Saturday, October 24, 2009
Well, I am working on it, Mr. Lawrence. I'm enjoying the bit that I've read so far. I'm not very far, admittedly-- I keep reading before bed and then falling asleep mid-sentence. As for book #2, The Abbot C by Georges Bataille, I did a little detective work. The Connecticut state-wide library catalog indicated that only one library had a copy. I IMd a reference librarian there to see if the book was in English as it was first published in French in 1950. Alas, their copy was in French, but she did a more comprehensive search and found some libraries in Connecticut that had the translation. It was an awesome online reference transaction and I requested the book through interlibrary loan. (My library schooling is showing-- "online reference transaction.") I'll lend it to Emily since it's tricky to track down.
While I'm enjoying these European writers, I look forward to book #3, William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. Its original publication date is 1936 and it takes place here in the States. My senior year, my English teacher recommended Absalom, Absalom! to me but I never got around to it. Well, William Faulkner, here I come!
I finished the book today! Aaron really doesn’t like women very much, huh? Not only did he leave his wife and little girls to go off on his adventures, he and his companions spend an inordinate amount of time discussing our ulterior motives. Apparently, it’s our main goal in life to get men to subject themselves to us. Who knew?
The kind of open-ended ending was pretty cool. I was wondering how Lawrence would wrap it up.
Next up for me: Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner. (The Abbot C is book #2, but not available at my library, so I’ll come back to that one soon.)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
The rule book: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, published in 2006 by Universe and edited by Peter Boxall.
The players: Emily, Michael, and Marissa
The method: We're going to read through the list alphabetically starting with Aaron's Rod by D.H. Lawrence.
More info soon!