Monday, August 04, 2008

Self-Ed 8/4/08

Read this week:
Anne of Windy Poplar (completed)
Anne's House of Dreams (in progress)

Comments: Anne's House of Dreams is just as entertaining as I remember. I just love Lucy Maude Montgomery's quirky side characters. Miss Cornelia Bryant makes me laugh.  Even though this book is a lot darker to me than the previous four (or perhaps because of that), I find that this is still my favorite.

Frankenstein (completed)
Robinson Crusoe (in progress)

Frankenstein was not as enjoyable as when I read it in high school, for whatever reason. At times, I found it to be entirely pointlessly verbose, so I would briefly skim those parts. After all, one can only handle so much of passages like this:

The mountains, o! would that you could have seen the mountains. We have not such mountains in my native country. They reached up towards the sky to touch the heavens, and indeed, it seems as though the mountains and the heavens were one. Where the snow capped peaks reached the heavenly clouds, one could scarcely tell where one ended and the other began. Indeed, the heavens were the boundary of the mountains, but the mountains, in turn, seemed to challenge defiantly their boundaries. Equally splendorous to the peaks were the valleys. Delicate streams of crystalline water gaily trickled their way through them; the intercourse between the tributaries, the Providence hewn precipices, and gossamer whisps of cloud would have been enough to bring tears to my countenance, were it not for my circumstances.

I made that up, and it's probably only slightly exaggerated. Seriously, let's just say "There were mountains. There were clouds, and there were streams. It was a pretty sight." On with the story, please.

As for Robinson Crusoe, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I like reading about survival situations, although I probably wouldn't like the situation much if I were in it. I'm alternating between a free eBook from PlanetPDF (at work) and a paperback when I'm at home. The chapters are divided up differently and have different titles, so it's somewhat of a minor chore to find out where I left off.
Harmony finds books like these utterly boring because there are no other characters, but I don't have a problem with that. I believe my 3rd grade teacher read Hatchet to my class, and I remember thoroughly enjoying that. Harmony found that book to be boring as well. (perhaps she is crazy)

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  • Ginny

    I LOVE Anne's House of Dreams, too! I always laugh hysterically and sob through that book. I am reading Anne of Ingleside right now and then I am going to go to Little House in the Big Woods. I like books with homemaking and farmsteading history.

    Oh, and I really, really enjoy Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson.

  • Ewokgirl

    Extreme verbosity is why I never could get into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The entire Tom Bombadill (I may have spelled that wrong) scene in Fellowship was completely pointless.

    I tried Robinson Crusoe; I just couldn't get into it. I'm glad you're enjoying it, though.

    I love the Anne of Green Gables series!

  • Thehotrod5

    I am with Ginny and Ewok as I LOVE the Anne series! I started The Hobbit last week but life happened and my reading time escaped me. I purchased a new book while out of town and well, now The Hobbit is on the back burner while I read Persuasion by Jane Austen. I am Hoping I can get through the book this week.


  • Harmony

    All of Jane Austen's books are on my list too, although I've read most of them at one point or another. But it's been so long, I think it's time for them again. Except, after I finish the Anne series, I think I'll want to read something completely different, like Treasure Island or The Von Trapp Family Singers, or maybe some Sherlock Holmes. In fact, I might do that after Anne of Avonlea. I hate to say it, but I'm kind of in the mood for something other than Anne right now. Poor Anne. I still love her....

  • Thehotrod5

    I am a little nervous about any of the Jane books as I have never read them before...so far they are right up my alley though! And yes..the Vion Trapp Family SIngers is on my list too!