As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

August 2007--Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

We didn't know we were so influential--Oprah's Book Club has now followed in our footsteps and made this book their latest selection. Garcia Marquez is known, of course, as one of the foremost adepts of magical realism, but here he sticks mostly to the factually plausible. The lifelong romantic triangle between the beautiful, elegant Fermina Daza and the two very different men who love her serves as a platform for a thoughtful yet passionate examination of love's many phases and aspects. Is love a kind of disease, and if so should one fight it or surrender to it? Is sexual passion the soul of love, or merely a pleasant fringe benefit? Is marriage the union of two hearts, or just a socially useful arrangement? Garcia Marquez is eloquent in posing the questions, but leaves ample room for the reader to make his or her own decisions.

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