If the Chautauqua Institution were Oceania and the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle were The Party, Big Brother would want you to read The Curfew by Jesse Ball.
For those familiar with dystopian novels such as 1984, Brave New World and Anthem, the CLSC selection for Week Eight, The Curfew, is one to read.
The book follows William and his daughter, Molly, as they live with their heads down and remain indoors before the police-mandated curfew begins. After William’s wife is taken, he risks everything to venture out after dusk into war-torn surroundings where an uprising is building.
Ball will present a reading and lecture on his book at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.