Nobel Prize Literature ‚Äď We read and analyze prestigious books recognized by the Nobel Committee for Literature. Books listed are between 100 and 200 pages in length.
January 21 ‚Äď As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner (1949). As I Lay Dying is a novel of some daring, one that forgoes the unified perspective of a single narrator and fragments its text into fifty-nine segments. Writing this way, Faulkner requires his readers to take an active part in constructing the story, allows multiple and sometimes conflicting interpretations and achieves remarkable levels of psychological insight.
January 28 – The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest Hemingway (1954). The Old Man and the Sea is the story of an epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life. For eighty-four days, Santiago, the aged Cuban fisherman, has set out to sea and returned empty-handed. Then he hit the jackpot.
February 4 – The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck (1962). Ethan Allen Hawley is a former member of Long Island’s aristocratic class. Ethan’s late father has lost his family’s fortune, and, consequently, Ethan is now a clerk in a grocery store. His wife Mary and their children resent their lowered status, and reject the honesty and integrity that Ethan struggles to maintain in a corrupt society.¬†¬†
February 11 ‚Äď Beloved, Toni Morrison (1993). Set during Reconstruction in 1873, Beloved centers on the powers of memory and history. For the former slaves in the novel, the past is a burden that they desperately and willfully try to forget. For Sethe, the protagonist of the novel, memories of slavery are inescapable.
Ralph Loomis, an LLI Facilitator and member of the Board, earned a BA at UConn and MA degrees¬†¬†¬† from¬†Trinity College and Wesleyan University. He has held positions in government, and both the¬†¬†¬† corporate and non-profit sectors.
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.¬†