Read this week:
A Little Princess (completed)
Anne of Green Gables (completed)
The Vicar of Wakefield (in progress)
Comments: I loved Pinocchio, even though it was a bit strange and not very similar to the Disney version. A Little Princess was delightful, although it was spoiled a bit for me when I read about Frances Hodgson Burnett on Wikipedia. Suddenly all the innocent "Magic" became Spiritualism and Theosophy. Oh well. It's still a very good story. I have read Anne of Green Gables several times before. The purpose of this re-read is because I have just bought copies of Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, which I have never read before. I thought it would be a good idea to re-read the rest of the series before starting in on those two.
The Hobbit (completed)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (completed)
Frankenstein (in progress)
Comments: The Hobbit was, of course, an excellent read. I had read it once before, in middle school, but I guess I was too stupid or poorly educated to follow the easy-to-follow story. Lots of good adventure.
Tom Sawyer was also an enjoyable read. Harmony and I were wondering last week about when Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were going to be banned from public schools, due to some politically incorrect terms/attitudes expressed by the characters (but which I imagine was quite present in the then-contemporary vernacular).
I read Frankenstein back in 2000, for summer reading. I was quite surprised to find that I actually liked it. However, as with most books that I haven't read in many years, I don't remember many details at all (just that I liked it). So it "might as well" be a first-time read.
Monday, July 14, 2008
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