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!

In 2018, we are exploring “classically funny” titles. So if your memory of classic literature is all doom and gloom, this may be the perfect year to join us for a look at the lighter side.

 

Next Meeting: June 12, 2018

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

The great thing about Evelyn Waugh is that the humor of his novels transcends their era. You don’t have to know anything about English society of the 1920s to be entertained by Vile Bodies because Waugh’s style relies on fundamentally silly characters, wry dialogue, piercing intelligence, and manic energy more than on contemporary culture, events, and figures. Witty, irreverent, and hysterical — Vile Bodies is Waugh at the height of his satirical talents. (PowellsBooks.Blog)

Discussion Questions:

  1. The book is a sort of pastiche, a collection of scenes. Why is it presented in this way and how did it affect your attitudes toward the novel?
  2. How does Waugh use religion in the book? What is he saying about it as an institution?
  3. What did you make of the final scene?
  4. Do you feel there’s a historical parallel from the Bright Young People of Waugh’s book and the early 21st century Millennial generation?

Questions excerpted from The Loveliest Book Group

 

 

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