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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July 2009--The Master & Margarita

by Mikhail Bulgakov

A brilliant satire, written in the 1930s but long suppressed, in which the Devil visits the Soviet Union and is chagrined to discover that no one believes in him. Bulgakov weaves wildly disparate threads--scathing social commentary, blasphemous theology, romance, and a Faustian drama of guilt and redemption--into a weird but somehow complete whole. Probably the most fantastic and challenging classic we've read, and one that seems ever more impressive as you look deeper into it.

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