Just like with Pride and Prejudice last month, I feel like I’m cramming. It’s like being in school, and reading only what I have to read, and not until those chapters are due.
I’m hopelessly behind in reading Jane Eyre for the Classics Bookclub, but we’re going to meet right here on
Tuesday September 23.Edited to say that I must be losing my mind! I don’t know what I’m thinking, but Classics Bookclub is the first Tuesday, so that will be October 7. Please join us on this Tuesday, the fourth Tuesday, for What’s on Your Nightstand? Whew, I have another TWO weeks, since we also have a fifth Tuesday this month, when we’ll be doing the new I Read It! carnival.
I have taken some of the questions from a neat book I found in a used bookstore: Read It and Eat. It’s chock full of fun book club discussions complete with themed snacks or menus!
So, if you’d like some questions to consider as you write up your post for next week, you can think about these:
- Even though I was an English major, I don’t often get all English major-y with themes, and symbolism and such, but one thing that I do find interesting is the prototypical characters that emerge in classics (for example, the seemingly callous, yet really sensitive Mr. Darcy type). Do any of these characters strike you as literary prototypes?
- Bronte is considered a frontrunner in feminism. Is Jane a feminist by the standards of 1847? What about today?
- Did the characters seem flat to you? Did the goodness or evilness of the characters add to the story?
- What do you think of Jane’s choice of husband? Did she make the right choice for herself?
- Edited to Add (since I’ve actually read most of it!): Do you see any similarities between these characters and relationships and those in Pride and Prejudice?
Do you want to get a jump on future selections?
November: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
December: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
January: What would you think about a Shakespeare play? Maybe Othello? or a comedy? It would be a stretch for me, but that’s the idea, right? I don’t want to jump into this if others don’t agree.
See our updated schedule at our Join In page.
Keep the suggestions coming (you can leave a comment on this post).