Book Discussion Group
Second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
|Location:||The Church-in-the-Gardens Heuston Library, 50 Ascan Avenue, 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, NY US 11375-6009|
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Heuston Library of the Parish House, 2nd floor, to discuss the best of the classics and the best of the new. Everyone’s welcome. We discuss content and writing style; the reading list is selected by suggestions from the members.
September 12: East of Eden by John Steinbeck NOTE; Group is meeting at 7:30pm on the Church Lawn (weather permitting)
In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.