Bloor West Classic Book Club
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)*:
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- Tess of D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
- The Red and the Black by Stendhal
- True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway
- The Return by Joseph Conrad
- Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Utopia by Sir Thomas More
- A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman [non-classic pre-screen]
- A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
- Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The Human Factor by Graham Greene
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
- Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
- The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
- Washington Square by Henry James
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- The Iliad by Homer
- The Odyssey by Homer
- The Oresteia by Aeschylus
- The Analects by Confucius
- The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
- Republic by Plato
- The Aeneid by Virgil
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.