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Books are in for ‘Let’s Talk About It’

December 6, 2013
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By CITIZEN STAFF 

The books have arrived, ready to be checked out for next year’s “Let’s Talk About It” program at the Larsen-Sant Library.

“Humor and Satire” is the theme selected for the annual program, that will be held every other Wednesday, from Jan. 8 to March 6, at 7 p.m. at the library, assistant library director Teresa Rasmussen said.

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A different book selection is highlighted at each session. Books can be checked out in advance, even now, from the library. A scholar from an area university discusses the book and there is time for interaction from those attending.

The book selection and presenter for each date, plus a short synopsis of the book, follows;

• Jan. 8, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, discussed by Dan Hunt. This work is considered one of Wilde’s most famous plays and has been adapted into various movie versions. In the drama, Wilde satirizes the values that many still believed were the reason for the great triumphs of Victorian Britain on the world stage. Those ideas were respectability, self-sacrifice, moral rectitude and high mindedness. However, he revealed these “values” to be merely elements of an elaborate mask worn by the ruling elites. The book is actually about an English gentleman who pretends to be his own brother, Earnest.

This story is sponsored by Scrooge.

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