- To share the joys of reading fiction.
- To discuss and exchange ideas on Colm Toíbín’s latest novel, his narrative techniques, his recurrent themes and his fictional universe.
- To build strategies that will enable the participants to take an active role in the creation of the meaning of the novel.
In House of Names (2017), Colm Toíbín draws on Aeschylus's Oresteia to explore the lives, minds and motivations of those who are mostly silenced in the Greek tragedian's original play. The bereaved mother (Clytemnestra), the sacrificial victim (Iphigenia), the revengeful daughter (Electra), the tormented son (Orestes) all take centre stage in Toíbín's masterful work. In constant dialogic relationship with Aeschylus's tragedies, House of Names is a complex read, but also a profound examination of timeless themes such as parental love, filial loyalty, betrayal, revenge, and the possibility of true human connection in a hostile and forbidding universe.
- Presentation of an integrated approach to the text.
- Guided group reflection and exchange of ideas on the text.
- Reading of key sections of Colm Toíbín’s House of Names to appreciate its narrative power.