altMonday, July 20, 6 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky.  In Love and War (DVD 1999).

Run Time: 113 minutes

Rated: PG-13 (for graphic war injuries and some sensuality)



altSunday, July 12, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot.  Sergeant York. (DVD 2006). 

Run Time: 34 minutes

Rated: Not Rated


titleWednesday, June 10, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

The novel set in 1914, in France, and details the vicissitudes of the First World War.  Due to their political differences, two families, both branches from the same family tree, face off.  After the death of patriarch Julio Madariaga, the Hartrotts leave Germany and the Desnoyers to France.  The families fight on opposing sides in WWI.  The novel travels through the Dantesque scenes of a Europe torn apart, where the onlything that survives is the desire to live.

Se trata de una novela ambientada en 1914, en Francia, y narra las vicisitudes de la Primera Guerra Mundial.  Debido a sus diferencias políticas, dos familias provenientes de un tronco común, se enfrentan. Tras la muerte del patriarca, Julio Madariaga, los Hartrott se marchan a Alemania y los Desnoyers a Francia. Ambas familias terminan combatiendo en bandos opuestos en la guerra. La novela discurre por los escenarios dantescos de una Europa rota, donde la única cosa que sobrevive es el deseo de vivir.

Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Spanish: Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog:




altSunday, June 14, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Julio Madariaga is the Argentine patriarch of a wealthy family. He has two daughters, the elder wed to a Frenchman and the other to a German. He prefers the Frenchman and his family, especially his grandson Julio, causing jealousy from the German and his three sons. When Madariaga dies, the family splits up, each son-in-law returning to his own country. The Frenchman and his own move to Paris, where Julio becomes an artist and has an affair with an unhappily married woman, the lovely Marguerite Laurier. Her husband finds out, but before he can finalize a divorce, World War One rears its head and both sides of the family will endure great suffering in the conflict, especially since they must fight one another on the battlefield.  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (DVD 2011).

Run Time: 150 minutes

Rated: Not Rated


altSunday, May 23, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse...Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne...The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water?  The Lighthorsemen. (DVD).

Run Time: 131 minutes

Rated: PG 


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