This month’s book discussion takes place on Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m. Miwako Ogasawara will lead the discussion of Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest. When this complex novel, translated from the German, was first published as a book in 1895 it was its 75-year-old author’s first real literary success. Fontane based the story on a scandal he had heard of from a friend around 1888. Effie Briest, as a literary character, has been compared to Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina. But more than a story of adultery, it captures a world on the eve of its dissolution.
Fontane’s writing is compared with that of Jane Austen in that it works through “glimpses and allusions” with a limited circle of characters whom we meet in small groups. Thomas Mann is reported to have said in 1919 that Effie Briest belonged among the six most significant novels ever written.
Lunch prepared by Yolanda Bonomo will be served in the café following the discussion. To reserve a place at the discussion and lunch, call the senior center at 203-834-6240.