Since 2001 under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute hosts the Proust Society of America, a semester-based reading and discussion group of In Search of Lost Time. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. The new semester begins on March 8th. Registration is required.
What happens when Mattia Pascal finds that he has been mistakenly declared dead?
The New York Times Book Review calls this novel,
Very funny, often hilariously so. It is also moving, disturbing, tragic. For Pirandello saw comedy residing in “the fundamental contradiction .... between human aspiration and frailty,” a contradiction that induced “a certain perplexity between weeping and laughing.”
The deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas has a deadly secret.
This book casually pokes fun at the art of idle gossip while exploring gender struggles and the family dynamic. The New York Review of Books says,
The long, endlessly surprising conversational duels at the center of Compton-Burnett's works are confrontations between the unspoken and the unspeakable, and in them the dynamics of power and desire are dramatized as nowhere else.