Reading Roundup: Great Books Club Discusses Sonny’s Blues
Great Books Discussion Group Roundup
The Great Books Discussion Group met recently to discuss “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin. This thought-provoking short story stimulated a good discussion about the problems associated with taking care of someone else. Issues of race and racism are like solid walls in this story as the characters move within them toward their own humanity. We probed the difficulties the narrator encounters as he tries to take care of his brother Sonny. His promise to keep his brother safe is an enormous burden to him and yet, often in spite of the object of his efforts, he comes to know his brother and learns to listen to him.
The group will discuss “Argument and Persuasion” by Donald Hall on Tuesday, September 15th at 7 pm. (Note: this special date for the September meeting.) This story will further probe the dimensions of one person’s sense of responsibility for another. A question to keep in mind while reading this story: To what extent are a person’s particular past sufferings essential to his or her ability to understand someone else?
We hope you will join us for another Great Books Discussion!
Jeanne, Great Books discussion leader