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 2019, the Classic Book Club is choosing books from those voted as favorites in the PBS Great American Read program. They are not all novels written by Americans, just novels read (and loved) by Americans.

Next Meeting: August 13, 2019

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  If you have read this classic tale of romantic suspense before, you will never forget that opening line. Perhaps it is time to read it again.

As Kirkus noted when it was first published in 1938, The story is told through the eyes of the unsophisticated and somewhat terrified young second wife of Maxim de Winter, owner of Manderley, a Cornish estate that had won renown under the management of the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca. Bit by bit, the character of Rebecca is built up in the mind of her successor, and the sinister figure of the housekeeper who had adored her, strengthens the conviction that her ghost haunts the place.

Discussion Questions (beware of spoilers!)

 

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