I’m doing this week’s W..W..W..Wednesdays meme because I’m too lazy to write a full “review” of the last book I read.
So yeah, in a way, I guess I’m cheating…
I blame it on the heat. These days, it’s just too hot to do anything, let alone come up with a brilliant, original blog entry…
1. What are you currently reading? – I’m currently reading 2 books at the same time – sort of. Last week I started reading James Joyce‘s Ulysses with a reading buddy. We got up to Chapter 6, but stopped temporarily due to reading backlog.
Good grief, Ulysses is a DIFFICULT read. I read the words, and understand the individual words, but when it comes to understanding the meaning of the sentences, paragraphs, and chapters as a whole, I am totally and utterly lost.
I don’t think I’m stupid, but this novel is incomprehensible to me!
While on hiatus with Ulysses, and to make sure that my brain has not turned completely into mush, I’ve been entertaining myself with Hilary Mantel‘s Wolf Hall – her Booker prize-winning novel about the Tudors, and Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power.
Ulysses to be continued next week, April 23 (yay…NOT!).
The short novel is a light tale about the colorful lives of the residents and visitors of the small beach town of Sanditon. While staying with Sanditon’s most enthusiastic promoter, Charlotte Heywood finds herself surrounded with interesting, odd, and sometimes not very nice, or wholesome ladies and gentlemen.
Charlotte soon discovers that not all who come to Sanditon come to relax and bask in its sunny beaches, swim in its cool waters, or breathe in its restorative sea breezes.
Though funny and witty, I felt the novel lacking in dialogue and character development. This may largely be due to the fact that the novel was left unfinished by Jane Austen, and Juliette Shapiro could only work with the text available to her. Not adding or altering many of the details already laid down by Austen could have been Shapiro’s way of being faithful to Austen’s original plot.
There are several published editions of Sanditon by different authors who add on to the existing text in the style of Austen’s writing to complete the story.
I think it would be interesting to read and compare several of the different versions of Sanditon, but so far, all I’ve seen is the edition by Juliette Shapiro.
3. What do you think you’ll read next? I haven’t decided what to read after Ulysses. I’m really just more concerned with trying to finish it. If my brain is still working after Ulysses, I might go for something light. Then again, after Ulysses, any novel can be considered “light.”