Back to the Classics Challenge: Anna Karenina

What can I say about Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina that hasn’t already been said by one reader or another?  It’s a long, complex, bittersweet novel about the lives of aristocratic families in Russia in the late 1800’s, summed up nicely in its famous opening lines:  “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy…

A Farewell to Arms

On a whim, I decided to read Ernest Hemingway‘s A Farewell to Arms a few weeks ago. I didn’t know much about it other than it was about some war – World War II, I thought. Before reading it, I was actually getting it confused with the 1996 movie In Love and War, starring Sandra Bullock and…

Last reads of 2010…

I’m a little late writing about the last two books I read in 2010.  Two books of quite different moods – the first, quite heavy, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and the second, to brighten my mood a bit, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by…

Les Miserables – the adventure begins…

It took me over 15 years to finally decide to read Victor Hugo’s epic novel, Les Miserables. I first discovered Les Miserables from the music and lyrics of  Claude-Michel Shonberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer’s highly acclaimed musical of the same name.  Through the powerful and moving music and oftentimes heart-wrenching songs, I was acquainted…

The Book Thief: A Review of Sorts

“First the colors.  Then the humans.  That’s usually how I see things.  Or at least, how I try. *Here is a small fact*  You are going to die.” I find it much harder to write about a book I liked than to write about a book I disliked or hated. With ‘bad’ books, there’s always…