Harvard Book Club
7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Bistro in
Joseph Beth Bookstore
July 10th, 2014. The Human Comedy: Selected Stories* (New York Review Books Classics), by Honore de Balzac, Peter Brooks, Linda Asher, Carol Cosman, and Jordan Stump.
*Due to the length of this book, we will concentrate on the array of short fictions therein in which Balzac is at his most concentrated and forceful, beginning with "Sarrasine." Due to the length of the book, we will start with "Sarrasine," and those who wish to read more should do so as there is likely to be discussion on much of Balzac's work. In the book nine short fictions appear, all newly translated, and together they provide an unequaled overview of this great writer’s obsessions and art. To name a few tales of madness, illicit passion, ill-gotten gains, and crime, there are “The Duchesse de Langeais,” “A Passion in the Desert,” and, of course, “Sarrasine,” which will be the central focus of our discussion. Peter Brooks' introduction to this volume is not to be missed.
great thing about work this entertaining is that it’s still exciting nearly 200
years on." —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
About the Authors
(1799–1850), one of the greatest and most influential of novelists, was born in
Tours and educated at the Collège de Vendôme and the Sorbonne. He began
his career as a pseudonymous writer of sensational potboilers before achieving
success with a historical novel, The Chouans. Balzac then
conceived his great work, La Comédie humaine, an ongoing series of novels
in which he set out to offer a complete picture of contemporary society and
manners. Always working under an extraordinary burden of debt, Balzac
wrote some eighty-five novels in the course of his last twenty years, including
such masterpieces as Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Lost
Illusions, and Cousin Bette. In 1850, he married Eveline
Hanska, a rich Polish woman with whom he had long conducted an intimate
correspondence. Three months later he died. In addition to the
present collection, NYRB Classics publishes a translation of Balzac’s The
Unknown Masterpiece and Gambara.
We will not have a book club meeting in August due to vacation and travel schedules. However, we will resume our meetings in September.
September 4, 2014. Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, by Daniel Schulman.
Reviews:"[A] riveting biography...fair-minded and inquisitive. Schulman offers carefully observed details that help flesh out our image of the men whose money has so dramatically remade our politics, revealing much about their motives as well as the demons that haunt them."—The Washington Post
readable... a bias-free book that illuminates two of the most influential
figures on the American landscape while telling a remarkable, if cautionary,
tale about money, power, and the bonds of brotherhood."—Booklist
About the Author
Daniel Schulman is a senior editor in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones, and a founding member of the magazine's investigative journalism team. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Psychology Today, Village Voice, and many other publications. He splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.
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