Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Salon

The Sunday

I keep re-reading my post about Night Train to Lisbon and it keeps not sounding right. For one thing, it ends way too suddenly and feels very truncated. But at the same time, it was such a dense book that I'm not sure what else I could have written. It's one of those novels you read and there's so much stuff in it that you don't know where to begin describing it. I'm not saying this to criticize Night Train to Lisbon at all, because it really is a wonderful story. I just didn't feel 100% up to the task of exploring and discussing it. Which sucks, because a book like this deserves better.

Now I'm in the middle of Their Eyes Were Watching God. I saw Oprah's made-for-TV movie with Halle Berry awhile ago but don't remember much of it. I'm up to the part where Jody Starks dies. So far, I enjoy it, but I'm kinda bugged by the exaggerated dialect every single black character speaks in. It clashes with the narrator and can be annoying to read, especially since the actual dialogue itself is quite good and very funny at times.

Not quite sure what I'm going to read next. I've got Thomas Mann's Death in Venice & Seven Other Stories and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crate. Probably the Mann. He was a friend of Hermann Hesse, whom I love, so that automatically makes him cool in my book.

Also: I know I promised to put up a photo of my new bookcase I discussed last week, but my mother took the digital camera with her to our vacation house a couple of hours away. And I still haven't figured out how to use it.


JoAnn said...

Hmm, I've got Death in Venice on the top of my tbr pile, too. I've recently read two books set in Italy for the summer vacation reading challenge, and have decided to 'stay in Italy' to complete the challenge. Have been wanting to read Mann for a while now.

Gavin said...

I understand what you mean about a review feeling "truncated". Sometimes a book has so much in it I give up trying to write about it for a while.
"Death in Venice" is a classic but I really enjoyed "Oryx and Crake".

Anonymous said...

Ooh read the Atwood novel and tell me how it is! It's on my TBR :)

claire said...

I was at the bookstore yesterday and saw Night Train to Lisbon, was so tempted to get it, but didn't due to the teetering tower of Mt TBR at home. Anyway, looking forward to your thoughts, as I really plan to read it one day.

Am reading THeir Eyes Were Watching God in a couple of weeks or so..

E. L. Fay said...

JoAnn: Pretty much the only Italian literature I've ever read was Dante's Inferno and Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. I'm interested to see what you read!

Gavin: I started The Blind Assassin but couldn't get into it. But I have heard good things about Oryx and Crate.

Rumination: Will do!

Claire: I actually wrote my Night Train to Lisbon post on Thursday, but I don't know how much help it's going to be. I just barely scratched the surface of what's in it. It starts off slow, but is incredibly multilayered and I do strongly recommend it.

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