Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 28, 2019 — "The King Must Die," by Mary Renault

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be June 28, 2019. 
We'll be discussing  The King Must Die, by Mary Renault.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: June 28, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Information about the book:
The King Must Die is a 1958 bildungsroman and historical novel by Mary Renault that traces the early life and adventures of Theseus, a hero in Greek mythology. Naturally, it is set in Ancient Greece: Troizen, Corinth, Eleusis, Athens, Knossos in Crete, and Naxos. Rather than retelling the myth, Renault constructs an archaeologically and anthropologically plausible story that might have developed into the myth. She captures the essentials while removing the more fantastical elements, such as monsters and the appearances of gods. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

May 31, 2019 —A House for Mr. Biswas

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be May 31, 2019. We'll be discussing A House for Mr. Biswas, by V.S. Naipaul 

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: May 31, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Information about the book:
A House for Mr Biswas is the story of Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house. The book is a sharply drawn look at life that uses postcolonial perspectives to view a vanished colonial world.

In 1998, the Modern Library ranked A House for Mr Biswas number 72 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included the novel in its "TIME 100 Best English language Novels from 1923 to 2005".

Saturday, March 30, 2019

April 26, 2019—The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be April 26, 2019. We'll be discussing The Tin Drum by Günter Grass 

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: April 26, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Information about the book:
The Tin Drum is a 1959 by Günter Grass, a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor, and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. Critical reception has generally accepted it as a classic of post-World War II literature. The novel is strongly political in nature, although it goes beyond a political novel in the writing's stylistic plurality. There are elements of allegory, myth and legend, placing it in the genre of magic realismThe Tin Drum has religious overtones, both Jewish and Christian. The main character holds conversations with both Jesus and Satan throughout the book. His gang members call him "Jesus", then he refers to himself as "Satan" later in the book.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

March 29, 2019 — Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be March 29, 2019. We'll be discussing Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: March 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book (play):
The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice (Antonio) must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and it is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech on humanity. Also notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy".

Saturday, January 26, 2019

February 22, 2019—Acts of the Apostles

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be February 22, 2019. We'll be discussing Acts of the Apostles from the Bible. 

Meeting Information:

Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: February 22, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:

Acts of the Apostles tells the story of Christianity in the 1st century. It was written around 80-90 AD by the same anonymous author that wrote the Gospel of Luke. Acts is the 5th book in the Christian New Testament and, as with other parts of the Bible, has contributed to and influenced subsequent Western literature in many ways.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 25, 2019 — The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be January 25, 2019. We'll be discussing The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature. 
The Golden Notebook is a 1962 novel by Doris Lessing that explores mental and societal breakdown. It contains powerful anti-war and anti-Stalinist messages, an extended analysis of communism and the Communist Party in England from the 1930s to the 1950s, and an examination of the budding sexual and women's liberation movements.
In 2005, TIME magazine called The Golden Notebook one of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923. 
Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: January 25, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Saturday, December 8, 2018

2019 Schedule of Books and Meeting Dates

January 25, 2019 — The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
February 22, 2019 — Acts of the Apostles
March 29, 2019 — Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare
April 26, 2019 — Tin Drum, by Günter Grass
May 31, 2019 — A House for Mr. Biswas, by V.S. Naipaul
June 28, 2019 — The King Must Die, by Mary Renault
July 26, 2019 — Bull From the Sea, by Mary Renault
August 30, 2019 — Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault
September 27, 2019 — The Histories, by Herodotus
October 25, 2019 — Turn of The Screw, by Henry James
December 6, 2019 — The Ink Dark Moon, by Onono Komachi & Izumi Shikibu,

Thursday, November 1, 2018

December 7, 2018 — Songs from the Slums, by Kagawa Toyohiko

The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be December 7, 2018. We'll be discussing Songs from the Slums, by Kagawa Toyohiko
We will also be creating the schedule of books for 2019. Suggestions of books may be sent to .
Please note the following links to assist in plans for preparing the 2019 schedule:
G.B. KC Categories of Books
G.B. KC What Makes a Great Book
G.B. KC History of Previous Books


Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO


About the Author:Kagawa Toyohiko, author of Songs from the Slums, (1888—1960) was a Japanese Christian pacifist, Christian reformer, and labour activist. Kagawa wrote, spoke, and worked at length on ways to emply Christian principles in the ordering of society and in cooperative. His vocation to help the poor led him to live among them. He established schools, hospitals, and churches.


The text of Songs from the Slums is available at this link:
https://greatpoemskc.blogspot.com/2018/10/songs-from-slums-by-kagawa.html

Saturday, September 29, 2018

October 26, 2018—The Reivers: A Reminiscence, by William Faulkner

The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be October 26, 2018. We'll be discussing The Reivers: A Reminiscence, by William Faulkner

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room 
Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO


The Reivers: A Reminiscence, published in 1962, is the last novel by the American author William Faulkner. The bestselling novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1963. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 28, 2018—Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be September 28, 2018. We'll be discussing Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room 
Date: September 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
Growth of the Soil, is a novel by Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. It follows the story of a man who settles and lives in rural Norway.