Meets on the 1st Monday of the Month
12 – 1pm in the AUDITORIUM
THE TOLSTOY ESTATE – Steven Conte
In the first year of the doomed German invasion of Russia in WWII, a German military doctor, Paul Bauer, is assigned to establish a field hospital at Yasnaya Polyana – the former grand estate of Count Leo Tolstoy, the author of the classic War and Peace. There he encounters a hostile aristocratic Russian woman, Katerina Trubetzkaya, a writer who has been left in charge of the estate.
A wonderful book. The characters live, the descriptions of war and what it does to people are explicit. We see war through the eyes of both armies and also the conquered people.
TENDER IS THE NIGHT – F Scott Fitzgerald
Tender is the Night is the fourth and final novel completed by American writer F Scott Fitzgerald.
Set in the French Riviera during the twilight of the Jazz Age, the 1934 novel chronicles the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychiatrist, and his wife, Nicole, who is one of his patients. The story mirrors events in the lives of the author and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald as Dick starts his descent into alcoholism and Nicole descends into mental illness.