Current Reading

This blog is primarily for me to blog my responses to books that I'm reading. Sometimes I blog about other stuff too, though.

I'm currently reading Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society by Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Defeated by a Russian...and it's summer!

I can't read anymore of Anna Karenina.  I can't.  I tried, and made it 100 pages, but it's so slow, and the day-to-day activities of these pampered rich people are so mundane, so boring, that I keep hoping some Communist revolutionaries will come along and send them to Siberia.  I actually like the inner lives of these characters, but I hate their mundane activities, and I wish the story would move.  I toughed it out for 120 pages and that was enough.

Sorry, Tolstoy.  Maybe I'll try War and Peace one of these decades.

My next book is Academaze by friend-of-the-blog Sydney Phlox, aka Xykademiqz.

1 comment:

GMP said...

I had to read Anna Karenina in high school. If Anna hadn't killed herself, I would have gotten in there and strangled her myself. Tolstoy is just awful at writing women. (The satellite Kitty and Levin story was my favorite part of the book; although as a whole I hated it.)

When I contrast Anna Karenina with Madame Bovary (they have much of the same topical core), it's like night and day. Madame Bovary is written like a real, multifaceted person.