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I got the email about the Virago book club and thought about you!

You are making excellent progress with Anna. I've had The Sisters book on my shelf for a while and I have to be really in the mood for biographies but I'm glad to hear you are enjoying that one as well. Good luck finishing up your books before year's end! I still seem to be sticking with one book at a time and so far that's working well.


I'm hoping to read Anna Karenina one of these days and I'm curious to see how it ends for you. Congrats on nearing the end!


Iliana--I didn't realize Virago had even updated their website until I saw that email--I think I've been out of the loop. I'm looking forward to seeing which book they chose to read first. And I should just read Anna K straight through now, but I can't seem to put down aside a few other books. I have to be in the right mood for biography as well, but the Lovell is so well written I am finding it hard to put down! Good for you to be reading one at a time--I should try that more often.


Elizabeth--I think we were both commenting at the same time! :) I really love Anna Karenina and can't wait to see a film adaptation so I can see all the beautiful clothes and settings, but I do feel for poor Anna. I've been wondering is she deserves her fate...I think I'll finish it well before the end of the year--yay.


Thanks for mentioning Virago Reading Week! I read Anna Karenina a few years ago in six days -- I wasn't working at the time and just had to zoom through it, it was so melodramatic and emotional, in the best way of course! (Although I thought the Levin parts dragged, more than a little!) I also really loved the Patrick Leigh Fermor quote in your previous post and am thinking of checking him out soon.


I must say I feel drawn to the Judith Lennox. This time of year all I want is a really good story to sweep me up and distract me completely. Nothing to hard to chew! And thank you for the heads up about Virago week. I'd love to take part if I can.


You make me want to return to Anna Karenina. I guess I had better order the edition you are reading.


You are sure to be done with Anna by the end of the year! And the Virago reading week seems perfect for you.


I always enjoy your posts, though don't always comment, but, did want to tell you so today. Good for you for keeping at Anna Karenina, while balancing other reads as well. I've just added The Sisters to my Amazon wish list - ah, one can hope can't one at this time of year.


I am joining the enthusiam about Virago week. That sounds like something I would enjoy too. I feel like litlove at the moment, I would like to read something really entertaining like Lennox. I am in the middle of Sebald's Austerlitz, not that easy but beautiful. Finishing this and that as well and started a wonderful book by Niccolò Ammaniti yesterday. Long time I haven't read Italian... I think it is the most beautiful language. Good news - It has been translated. "I am not scared."


Carolyn--Thanks for organizing this--it sounds like fun and I have loads of unread Viragos to choose from. I wonder if it is too early to start going through my books for ideas? :) I had better not admit to how long I've been working on Anna K. I think it would be a great book to read in a nice short stretch like you did--a nice continuity. I will finish soon, and it is an emotional read. I also thought the Levin section (part three) was a little bit of a slog, but the rest has been moving along nicely. I was happy when he finally came around and chatted up Kitty. And Patrick Leigh Fermor is excellent--I highly recommend his work!
Litlove--I think Judith Lennox would fit the bill nicely--her story has done just what you describe--sweep me away. It's well done, but not a hard read--the sort you can lose yourself in for a few hours. I like those this time of year as well. I'm really looking forward to reading a few of my Viragos--I'm tempted to go through and choose books now-but maybe I am getting ahead of myself.
Iris--I really like the Pevear edition. It flows nicely--sometimes books in translation feel very clunky, but that is not the case with this one. I've been thinking of making a big push this weekend to finish, but I might wait until I am a little closer--I wonder if there will be a point where I simply have to keep reading to see how things work out!
Stefanie--It feels so nice to have such a little chunk of pages on the right side of the book--it makes me feel like I am whizzing through. I think I should easily finish before the end of the year. Now I wonder if I can also finish Madame Bovary, too! And I love having an excuse to read a few of my Viragos!
Penny--Thanks for your kind comment. I often just read from Google Reader and don't make it out to leave an actual comment--I know exactly how that goes! :) I have been reading Anna K faithfully every morning now and it is amazing how quickly things move when a book gets daily attention! The Lovell book is great--I think if you pick it up, you won't want to set it down again.
Caroline--The Virago week does sound like lots of fun. It will fit in with my plans since I hope to read more Viragos next year--and as it is just a week of reading it is not too much of a commitment. I look forward to hearing lots about the books, too. I tried a Sebald book this past year but I struggled with it and set it aside. I've heard so many good things about him--I think my timing was just off or I would do better to start with a different book--I was reading Vertigo--have you read it? The Lennox is very easy in comparison--a good holiday read certainly. I have heard of Ammaniti and have that book! I will add it to my list as I want to try and read more Italian authors, too. So many plans already.... :)


I think I might post an "in-between"-Sebald post, before even finishing the book. I have a lot to say about the German, the translation and his style. It takes at least 70 pages to get into. Once you have the rhythm, it works. But, that is for the German, the English seems easier to read but maybe the rhythm is lost in translation. I read Austerlitz. The rhythm issue is one of the most difficult in translation. Ammaniti has something magical. I'm gald I found the Italian, not so easy here. We wre discussing an Italian read along with Richard and amateur reader. 12/12. One each month. But I would also like to do a read around the world. 12/12. Like you, my year is almost plannend. And I would like to do a crime around the world as well.


I'm hoping to start this in January, and appreciate hearing your experience with it. The end is near!

Dorothy W.

Congrats on the progress with Anna K.! You make me want to pick up Elizabeth George again. I'm ready for the third book in the series (the truth is, though, I probably won't get to it for a while. But still!).


Caroline--I'm very curious to hear what you have to say about Sebald since he is a German writer (well, even though he lived in the UK for many years I think he still wrote in German?). Maybe the translation was my problem, but I really think I did not give the book enough of a chance. I don't always do well with experimental fiction. I do plan on reading more Italian authors, but I have a feeling with my other plans I won't manage one a month--but I like the idea. And like you, I've toyed with the idea of working my way around the world with crime novels! That really does sound like fun.
Kerry--I am really enjoying it. I would have done better (read faster) if I had concentrated on it alone, but I have a bad habit of reading more than one book at a time. There was a section where one of the characters did gone on about farming issues and the peasants on his land, and I know it was an important section since it dealt with social issues, but it was a slow go for me. The rest of the book has been zipping along, however. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!
Dorothy--I'm almost there! I think it is a book I will have to reread some day, but it has been quite an undertaking this year. Elizabeth George's mysteries aren't perfect reads, and there are a few things that do grate on me a little bit, but I've really been enjoying reading this. It is back to a more traditional (George-style) detective story. It's nice to see some of the other regular characters, too, and have Lynley's life back to normal. I'm sure you'll pick up another when the time is right--I know how you feel though--lots of books sound good, but it's impossible to read them all at once.


You're right about Mary Lovell, an excellent biographer. Her book about Bess of Hardwick is also very good. Her next book is about the Churchills so that should also be fascinating in the same way her Mitford book is.


"It's not going to be happy and maybe that is what has me rushing to the end." I agree; in a situation like this I either have to sprint to the end or risk letting it sit unfinished forever (which doesn't necessarily leave me feeling any better when I already have a sense of doomishness about the tale). Good luck with your rush to the finish!


Thanks for mentioning the Virago reading week - I'm excited to have you join in!

Well done with your Anna K project - it's not an easy book but I remember feeling that it was very rewarding, despite the tragic end. Glad you are loving the Mitford bio - warning - it will trigger a Mitford obsession!


Lyn--I have Mary Lovell's bio of Beryl Markham, though I can't remember now if I ever read it or not--I went through a phase where I read about famous aviatrix (or is it aviatrices?). I read Markham's West with the Night, though and now will have to think of reading the Lovell bio. I've added her book on Bess to my wishlist--I love her writing style.
BuriedinPrint--I already know (more or less) how it ends, so it won't be a surprise, though I'll see what leads up to it. I am hoping that Tolstoy writes about her family's response to what happens--I think I am alternately dreading the end and want to get to it quickly. And then I have Madame Bovary to finish as a follow up. Will need a good dose of humor after that!
Rachel--I'm so looking forward to reading some of my Viragos and feel like sifting through my piles and contemplating which to read. I know it's a little soon, but part of the fun of reading is thinking about what to read next. You are right--Anna K is definitely worth the effort. I want to see one or two of the movie adaptations, though I fully expect they won't do the book justice. I mostly want to see lavish visuals and put images to mind. And reading about the Mitfords really does make me want to read more. I have Deborah's autobiography from the library at home as well as the book of letters between her and Patrick Leigh Fermor, which I am hoping to start during my holiday break from work. I could easily sit and read the Lovell all afternoon--if only I actually had the time to do so!

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