Lakeland Book Club

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Don Quixote | June, 2007 June 1, 2007

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Selected by  Group Pick

From Amazon.com:

What begins as a middle-aged country gentleman absorbed with novels of chivalry deliberately evolves into a tale of purely imaginative knight-errantry in this highly influential work of the Spanish Golden Age. This first of modern novels was written in the experimental episodic form, allowing Don Quixote and his ‘squire’ Sancho Panza to go on quests that just as often as not land them in trouble or earn them the incredulity of those fully engaged in reality. While initially farcical, the novel slowly reveals a more philosophical thread exploring the theme of deception, all the while creating emotional and mental reversals in the two main figures that take them from tilting at windmills to fully comprehending reality. A work that frequently appears on lists in the highest echelon of published fiction, “Don Quixote” is a novel that has deeply influenced a host of notable writers and readers for over 400 years.

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My Antonia / Walk Two Moons | June, 2007

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My Antonia by Willa Cather and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Selected by Coy Worthen

         

From Amazon.com (My Antonia):

My Antonia is a classic tale of pioneer life in the American Midwest. The novel details daily life in the newly settled plains of Nebraska through the eyes of Jim Burden, who recounts memories of a childhood shared with a girl named Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of a family who have emigrated from Bohemia. As adults, Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. When he returns Jim sees that although Antonia is careworn, she remains “a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races,”. Full of stirring descriptions of the prairie’s beautiful yet terrifying landscape, and the rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans who chose to restart their lives there, My Antonia mythologized a period of American history that was lost before its value could be understood.

From Amazon.com (Walk Two Moons):

“Sometimes you know in your heart you love someone, but you have to go away before your head can figure it out.”

To trace the path of her missing mother, Sal embarks on a journey from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents. On the road, Sal tells the strange and exciting story of her friend Phoebe. As the miles pass, Phoebe’s tale becomes more and more outrageous, while Sal’s own story begins to emerge. In unraveling Phoebe’s mystery, Sal comes ever closer to finding out the truth behind her own bittersweet journey. What will she find at the end of the road?

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My Antonia                           Walk Two Moons