CBE Book Group
The CBE Book Group does not meet in July and August. We resume in September.
September 22: The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie combines a ferociously witty family saga with a surreally imagined and sometimes blasphemous chronicle of modern India and flavors the mixture with peppery soliloquies on art, ethnicity, religious fanaticism, and the terrifying power of love.
October 20: The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Bernard Malamud’s second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who “wants better” for himself and his family. Like Malamud’s best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers.
November 17: Hour of the Star and Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector
“Lispector is the premier Latin American woman prose writer of this century.” Hour of the Star is the haunting tale of Macabéa; the name refers to the Maccabees, and is one of the few overtly Jewish references in her work. She cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love and the art of fiction. Her 1st novel, Near to the Wild Heart, the story of a middle class women's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence, published in 1943, introduced Brazil to “Hurricane Clarice”: a 23 year-old who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and baptized it with a title from Joyce: “He was alone, unheeded, near to the wild heart of life.” It was an unprecedented sensation. One critic, the poet Ledo Ivo, called it "the greatest novel a woman has ever written in the Portuguese language.”
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