The Athens-Clarke County Library is pleased to participate in this year's Big Read event. This year's selection is "To Live" by Yu Hua. "To Live" tells the epic story of one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the civil war, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the cultural revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.
The book discussion is open to all. It will include members from three of the library's book clubs: Last Monday book club, Talking about Books, and For the Philo of Philosophy.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Athens-Clarke County Library
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