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June 2016

Quarterly Classic Book Discussion: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
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One of Shakespeare's most frequently performed plays and regarded as maybe his best comedy, this is the story of the events surrounding the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta. At the outset of the play we find Hermia, who is in love with Lysander but is betrothed by her father's arrangement to Demetrius. Meanwhile Helena laments her unrequited love of Demetrius. Several parallel and interconnecting plot lines complicate the narrative. One of these is the planning of a…

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September 2016

Quarterly Classic Book Discussion: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
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Taking up a challenge from his whist partners, a mysterious English gentleman named Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune and abandons his quiet domestic routine to undertake a daring feat: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days, an achievement unheard of in the Victorian world. Fogg and his devoted manservant avail themselves of virtually every known means of transportation in their wild race against time. Meanwhile, a devious detective dogs their every step and introduces fresh obstacles. The…

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December 2016

Quarterly Classic Book Discussion: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
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The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this…

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