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 reads and discusses novels that have become beloved over the years, whether they're well-known staples or under-the-radar gems. 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 classic books you’ve never gotten around to, or eager to reread a book with a fresh perspective, join us in person at the Library!
This month, we'll be reading A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr. This short, lyrical novel follows a British World War I veteran, Tom Birkin, as he searches for a renewed sense of hope after the war. In the summer of 1920, following the breakup of his marriage, Tom takes a job in a tiny, beautiful Yorkshire village to restore a newly discovered medieval mural in a church. The more time he spends with the painting and in the peaceful society of the village, the more he realizes that it is also his mind, body, and soul that need restoration. The book is a poetic, tranquil ode to the power of art, friendship, and the ordinary details of life.
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