Bloor West Classic Book Club

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The Bloor West Classic Book Club meets once a month to discuss classic literature.

Accepting New Members!

New members are welcome to join our group. Please send me an email with some information about yourself if you're interested in joining including the following:

Favourite Novel (and why):
Willing to host meetings (Y/N)*:
Closest Intersection:
Why you wish to join:

*Please note that you must be willing to host meetings and live in the Bloor West Village / High Park general vicinity to participate.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held once a month on a weekday from 7pm to 9-10pm. All meetings are held at member's residences in the Bloor West Village / High Park area.

Membership Diversity

Members should be within the ages of 27-35. Meetings usually consist of four to ten participants at a time and members come from a diverse cultural and educational background - we have everything from literature majors and PHD students to teachers and accountants.

Choosing Books

We currently have a patented system, whereby books are chosen that all members want to read (what a 'novel' idea)! (I'm working on reducing my quantity of bad puns.)

We generally all have the opinion that books are meant to stimulate the mind, so our selections generally reflect that. It's acknowledged that the definition of "classic" is subject to interpretation, of which, we do our best.

Book List

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  5. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  6. Tess of D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  8. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  9. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  10. True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway
  11. The Return by Joseph Conrad
  12. Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  13. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  14. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  15. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  16. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  17. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  18. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  19. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  20. Utopia by Sir Thomas More
  21. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman [non-classic pre-screen]
  22. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  23. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  24. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  25. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  26. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  27. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  28. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  29. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  30. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  31. The Human Factor by Graham Greene
  32. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  34. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  35. Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
  36. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  37. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  38. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  39. Washington Square by Henry James
  40. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  41. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  42. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  43. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  44. The Iliad by Homer
  45. The Odyssey by Homer
  46. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
  47. The Analects by Confucius
  48. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  49. Republic by Plato
  50. The Aeneid by Virgil

Complete Book List

In Summary

What makes us unique includes the way we choose books that all our members want to read and the fact that we read "classic" novels only. Carol Shields, Danielle Steele and Steven King have politely been asked to leave, while the spirits of Hemingway, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Salinger go about enriching our lives.

We hope to see you at one of our meetings, in the near future.


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