Classics in Brief

Classics in Brief

These are the books you SHOULD have read… but didn’t. Or maybe you read them, but it was 20 years ago… and everything you learned 20 years ago took a backseat to figuring out your Friday night plans.

We get it. That’s why we have our Classics in Brief book club. With the help of our super-well-read-and-educated staff (a.k.a. Manager Wayne), we choose some of the great Classics of literature… all kept short.  Just because you might not have time to read War and Peace doesn’t mean you can’t read ANY Tolstoy! Join us as we work our way through a range of old and new classics that won’t monopolize your reading list!

What We're Reading: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

Event date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
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By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translator), Colm Toibin (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811219495
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 9th, 2011

Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macab a, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macab a loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery, Macab a is inwardly free/She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator--edge of despair to edge of despair--and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love and the art of fiction. In her last book she takes readers close to the true mystery of life and leave us deep in Lispector territory indeed.