What makes a book a “classic”? The writer Italo Calvino defined them this way: "A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers." In that spirit, the Classics Book Club will read and discuss novels that have become beloved over the years, which offer a rich experience to both the new reader and the re-reader. We’ll read one classic or modern classic book every other month and engage in a lively discussion about the text. If you’re looking for an excuse to read a few classics you’ve never gotten around to, or eager to reread a book with a fresh perspective, join us (virtually)!
This month, we will read Persuasion by Jane Austen, a novel about lost love and second chances that some might argue is her most romantic story. Anne Elliot is a confirmed spinster, having given up the man she loved, Captain Wentworth, at 19 because her snobbish family considered him too poor. Now, nearly a decade later, Wentworth is a wealthy naval officer, and his chance reunion with Anne is fraught with resentment and lost hope. But is there still an ember of love between them? The last book that Austen completed before she died, Persuasion is the work of the author at the very height of her powers, with a slow-building romantic tension and deeply realized character studies.
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