Thursday, October 11, 2012

Classics by my bed

Currently, five novels are my bedside. All of them are classics. For some inexplicable reason, I've a taste for classic novels lately.

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I don't know which novel I'd finish first, as I'm constantly switching between novels. I believe that most people would describe me as a polybookist. I'm fine with that label.

I am finding E. M. Forster's Howards End very enjoyable. It's short, so I think this has the best chance of being finished by the weekend. Also, Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is quite engaging. Very realistic, if I must say. Certainly not as cloying as the works of her sisters

My head is spinning from all the names in Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. It's bad enough that it's quite difficult to get into those polysyllabic Russian names, but to take note of the characters' nicknames, too? Ayayay! This calls for vodka, lots and lots of vodka. And caviar.

Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure is proving to be quite depressing. I'm this close to just watching the movie adaptation starring Kate Winslet. Oy! I'll watch anything with Kate Winslet. Even "Titanic." Henry James's The Golden Bowl is getting to be a challenge. One minute I'm reading it; the next minute, well, I'm wiping drool off my face and it's morning already.

James, Hardy, Forster, Brontë, and Tolstoy in my bed. It's like a slumber party, come to think of it.

12 comments:

stokedbunny said...

Sama ako when you do the vodka, caviar bit. :)

I want to read The Tenant of Wildfell. how many pages? :)

Peter S. said...

Hi, stokedbunny! It's not that that thick. Around 300 pages.

Overthinker Palaboy said...

whoaaa! bata pako ng nakita ko ang Thomas Hardy. Napaisip tuloy ako kung nasan na yung libro na yan sa bahay ng lolo ko.

Peter S. said...

Hello, Overthinker Palaboy! I'm sure andyan lang yung copy na yun sa mga shelves mo! Hehehehehe.

Monique said...

Two books is my maximum when it comes to simultaneous reading. I kind of "lose" the momentum kasi when I shift from one book to another eh. Maybe it's just me? Haha!

Peter S. said...

Hi, Monique! Yeah, it kinda gets tricky when you constantly switch. In my case, I had to do some back reading if I forget a few details.

Arabella said...

What a slumber party! Jude is depressing but despite that it is my favourite Hardy novel. I have Howards End on my list to read, I am just waiting for a copy to arrive in the mail I was going to borrow a copy off my daughter but her cat connected with it and not is a good way, (cat vomit does nothing to enhance the reading experience). Enjoy the reading!

Peter S. said...

Hi, Arabella! Thanks!

Noted your take on Jude the Obscure. I'll have more respect for it now.

Jace said...

5 books for simultaneous reading. Tapos classics lahat. Wow. Ako din I lose momentum when I switch between books. :D

Peter S. said...

Hi, Jace! Yup, I understand what you mean. Maybe this switching of mine will stop soon!

Lynai said...

Oh no, classics!

I am still acquiring a taste for these kinds of books, and so far, it's a struggle haha!

And you say you read these altogether? Okay. *salutes* :D

Peter S. said...

Hi, Lynai!

Hahahahaha. I still haven't finished with one of these books. But I'm enjoying the reading experience!