Honore de Balzac's story of of a father's devotion to his daughters at any cost is our selection for this coming week. Goriot's story intersects with other inhabitants of a Parisian boarding house in this very complex social and moral drama.
- Classic Book review (alert: last paragraph a spoiler)
- Discussion Questions
- Bio and Historical Background
- Wikipedia Background Material
- Character List Cliff Notes
- Pere Goriot/ King Lear Connection
- Reader Reviews
- Movies/ imdb
- Library Thing Blog
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
- Teen Review
- Book history
- Gaston Leroux Bio
- Trivia Book vs. Play
- Story Based on Facts/Myths?
- Images from the Paris Opera house
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Joesph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" was the inspriation for the film, "Apocalypse Now."
We discussed Conrad's belief that we all had darkness in us that could emerge under certain circumstances. The historic backdrop of the the plunder of Africa's treasures and massacre of its people was compared to current events in that country's history.
- REVIEW "THE INDEPENDENT"
- CHARACTER ANALYSIS .
- READING GROUP GUIDE
- HISTORICAL BACKGROUND "WIKIPEDIA"
- 'HEART OF DARKNESS"/"APOCALYPSE NOW" SPARKNOTES
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens