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. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

August 31, 2018—"A House Divided" by Pearl Buck


The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be August 31, 2018. We'll be discussing A House Divided, by Pearl Buck.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Large Meeting Room (Small Meeting Room not available)
Date: August 31, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
A House Divided is the sequel to the novels The Good Earth and Sons, and it is the third book in The House of Earth trilogy by Pearl S. Buck. It centers on the third generation of Wang Lung's family, focusing particularly on his grandson Wang Yuan.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

July 27, 2018—Sons by Pearl Buck


The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be July 27, 2018. We'll be discussing Sons, by Pearl Buck.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room (reserved for our group)
Date: July 27, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
Sons is the sequel to the novel The Good Earth, and the second book in The House of Earth trilogy by Pearl S. Buck. The story tackles the issue of Wang Lung's sons and how they handle their father's estate after his death. It deals mostly with the youngest son, who goes off to war. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

"The Good Earth," by Pearl Buck


The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be June 29, 2018. We'll be discussing The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room (reserved for our group)
Date: June 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
"The Good Earth" is the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

May 25, 2018—The Kreutzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy


The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be May 25, 2018. We'll be discussing The Kreutzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room (reserved for our group)
Date: May 25, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
The Kreutzer Sonata is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, named after Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata. The novella was published in 1889, and was promptly censored by the Russian authorities. The work is an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first-person description of jealous rage. The main character, Pozdnyshev, relates the events leading up to his killing his wife: in his analysis, the root causes for the deed were the "animal excesses" and "swinish connection" governing the relation between the sexes.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April 27, 2018—Richard II, by Shakespeare

The next meeting of Great Books KC group will be April 27, 2018. We'll be discussing the play Richard II , by William Shakespeare.

Meeting Information:
          Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
                           Small Meeting Room
          Date: April 27, 2018
          Time: 7:00 pm
          Address: 4801 Main Street
                           Kansas City, MO

Description of Book: 
King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V. Although the First Folio (1623) edition of Shakespeare's works lists the play as a history play, the earlier Quarto edition of 1597 calls it "The tragedie of King Richard the second."