from: Zinnia Kray
subj: Past Tense Read
While avoiding touristing:
Subcategory: Gothic Novels
Subcategory: Boring Existentialism
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. I read it on the plane to
Japan and as a result remember very little of my impression.
Being a gothic novel, of course, it had way too much over
moralizing and misery.
- Melmoth the Wanderer, by Robert Charles Maturin. Oh, the
agony of civilized life, ohhh, the AG-ON-Y!!! I am glad the
gothic form has evolved since the early 1800s. This book was
almost physically painful to read, although not nearly as
bad as "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", which took me several
months to finish on acount of agonies. Nevertheless, there
are many juicy plots and quite a bit of tolerable philosophy.
Subcategory: Canadian Literature
- Magister Ludi, by Hermann Hesse. I liked "Steppenwolf",
but this one is just pointless 20th century blather about
the nature of scholarship. Oh those fun-loving Germans!
- The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje. Eh.
- The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx. Wanna read a comedy
about Newfoundland and a man's "journey of self-discovery" there?
This book is actually much better than it sounds.
- Brave New World by Aldoux Huxley. Much funnier and lighter
than I was expecting it to be. An easy, pleasant read.
- The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccacio. I would never think
in a million years that I'd actually read the whole thing, all
100 stories, but I did, and I actually enjoyed it, particularily
the ribald bits.
- The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl. Yes, written for
adults. There are some real classics in here, I highly
recommend reading it.