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.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

May 2010--Ficciones

by Jorge Luis Borges

It feels insufficient to call these short fictional pieces "stories." Crammed with obscure facts and imaginings, with strange ideas and exotic characters, with philosophical riddles and unanswerable questions, they are more in the nature of dreams or experiments, or some hybrid of the two. Fabulous mysteries and mythic conflicts are sketched precisely, with little emotion. From ancient Babylon to modern Buenos Aires, scholars and soldiers and priests struggle to make sense of a cryptic universe. The nature of time and death and knowledge come into question again and again, and while there are no clear answers (how could there be?), the reader is left with a fascinating set of possiblities.

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