Book Chamber: April Book Choice

from Constance Hornig, Book Chamber Chair

April 8, 2022


April is Classics Month at the Book Chamber, and surprise! Many of us had not read Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations¸ the life story of Pip, the blacksmith’s apprentice, who comes into unexpected money and “great expectations” (“From whom?”, you might ask).  He becomes a young gentleman, but never forgets his childhood love – Estella – raised by the eccentric Miss Havisham, whose fiancé dumped her at the altar, to hate all men.  Miss Havisham, a literary icon: . . .

“. . . was dressed in rich materials – satins, and lace, and silks – all of white. Her shoes were white. And she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white. Some bright jewels sparkled on her neck and on her hands, and some other jewels lay sparkling on the table. Dresses, less splendid than the dress she wore, and half-packed trunks, were scattered about. She had not quite finished dressing for she had but one shoe on – the other was on the table near her hand. . .”

Have YOU read Great Expectations?  Join us April 19 (3rd Tuesday) at 6.30 pm on zoom  to enjoy this fiction classic, as forever denominated by those who enjoy a good story.  It’s a Must-Read, as confirmed by many book lists such as the following:

FiveBooks -Classic English Literature 
Project Gutenberg – Top 100 Ebooks 
The New Lifetime Reading Plan -by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major
Classic Books – Top 150 Classic Books list 
ListChallenges – 100 Books Everyone Should Make Time to Read
GoodReads Listopia    
Penguin – 100 Must Read Classics  
Canterbury Classics  – Word Cloud Literature
Southern Living – 40 Classical Books Everyone  Should Read in Their Lifetime