Join us for the 12th meeting of the FHB book club! We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.
December's book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Dickens is considered by many to be one of the most important English-language novelists of all time and is credited with creating some of the world's best-known fictional characters. As a modern reader, however, his work can sometimes be challenging. Some editions of Dickens' Bleak House, for example, run more than a thousand pages and there are around twenty major characters that are important to the plot. If you've ever wanted to familiarize yourself with Dickens' work but found it intimidating, A Tale of Two Cities is a great one to start out with due to the not-too-scary length (around 300 pages), manageable set of characters, and the adventure story subject matter.
The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats and is even available for free online because of how old the copyright is now. Please consider shopping local if you want a paper copy! Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.
About the book
Set in London and Paris before and during the tumultuous French Revolution, the novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met; Lucie's marriage and the collision between her beloved husband and the people who caused her father's imprisonment; and Monsieur and Madame Defarge, sellers of wine in a poor suburb of Paris.