Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym. Barbara Pym is widely regarded as the 20th century Jane Austen. This is a wonderful story about 4 people who work together and grow old together. Filled with dry, ironic humor, Quartet in Autumn is a poignant depiction of the lives of four elderly people, who have worked together for several years. All of them live alone, and none of them have much of a life outside of their repetitive and intellectually deadening jobs. They treat each other only as colleagues and not as friends, both in and out of the office. The two women consider the two men to be merely “part of the furniture,” and the men have no interest in the women beyond their function in the office. As a result, they have never socialized, visited each other’s houses or apartments, shared a lunch hour together, or come to know each other as human beings.
Please join us at the College Club on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 for a fun discussion. A glass of wine, a good book to savor, various desserts to enjoy, and good friends—ingredients for a great evening! Come join us!