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The next One Book One Saint Mary's selection will be unveiled at Reunion 2013. Don't miss your chance to vote for this year's title.
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Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel is a tale of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was published in 1953. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires -- the system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.
Ray Bradbury predicted a future with remarkable technological advances, including wall-size flat panel televisions and iPod-style earbuds. His story about censorship also foretold of a people addicted to and isolated by mass-media overload. Before his death, in 2012, Bradbury would tell his biographer that he wished he hadn't predicted the disconnect between people, as a result of technology, as well as he had.
The book will be celebrating it's 60 years anniversary in 2013. There is also a 1966 movie based on the book, starring Julie Christie (available on DVD).
One of Virginia Woolf's best known novels, Mrs. Dalloway is set in post-World War I England and follows a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares to host a party that evening. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters' minds to explore Clarissa's life and world. In examining the life Mrs. Dalloway leads and questioning what might have been, Woolf raises important social, historical, and feminist themes.
In 2005, Time magazine included the novel on its list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. The Dalloway's Clubhouse on the Saint Mary's campus is named for the title character of the novel.
Before you see it on the big screen, reread this 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby, written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald!
Would-be writer Nick Carraway leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era knows as the Roaring Twenties. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. Through them, Nick is drawn into a captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick observes, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Widely regarded as a "Great American Novel" and literary classic, The Great Gatsby was ranked 2nd in the "100 Best 20th Century Novels" by The Modern Library.