- Running Elley
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Hi everyone!!! We’ve selected the 2 book club books for the month of September! We’ll be discussing them in early October. We’ll discuss The Magicians first and The Picture of Dorian Gray after that. I’ll probably start a post in about 2 weeks to just remind people and see how it’s going. Also, while you’re reading if something strikes you as interesting or as something you’d like to discuss, etc. write it down so you can bring it up in our discussion threads.
We have some really good books so happy reading 🙂
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.
He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Portrait of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 by Oscar Wilde. It’s seen as one of the first Gothic horror fiction stories and it was criticized as scandalous and immoral! This is the special Reader’s Choice Edition which has been carefully designed for Dorian Gray and Oscar Wilde fans for extra easy reading. Plot summary: This classic book is about a young man named Dorian Gray. He is the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward who thinks he is very good looking, with a pure beauty. One thing leads to another and Dorian embraces a new hedonism with Basil and a new group of friends. He begins to believe that the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty, fulfillment of the senses, and pleasures of the flesh…