1stUUPB’s Second Saturday Book Group --
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy Search for Truth and Meaning
On Saturday, March 10, from 10:00-12:15 or so, 1stUUPB’s Second Saturday Book Group will meet in the Sanctuary to discuss Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, written over 200 years ago and still loved and respected. Newcomers are always welcome.
In a timing coincidence, last Sunday Rev Dan preached about our Fourth UU Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Be sure to read carefully P&P’s opening sentence: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This is one of the most famous openings in literature. It immediately establishes the main subject — marriage — and the tone — social satire. We could discuss this treasure for days, but we’ll focus on why it still resonates today.
Our theme this year is “Family — the Ties that Bind, and Sometimes Unravel.” We’ll see how Pride and Prejudice's Bennett family of the landed gentry class in England in the late 1700s compares with families we’ve already met this year in Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Moonglow by Michael Chabon, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.
On April 14 our closing discussion of the season will be on Adam Haslett's Imagine Me Gone, in which we’ll find that mental illness can be a family affair. Check it out!