Monday, April 23, 2012
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Book Journey hosts this weekly meme. As she says, "This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next 'must read' book will come from!"
My plate is, happily, pretty full right now. I love being in the middle of several books; I can pick up whichever one suits my mood at the moment. And I'm currently in the middle of more than several, thanks in part to a couple of very challenging challenges (see PROJECTS in the sidebar).
For the first time ever, I'm reading a graphic novel, Maus--A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman. Honestly, I would never have picked up a graphic novel if the Mixing It Up challenge hadn't required me to. I'm glad I did, though, because this one is very compelling. Spiegelman manages to convey not only the heartbreaking suffering of Polish Jews under the Nazis, but the complexity and ambiguity of his relationship with his father, who tells the story. I'm not sure how he does this in a comic book format, but he does.
The Revenger's Tragedy is a renaissance-era play attributed to various authors; my edition credits Cyril Tourneur. Very Shakespearean in tone (unsurprisingly as it's from the same period), very dark, very bloody. Its title calls it a tragedy, and a little googling reveals that the renaissance tragedy was a form that followed a specific pattern and generally didn't end well. This is for the Classics Club.
I'm reading Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as part of Twelve By Shakespeare in 2012. We're discussing online as we go--it's nice to be able to do that.
Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, also for the Classics Club, is quite a tome (1500-odd pages), but it's a compulsively readable one. Set in India in the early 50s, just after the British pullout and partition, its scope is both grand and intimate, much like War and Peace. The characters are so real, and their lives and situations so interesting, that whenever I sit down with them I lose track of time and devour several chapters.
As part of my laborious effort to improve my German, I try do do a little reading in that language every day, even if only a couple of pages. What I'm working through now is Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) by Franz Kafka.