Lakeland Book Club

Reading good books with good friends in North Idaho

The Little Prince | May, 2014 April 19, 2014

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Little Prince

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No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike than this wise, enchanting fable. There are few stories that in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for their readers. This is one.

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It is a quick, easy read, but it is such a great book.  Even though it is short and sweet, we could talk about it for hours.

 

Silas Marner | December, 2013 December 1, 2013

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Silas Marner by George Eliot

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Silas Marner

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Silas Marner is a novel by George Eliot. An outwardly simple tale of a reclusive weaver, in its strong realism it represents one of Eliot’s most sophisticated treatments of her attitude to religion. In Silas Marner, Eliot combines symbolism with a historically precise setting to create a tale of love and hope. This novel explores the issues of redemptive love, the notion of community, the role of religion, and the status of the gentry and family. While religion and religious devotion play a strong part in this text, Eliot concerns herself with matters of ethics, and it is clear that for her, ethics exist apart from religion. On the surface, the book has a strong moral tract; the bad character, Dunstan Cass, gets his just deserts, while the pitiable character, Silas Marner, is ultimately richly rewarded, and his miserliness corrected. Eliot’s text includes several pointed criticisms of organized religion, the role of the gentry, and the negative impacts of industrialisation.

This book was selected because:

It appealed to everyone at the last Book Club.  The Kindle Edition of this book is free on Amazon.com.

 

Gone With The Wind | September, 2013 September 1, 2013

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Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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Gone With The Wind

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Gone with the Wind, first published in May 1936, is a romantic novel written by Margaret Mitchell that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and depicts the experiences of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner. The novel is the source of the extremely popular 1939 film of the same name.

Margaret Mitchell penned Gone with the Wind in a linear fashion, basing it on the life and experiences of the main character, Scarlett O’Hara, as she grew from a young woman into adulthood. The author did not make use of subplots to enhance the storyline. She developed a plot rich with vivid characters. Mitchell almost entirely skipped over the subject of the morality of slavery or whether the South was justified in pursuing war against the North, preferring to allow the reader to decide these issues based upon the actions or inaction of the novel’s characters.

Gone with the Wind has three major unifying and recurring literary themes: survival, love (unrequited), and war and its scars (antithesis to peace and happiness).

The novel won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning 1939 film of the same name. The book was also adapted during the 1970s into a stage musical Scarlett; there is also a 2008 new musical stage adaptation in London’s West End titled Gone With The Wind. It is the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime. It took her seven years to write the book and a further eight months to check the thousands of historical and social references. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 30 million copies. Over the years, the novel has also been analyzed for its symbolism and treatment of archetypes.

Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.

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“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”  ― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

 

War and Peace | February, 2012 February 1, 2012

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Signet Edition: Ann Dunnigan, Translator)

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To be discussed in late June or early July

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Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece captures with unprecedented immediacy the broad sweep of life during the Napoleonic wars and the brutal invasion of Russia. Balls and soirees, the burning of Moscow, the intrigues of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles, the quiet moments of everyday life–all in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed.

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The Three Musketeers | June, 2011 June 1, 2011

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas père

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The Three Musketeers is a novel by the French writer, Alexandre Dumas, first published in serial form in 1844. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to become a guard of the Musketeers (a “musketeer” was a type of infantry soldier equipped with a musket). The poor d’Artagnan travels to Paris to join the Musketeers. He suffers misadventure and is challenged to a duel by each of three musketeers (Athos, Aramis and Porthos). Attacked by the Cardinal’s guards, the four unite and escape. They become inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all.” The novel recounts their adventures as they become embroiled in various intrigues with the royalty of the day, including the French Queen, King Louis XIII, the Duke of Buckingham as well as other memorable characters, including Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter. The novel has earned a place in literary history and been adapted to stage and film.

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Paradise Lost (Continued) | April, 2011 April 1, 2011

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

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Paradise Lost, an epic poem in blank verse, written by the 17th-century poet John Milton as he became blind at the end of his life, is a retelling of the Biblical story of the Fall of Man. While based on the Christian tale, the poem incorporates many topics, and spends most of its verses detailing the journey of Satan and his war on the angels. The depiction of Adam and Eve draws an elaborate panorama of their trials. This classic of Western literature is wide-reaching and enormously influential, and should not be absent from the modern reader’s bookshelf.

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Paradise Lost | January, 2011 January 1, 2011

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

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Paradise Lost, an epic poem in blank verse, written by the 17th-century poet John Milton as he became blind at the end of his life, is a retelling of the Biblical story of the Fall of Man. While based on the Christian tale, the poem incorporates many topics, and spends most of its verses detailing the journey of Satan and his war on the angels. The depiction of Adam and Eve draws an elaborate panorama of their trials. This classic of Western literature is wide-reaching and enormously influential, and should not be absent from the modern reader’s bookshelf.

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