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Nov. 7, 2013
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories
Chekhov is a master of the short story and I thoroughly enjoyed the DailyLit.Com version* of this classic which contained nine stories, the best known being the title story but my favorites being the two shortest, The Head of the Family about a man who alternates between being tyrannical and guilty and The Husband which has a great example of Chekhov's pithy character descriptions: "Among the husbands was Shalikov, the tax-collector--a narrow, spiteful soul, given to drink, with a big, closely cropped head, and thick, protruding lips." DailyLit is a great way to read short stories online and this makes the 28th book I have finished through DailyLit since I joined in 2009.
Nov. 7, 2013
The Moonstone
Lots of cliff hangers made this a perfect choice to read through DailyLit.com
Nov. 7, 2013
The Idiot
Enjoying my romp through Russian literature having read Crime and Punishment prior to this and next is Demons, reading along with Dennis Abrams and the Project D Blog. Managed to keep up with the reading, although didn't do well at posting my share of comments. Demons looks long but very promising.
Nov. 7, 2013
Crime and Punishment
A psychological and dramatic Russian classic which I read as the first of four Dostoyevsky books along with an online blog, Project D. The daily blog posts kept me reading at a steady pace and added critique and commentary as we went along. Although this was not nearly as difficult a read as Proust, which this same group did in 2010, I still found it helpful and more interesting to be part of the group read. Next week we'll begin The Idiot.
Nov. 7, 2013
Heart of Darkness
Conde Nast Traveler top 69 fiction travel books. That would be traveling up the Congo River during a time period when that would be quite a dangerous thing to do. Still, a "classic" book, and an interesting look at colonialism at it's worst (best?) and how one Kurtz was first deified and then destroyed, as well as how it affected Marlowe.
Nov. 7, 2013
Little Dorrit
Stephen King: 7 Great Books for Summer: "His most sentimental, absorbing, delightful novel...and yes, you will like it. Dorrit is as easy to read as any current best-seller, and more rewarding than most. Also, it explains the whole Bernard Madoff mess. If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'." Seven months and 418 emails later, finished reading this through DailyLit.com. Dickens is perfect for reading in installments. Which one should I try next?
Nov. 7, 2013
Dead Souls
Finished this "unfinished" Russian classic even if the author didn't. The nature of the book, Chichikov travels the 1800s Russian countryside "buying" ownership of dead serfs and meeting a wide assortment of people, lent itself well to reading through DailyLit.com Not exactly a road-trip book but Chichikov does travel and offers insights: "I am travelling on my own account as well, in that, in addition to possible benefit to my health, I desire to see the world and the whirligig of humanity, which constitute, to so speak, a living book, a second course of education."
Nov. 20, 2013
The Woman in White
Suspenseful to the end. Originally written to be serialized makes this perfect to read through DailyLit.
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