Continental European Novel Book Group
The Continental European Novel Book Group shall begin with classics from several countries dating back to the mid-19th century, as can be recognized in the first four choices. Following several classics we shall migrate into the 20th century, and then proceed country by country. Members shall vote on successive books. The ultimate aim will be to make the book selection and choice of leadership for each book by democratic decision-making. As the group grows and develops, the choices and purposes shall be to focus on major characters, plots, themes and assessment of the relevance for today’s reading audience.
This group will meet monthly, on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, March 11th. The book to be discussed is Notes From the Underground and The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Oxford University Press, $12.95). One of the most profound and disturbing works of nineteenth-century literature, Notes from the Underground is a probing and speculative work, often regarded as a forerunner to the Existentialist movement. The Gambler explores the compulsive nature of gambling, one of Dostoevsky's own vices and a subject he describes with extraordinary acumen and drama.