And just like that, it is already midweek! Being locked down in our homes makes time flow faster than it usually does. I am with the world in praying that this pandemic will see its end soon. In the meantime, I am hoping that everyone is keeping themselves safe. We’ll get through these hard times. It is just a matter of time.
Before I get carried away and start talking about anything under the sun, let’s go back to this fun bookish meme, which was originally hosted by SAM@TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS. The mechanics for WWW Wednesday is quite simple. You just have to answer three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What have you finished reading?
- What will you read next?
What are you currently reading?
It wasn’t my intention to read Lolita immediately after purchasing it considering the number of books that are still unread in my bookshelf. However, because of the recommendation of a fellow book reader I fully trust, I decided to tackle this towering pillar of Russian literature. Admittedly, I am having some trouble unraveling the thoughts of the narrator but I am just a couple of pages in so I am hoping that everything starts to make sense soon.
What have you finished reading?
Yay, for the nth consecutive week, I managed to complete two books. Maybe the lockdown is a blessing, at least to some extent.
My venture into European literature brought me next to Austria, with 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Peter Handke’s Slow Homecoming. Technically, the novel is not set in Austria as it starts in Alaska and relates the story of a geologist, Valentin Sorger. The story is divided in three parts employing different narrative styles and perspectives. Because of this, I was reminded of Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy. There are, obviously, some autobiographical elements in the book. It wasn’t an easy one to understand or appreciate but Handke does have a knack for description.
I followed Slow Homecoming up with French-born Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne’s adventure novels are quite famous as most were adapted into film, including this one. It is a fast-paced story and before I knew it, it was already over. Despite this, I appreciated the diversity of characters – from Englishmen Phileas Fogg, to Frenchman Passepartout to Indian woman Aouda. The premise itself is interesting. Fogg and Passpartout, because of a wager, set out to circumnavigate the world in 80 days. It was a good read but I wish the pace was slower and the story longer.
What will you read next?
I am actually unsure what books to read next but maybe Robert Tressell’s semi-autobiographic work, The Ragged, Trousered Philanthropists and Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio might be wonderful options. The former is part of my 2020 Top 20 Reading List so just maybe. Nothing is ironed out yet as it will ultimately depend on my mood. One book I am also considering is Peter Nadas’ Parallel Stories but it is over a thousand pages long so…. Come what may.
I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Happy reading everyone!