Community residents, local students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the Fall 2014 Great Books at Hayfield informal discussion series; open to all who enjoy reading great literature.
On Monday, September 22nd, Jacques and Elaine Rodrigue will lead a discussion on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude - a 1967 novel that tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia. The widely acclaimed book was first published in Spanish in 1967, and subsequently has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.
On Monday, October 27th, Tom Szumski will lead a discussion on Jack London's The Sea Wolf. This 1904 psychological adventure novel is about a literary critic who is the survivor of an ocean collision and comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen - the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Its first printing of forty thousand copies was immediately sold out.
Finally, on Monday, November 24th, Dave Smith and Fred Stefon will lead a discussion on Lucretius's The Nature of Things. This first-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius has the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience. The poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided into six untitled books, and explores Epicurean physics through richly poetic language and metaphors.
All meetings are held in Hayfield House Community Room, H105 and begin at 7pm. Refreshments will be served during each discussion.