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.

Join the Classic Book Club in 2017 as we explore classic titles in genre fiction. These are books that were written for popular audiences, not scholars, but whose literary merit and entertainment value have stood the test of time. Throughout the year we will be reading classics books in romance, mystery, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction.

Discussion groups will meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month.  **Please note: Our December meeting will take place on the FIRST Tuesday of the 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: December 5, 2017

Theme: Classic Fantasy

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.

Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

“Often compared to Tolkien’s Middle-earth or Lewis’s Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms.” (Amazon)

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Discussion Questions

  1. What are some characteristics of a young-adult novel?
  2. Why is this world called Earthsea? Why might Le Guin have decided to set her story in such a world?
  3. On the first page of the novel, we learn that Ged will eventually become Archmage and dragonlord. Doesn’t this undercut a certain amount of suspense? Why would Le Guin tell us this?
  4. There are several mentions of shadows even before Ged’s attempt to raise the dead Princess Elfarran. List them.
  5. What does Ged learn from his encounter with the dragon Yevaud?

Questions from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read website

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