When I attended the last meeting of Another Look this past spring, I knew that no one had offered to take over for Tobias. Seeing the crush of people at Levinthal Hall fifteen minutes before starting time, with standing room only, eager to hear a discussion of Albert Camus’s The Stranger, I realized how much this book series means to people at Stanford and in the surrounding community. I felt it would be a real shame to let it let it die, so I offered to take over the directorship from Tobias. We worked things out with Continuing Studies, which has generously agreed to sponsor the series’ continuation – and here we are, ready to go.
I read A Month in the Country about ten years ago and was enchanted by its style, landscapes, and themes. If any book fits the bill of Another Look – namely, a short novel from the past that richly deserves another look – it is Carr’s gem of a narrative, which takes on all sorts of different sorts of hues, depending on how you view it.