19 September 2008

Books

What I've read in the past couple of weeks:
  • Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy - Pretty good, although I didn't enjoy it as much as Tess of D'urbervilles. Jude was superior in stylistic choices and construction, I have to admit, it just wasn't as smooth.
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nobokov - Read for the umpteenth time. Beautiful and disturbing, it remains one of the best.
  • The Chicago Way, by Michael Harvey - Noir murder mystery. Interesting enough. Sent by my mother.
  • Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell - Written by a Tribune reporter, it has an excellent analysis and history of Obama up to the primary race. Sent by my mother.
  • The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway - Yeah, I'm an addict.
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot - Virginia Woolf's literary criticism was about as ill-founded as T.S. Eliot's when it came to matters of pure excellence, but she was spot-on about the exemplary nature of Middlemarch. Great stuff.
  • Demian, by Herman Hesse - Full of some of the most subtle writing I have seen. Such brilliance as a twofold and conscious set of references to both Dante Alighieri and Dante Gabriel Rossetti seamlessly drawing in their stories and associated themes into the whole... masterful. I am going to have to read the rest of Hesse.
  • Four Saints in Three Acts, by Gertrude Stein - Actually the libretto for an opera, music by Virgil Thompson. Not ready to render a verdict on this one, since I just read and listened to it today.

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