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Book Discussion Group: The Winter of Our Discontent

Find out what the group is currently reading, when the next meeting will take place, and what previous books have been read.

The Author Speaks

“It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

Steinbeck Biographies

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Food for thought

The time of unhappiness is past.

Shakespeare's Richard III begins with the line “Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this son of York.”  This line is both the title of Steinbeck’s novel and a line sung by Ethan in the story. What are the similarities and differences between Ethan and Richard III.