Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Twilight Book Club reads "The Winter of our Discontent"

Join us on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:00 PM for a discussion of John Steinbeck's The Winter of our Discontent. Set in a fictitious New England whaling town in the early years of the 20th century, the novel follows Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist who works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status and fortunes, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards, with the inevitable consequences following hard after.

When awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.”

The Twilight Book club is open to all, with copies available for check-out at the Circulation Desk.


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