Multcolib Hollywood: Pageturners classics 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 21, 2014. Cather's novel charts the story of a young woman's awakening as an artist against the backdrop of the western landscape. Her ambitious heroine, an aspiring singer, struggles to escape the confines of her small Colorado town to the world of possibility at the Metropolitan Opera. In Cather's classic style, the novel is an unforgettable story of American determination and its inextricable connection to the land.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 19, 2014. Apuleius' unique, entertaining and thoroughly readable novel is the only work of fiction in Latin surviving from antiquity. Transformed into an ass due to his curiosity about sex and magic, the hero Lucius, a Roman aristocrat, suffers many trials and humiliations, recounted in often funny and bawdy stories. A seminal work of European literature, the novel is the earliest example of the picaresque.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 16, 2014. The oldest known epic in the world. Gilgamesh, the semi¬divine ruler of Uruk, is a larger¬than¬life bully and abuser of his people. To tame the arrogant king, the gods create the wild and handsome Enkidu. But after Enkidu and Gilgamesh become fast friends, they defy the gods in a series of adventures bringing Gilgamesh face to face with both loss and death itself.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 21, 2014. Eliot's final novel is an extraordinary examination of two very different lives, a beautiful young woman and an unusual young man, a stranger, who seems to judge her and find her wanting. His origins shrouded in mystery, the young man, Daniel Deronda, is searching for a compelling outlet for his singular talents and his remarkable capacity for empathy.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 18, 2015. Twelve years in the writing before publication in 1966, this eccentric text is one of the most inventive, captivating and provocative novels of the 20th century. Written at the height of Stalin's Terror, the novel interweaves four plot lines: a comic account of Satan's visit to Stalin's Moscow, a love story between a tormented writer and a brave woman, an artist's tale, and an alternative history of Christ's encounter with Pilate.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Feb. 15, 2015. Published in 29 BCE, Virgil's poem celebrates crops, trees, animals, and above all, the humans who care for them. Ostensibly about rural life and farming, the poem is part farming manual, part hymn of praise, part allegory, and contains some of Virgil's finest descriptive writing, with patriotic overtones and rich mythological allusions.
Annotation:Join the discussion on March 15, 2015. More's philosophic novel depicts a fictional island whose people have developed the ideal social, cultural and political system with no private property. Influenced both by Plato's "Republic" and Lucretius' "On the Nature of Things," More's novel became a source for subsequent utopian and communist thinking.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 19, 2015. One of the oldest books on military strategy in the world, "The Art of War" is the first and one of the most successful works on strategy. This sixth-century work has had a huge influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, and beyond.
Annotation:Join the discussion of volume one on May 17 and volume two on June 21, 2015. Beauvoir's masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of "woman," and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir's pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was 60 years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire future generations of men and women.