April - Read a Classic Month

Hi, everybody, I'm baaaack. Anti-birthday birthday was great: Good food, good company, good hiking and just enough drinks to keep me merry.

Many, many thanks for your good wishes!

Now, we're into April (already???!!!) Time for me to report on my essay reading for March and prepare for a month of classics.

I finished only the Woolf essay book in its entirety, but managed to read essays by a range of authors, including Berlin, Emerson (Self-Reliance) and Didion. I wish I could expound on Emerson as eloquently as Dorothy W. or Stefanie, but, alas, I simply feel to harried to think that deeply. (Even as I type this, I must hurry off to my third meeting of the day.)

Heading into the classics month, I narrowed my choices to two:

1. In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower by Marcel Proust

2. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Holy cow, that's a lot of reading! I am looking forward to them both.

In other reading notes: Just started The Making of Victorian Values by Ben Wilson. I am going to try to fit this in with my classics reading for the month. Cross your fingers that my eyes hold out!


d. chedwick bryant said...

I love both Proust and James, but have never finished all the vols. of Proust"s ..remembrance... each year i say--maybe next year. James is one of my fave authors. Enjoy.

Nonanon said...

Meant to write much earlier and wish you the happiest of anti-birthdays. I'm very glad it sounds like you had a good time. What did you think of the Didion you read?

Welcome back!

Estella said...

I'll be really interested to hear what you think of the Proust. I've never read any of his stuff.


LK said...

Hi, Chedwick, can't wait to get into James. I was frustrated by him and then, after Turn of the Screw (which I read last fall), got hooked. Just cracked open Portrait -- even the preface is intriguing.

Nonanon, thank you for your well wishes. I have Didion's collected nonfiction and dabbled in that. I always loved Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album.

Estella, I loved Swann's Way, and I hope that the next volume is as wonderful.

Dorothy W. said...

Those sounds like wonderful choices for April! I love both James and Proust, and the Ben Wilson book sounds quite good too.

bhadd said...

The ending of Portrait is really a wow. I don't think his last three novels are any harder, just different.

Good choices!

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Smithereens said...

The essay about the Victorian values looks just great, I can't wait to read your opinion about it!

danielle said...

Oh, I really want to read Portrait, too!!! Now that I have started Tess, though, and am still reading David Copperfield I will have to put it off for later!

Stefanie said...

You're going to love the Proust. I hope you enjoyed the Emerson essay!