Talking Book Club March 20
Published on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 9:21am
In March we will discuss two short, less-known works by famous authors:
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
First published in 1927 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, this novel surveys the lives of five Peruvian travelers, victims of the collapse of a famous Incan bridge in 1714. Franciscan Brother Juniper, witness to the tragedy, weaves a story revealing how these people came together on the bridge at that final moment. Was it fate or was it an act of God?
Available in the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped collection as DB 41185 (3 hours, 27 min.) and the main DC Public Library collection in Regular Print and e-audio.
Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne
Written originally in 1863 and first published in 1994, this "lost novel" depicts Jules Verne’s vision of life in 1960s Paris. In this hyper-efficient but dystopian society, the story’s young, idealistic protagonist, Michel Dufrenoy, laments that there is no room for the human soul. Subways, automobiles, skyscrapers, electric lights, calculators, fax machines and email are all part of this utilitarian world.
Available in the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped collection as DB 47151 (5 hours, 27 min,) and in the main DC Public Library collection in Regular Print.
The Talking Book Club meets in Room 215 of the MLK Library, at 11 a.m. Brown bag lunches are welcome, with coffee, tea and cold water provided. Call Adaptive Services, 202-727-2142, for more information.