classic book would probably be Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Though not always considered a classic in all American literary cannons, the novel certainly is a classic in African-American literature. Ellison's novel tells the story of a young and unnamed intellectual who struggles to understand and define his political and social role as a black man in the United States. Through the protagonist's storyline, Ellison creates both a bildungsroman and a social commentary on blackness in America.
 
From Eileen: While reading Go Set A Watchman complicated my view of Atticus Finch, I continue to love To Kill a Mockingbird. The characters and their struggles feel real to me. We still need significant changes in our county's race relations, but I am seeing renewed efforts to talk and strive for improvement.
 
From Sara: I first read The Color Purple right after I graduated from college. Although I knew it was an award winner and a beloved book, I was blown away by how amazing it is and how much it changed my life. I've found myself recommending it quite a bit lately. I think it may be time for a re-read . . . 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the Classic Book Club's list of 100 classics that they have read over the past thirteen years is listed below. How many have you read?!?

 

 

 

 

Season I 
House of Mirth, Edith Wharton 
The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Emma, Jane Austen 
The Quiet American, Graham Greene 
1984, George Orwell 
 
Season II 
East of Eden, John Steinbeck 
Sister Carrie, Theodore Drieser 
The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford 
My Antonia, Willa Cather 
Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson 
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway 
A Death in the Family, James Agee 
The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maugham 
 
Season III 
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck 
The Bread Givers, Anna Yezierska 
Light in August, William Faulkner 
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin 
Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki 
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Wolf 
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte 
A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul 
 
Season IV 
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 
The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James 
The Overcoat, Nikolai Gogol 
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Patton 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers 
Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy 
Herzog, Saul Bellow 
 
Season V 
The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington 
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton 
The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky, Fedor Dostoevsky 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark 
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe 
Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain 
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston 
 
Season VI 
A Catcher in the Rye, J. D.Salinger 
The Fall, Albert Camus 
Howard's End, E. M. Forster 
A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen 
Death Comes to the Archbishop, Willa Cather 
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene 
The Color Purple, Alice Walker 
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 
 
Season VII 
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry 
The Assistant, Bernard Malamud 
The Awakening, Kate Chopin 
The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekov 
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh 
Rabbit Run, John Updike 
Native Son, Richard Wright 
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens 
 
Season VIII 
Main Street, Sinclair Lewis 
Sula, Toni Morrison 
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway 
Our Town, Thorton Wilder 
The Scarlet Letter ,Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair 
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe 
 
Season IX 
Little Women, Louise May Alcott 
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque 
The Sea of Grass, Conrad Richter 
Thousand Cranes, Yasunari Kawabata 
The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad 
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexandre Solzhenitsyn 
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Marquez 
The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare 
 
Season X 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou 
Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Kathryn Ann Porter 
The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West 
The Professor's House, Willa Cather 
The Moviegoer, Walker Percy 
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy 
Everything That Rises Must Converge, Flannery O'Connor 
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner 
 
Season XI 
Dr. Thorne, Anthony Trollope 
Goodbye Columbus, Philip Roth 
Therese Raquin, Emile Zola 
A Room With A View, E. M. Forster 
The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier 
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy 
The Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever 
 
Season XII 
Poldark, A Novel of Cornwall, Winston Graham 
The Forgotten, Elie Wiesel 
The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner 
Seize the Day, Saul Bellow 
Stoner, John Williams 
Appointment in Samarra, John O'Hara 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey 
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Elizabeth Taylor 
 
Season XIII 
The Cider House Rules, John Irving 
Jennie Gerhardt, Theodore Dreiser 
Hard Times, Charles Dickens 
Puddn'head Wilson, Mark Twin 
The Cossacks, Leo Tolstoy 
The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham 
Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier 
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
 
Happy Reading!
 
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Night (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
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