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The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, January 2 at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. These discussions, sponsored by Humanities Montana and the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. You may attend any and all of the discussions. Books are available at the library three weeks prior to each meeting. You will need a library card to check a book out whether you attend the discussion or just read the book. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant, a teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
January’s discussion is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Forget having read this classic in high school and embrace its story today for a thought provoking experience. Set in the harsh Puritan community of 17th century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne’s concerns with the tension between the public and the private sectors. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale stands as a classic study of a self divided; trapped by the rules of society, he suppresses his passion and disavows his lover, Hester, and their daughter, Pearl. This book was not written as realistic, historical fiction, but as a “romance”, a creation of the imagination that discloses the truth of the human heart.
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