And now for something — not completely, but at least slightly — different.
Are you, like me, a fan of Victorian novels? Were you an English major in college? Did you want to be? Do you collect book groups the way other people collect stamps or coins? Does the prospect of reading some of the Victorian era classic novels and discussing them with a group of fascinating people, led by a college professor knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the books, strike you as a version of heaven? Or at least as something worth trying out?
If so, you are so in luck. Westchester Community College is having a Great Books Forum Series, held on the last Thursday of the months of March and April (they also had one on the last Thursday of February, but, regrettably, I didn’t find out about that in time). The discussions take place at the Gateway Center, Room 131, on the Valhalla (main) campus of the college, from 6:00 to 8:15, they’re free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary.
The next book up for discussion (which is, of course, available in the Westchester Library System) is Middlemarch by George Eliot, on March 30, 2017, and the last one in this semester’s series is a personal favorite of mine (and yes, I realize this says something about me), Thomas Hardy’s last novel, Jude the Obscure (which is available in the Field Library as well as other libraries in the system) on April 27.
I would be remiss if I didn’t make a real effort to bring this wonderful series to the attention of as many people as possible. I’m certainly going to try to make it to the next two discussions, and I encourage anyone else who loves Victorian novels (the depth! The length! The descriptions! The intricate plots and acute social observation!) to come out as well.