THE DECADE ENDS—WE’RE STILL READING STRONG

by michael on May 11, 2011

Speaking of decades and such weighty matters. Was 2000 the end of the 20th Century or the beginning of the 21st Century? Does the decade just ended have 10 or 11 years in it? Who cares besides over paid scholars who spend years reconciling the Jewish and Christian calenders. And now on to more productive work.

This year (2010) we tried something different: A Poetry Evening in which members would bring their favorite poem, read it and then discuss it. We followed the same format for our Short Story Evening. Both were successful events enhanced by two pounds of shrimp which lasted less than half hour.

We read ten good books, some of which were:

  • Love in a Dry Season. A good introduction to Shelby Foote who writes fine fiction as well as incisive Civil War history.
  • On the Beach by Australian Nevil Shute. A great storyline, if not an outstanding book. Good movie also.
  • Farenheit 451. Ray Bradbury’s frightening utopia in the mold of Brave New World and 1984. We need this self-examination to control our flaws.
  • The Maltese Falcon. Dashiell Hammet’s great story which launched the mystery genre. Outstanding movie also.
  • Rain. W. Somerset Maugham’s classic short story. Hypocrisy at its best. Bookies really liked this one.

We also read Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Shaara, and Pearl Buck. A good book bag from which to end the decade.

Michael J. Keyser

 

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