Classic Book Club

“Classic” books are classic for a reason – their literary excellence transcends passing fads, and they continue to engage readers generation after generation. If there are classics you have always meant to read “someday,” or if you read them in school before you were ready to appreciate them, now is the time to enjoy them with other adult readers.

Discussion groups will meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month. Anyone is welcome to attend any session, but advanced registration is required if you would like the library to reserve you a book. Register here!

Next Meeting: June 9, 2020

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Return of the Native book jacket

Tempestuous Eustacia Vye passes her days dreaming of passionate love and the escape it may bring from the small community of Egdon Heath. Hearing that Clym Yeobright is to return from Paris, she sets her heart on marrying him, believing that through him she can leave rural life and find fulfillment elsewhere. But she is to be disappointed, for Clym has dreams of his own, and they have little in common with Eustacia’s.

Besides being a good story, the novel beautifully evokes rural England of the 19th century, and offers a nuanced and sensitive portrayal of characters that it would have been easy to paint in black and white.

Discussion questions

The Thomas Hardy Society

How to Get the Book:

The Return of the Native is in the public domain, and is available as a free eBook from Project Gutenberg 

This event will be held on Zoom. Click here to register!