It is with deepest affection that I welcome my wonderful bookish friend Michele, who blogs at The Great Read, no less, to give us some insight into Antigone! I love her dearly and consider her a true friend. She’s been such a wonderful source of wisdom and encouragement to me and has graciously agreed to help with book club. Welcome, sweetie Michele!
“Your wisdom appealed to one world ~ mine, another.”
~ Antigone (Sophocles)
I’ll admit it. When Edie named Antigone as the next book for her Read Well ~ Live Well Book Club, my heart was stone cold sober. Sophocles? My friends are all swooning over Gone Girl and Killing Kennedy. Sophocles?
But I put the brave rebel named Antigone on hold at the library anyway. Because I trust Edie’s literary judgement and I’m nothing if not a book club good girl.
Here is where I am today. Antigone is blowing me away. I ran into a girlfriend yesterday and blabbered on and on about the loyalty and bravery of Antigone in the face of death. About the contrast and heart-wrenching, beautiful completeness of a sister’s love. About the differing views of a woman’s place in the home, in society, in speaking her mind (I have quite a bit to say on that last subject).
Oh, and the colossal knee-weakening premise, which world are we appealing to?
Reading this classic inspires our inner Columbus, our Amelia Earhart. We all have an inner earth (some call it an imagination, but I tend to lean towards the dramatic). A freshly made globe that is ours alone to map. With each chapter read, we plant in new soil a personal flag of discovery.
And here is my favorite part about embarking on a new quest – with books being a magical transportation. We find out that we are not alone. Waiting there for us are others, like Edie has done here, and they welcome us with hospitality and homecoming.
I’ve made bookmarks as a memento of our journey. Just right click on the bookmark, copy and paste it in MS Word and print. I glued a few pieces of construction paper on the back of mine to make it sturdy.
So where did Antigone take you? I am so excited to start discussing! Edie is such an inspiring example that sharing really does make life sweeter.