Drum roll please. This is what the last 100 pages of a more than 500 page classic novel looks like! I've done so poorly of late with reading classics, long novels and books in translation that I feel like I need to end things with a little fanfare. All the more so since I have managed to even read this in a reasonable amount of time, too. I checked and I added Eline Vere to my sidebar on June 6, which means I have only been reading it a little over a month now. For me this is pretty quick progress all things considered.
This cover illustration, by the way, is really perfect. After getting to know Eline (and now wondering more than ever how her story is going to turn out), this captures the feel of the story and the personality of the character. I think this will easily be in my top ten best reads of the year list.
I have lots of other things to share with you about my Dutch Literature reading, but I will save them for another later post. After I finish this I will be switching my attention to Louis Couperus's shorter novel, Inevitable, which I was very much enjoying (it is set in Italy by the way) before I decided I really should concentrate on Eline.
I've had to do a little swapping out of books (hopefully only temporarily) in order to accommodate quickly approaching library due dates (and I need pay a little closer attention to them as they involve books acquired through interlibrary loan). With such a chunky book out of the way I hope to make a little more rapid progress on my other books I've started for this project. I might have to pick another classic to read (in general--so not specifically a classic by a Dutch author). And I think once I finish this book, next up will be The Tea Lords by Hella Haasse.
Now, I am off to read a few more pages. Please drop by again tomorrow as I have a guest coming. I was chatting with Elizabeth Wix about her book, Ruth & Gisela, which I just wrote about and she has kindly agreed to share more about the backstory. She has told me a little and I thought it so fascinating to know what inspired her to write the novel that I think it would be of interest even if you haven't read the book yet.