Our South American Author wave culminated with a nicely themed meeting. Jennifer, our-half Colombian host, provided a very delicious cake sample in celebration of our protagonist’s birthday along with rich Argentinian wine. This short book gave a lot to talk about. Somehow Marquez made it “ok” for us to accept the kind of action the nameless old man wanted to do. As usual, here is the recap of quotes we talked about:
Elvira, who read a Spanish version of the book, brought up the quote “In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are.”After explaining the concept of Heraclitus’ changing river, Caroline summed up the book with this quote: “…I was transfixed by the agreeable idea that life was not something that passes by like Heraclitus’ ever-changing river but a unique opportunity to turn over on the grill and keep broiling on the other side for another ninety years.” Jennifer brought up this quote: “At first it was met with derision, but this changed into absolute vexation on the part of those erudite women who viewed marriage as a condition more ridiculous than sacred.”I compared this protagonist with Florentino Ariza from Love In The time of Cholera and brought up the quote: “Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.”
Our New book is Emma by Jane Austen
In keeping with our holistic approach, we opted to go back to a classic book/author. Though probably on our High School summer reading list, Emma is one of those books we all have heard about, but not really read or remember reading as in my case. Here is an editorial review found in Amazon: “First published in 1816, Emma is generally regarded as Jane Austen’s most technically brilliant book. But that’s not the reason to read it. Read it to see how a scheming heiress who is determined not to marry ends up embracing love and growing in maturity without dying or becoming impossibly insipid, the fate of so many nineteenth-century heroines. As her fourth novel was taking shape, Jane Austen noted “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” She was wrong. It is easy to love Emma Woodhouse. She is a snob, a meddler, and a spoiled child – she is also smart, funny, generous, and compassionate. Determined to control the arrangements of other people’s lives, Emma takes on the self-appointed role of matchmaker in a world that grants little public power to women. Small wonder that Emma, who has a “mind lively and at ease,” wastes her considerable creative powers dreaming up romantic scenarios that consistently and comically fail all reality checks. As in all of Jane Austen’s works, the simple theme of courtship belies the complexity of her vision of human nature and of our need for power. Technical brilliance? Yes. Moral brilliance? Most definitely.”
Our next meeting will be on March 15th @ 7pm. The meeting location will be emailed to club members.