Believe it or not, it’s that time again – time to tackle another “impossible” novel. Now that many of you have conquered Ulysses, War and Peace should more or less feel like a breeze. Why War and Peace? Like Ulysses, it stands in my mind as a novel too intimidating and too long to possibly finish – two great reasons to tackle it with Mission Impossible. Though they might turn out to be unfounded, I know my sentiments are not unique other readers. Then, there are those of you who have already read War and Peace and therefore may wonder about the value of reading it again. I always say that discussing a book with other people will give you a richer reading experience. Group interaction is a great catalyst for new insights.
With all of that said, I invite you to take up your novels and join me again for another literary journey. Our kickoff meeting is on August 10, 6:30pm, in the Community Meeting Room. We’re privileged to welcome Dr. Irwin Weil, who will deliver an introductory lecture on the novel. Dr. Weil is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University, where he has been teaching for more than 40 years. At this kickoff meeting, we’ll have a limited number of copies of the novel available for checkout. We’ll also handle sign-ups for discussion sections. More information about this meeting and discussion times and locations will be forthcoming.