Date(s) - 05/03/2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IH Nuevos Ministerios
This month’s book is Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.
A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
The IH book club meets once a month to discuss a different work of literature. Discussions are wide ranging and and often demonstrate an interesting variety of interpretations and opinions. So far, we have read books by a wide variety of authors including George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Truman Capote and Graham Greene.
As well as the great enjoyment of reading and discussion, our members regularly comment on the benefit that they have noticed to their English studies. Getting into the habit of reading regularly in English helps greatly as it builds vocabularly and grammar and exposes us to a range of styles and registers.
Michael Smith – Club Coordinator
Bookings are closed for this event.