Our next book club will be meeting on Monday 12 July and we will be discussing books with a seafaring theme.
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Title:Wild Nights - Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway
Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway---Joyce Carol Oates takes on each of these literary giants in her newest story collection, powerfully and playfully reinventing the stories of the days leading up to their deaths. Unapologetically fictional--but digging deeper psychologically than many true accounts would dare--Oates's stories offer tantalizingly imagined glimpses into the inner minds of these familiar writers. Through the words of his own "diary," we watch as Poe succumbs to existential loneliness during a sociological experiment in an isolated lighthouse, stranded for a year with no companion but his faithful dog...Dickinson is brought back to life in an imagined future era, when a husband and wife buy her as a servant-robot/clone, eager for her to write her charming verses while she does the chores...Samuel Clemens (Twain) dotes on his "Angelfish," a group of young girls aged 10-15 who he insists should call him Grandpa and on whom he lavishes endless gifts...Henry James volunteers in a British hospital during WWI and struggles to overcome his revulsion at the wreckage of the soldiers' bodies only to discover something new and dangerously beautiful in himself...And in the final story, with Papa Hemingway hunched over a table late at night with a shotgun to his chin, we trace back over his angry, chaotic life, his tumultuous relationship with his father and his wives... Writing in the trademark words and style of each of these authors, Oates has created a dark, lively, and controversial work of ventriloquism that shows us these literary legends in a new and fascinating light.
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