Ah well. No P&P available in the library. Looks like other Austen fans had the same idea too. Picked up nine other books instead. Should keep me occupied gainfully for the next week or so.
Reading ‘The Pleasure of Reading’ last week was an enlightening experience. This was an anthology of reading experiences of various authors and writers. Each was asked to list their top ten favorite books. Now, as we all know, making up such a list is not possible, because really, the list changes each day. Most of these writers also felt the same and named some of their favorite ‘desert island’ books. It was surprising to find some books and some authors cropping up consistently across lists. So consistent infact, that I wrote down the books just to see how many writers recommended them. That list of about 25 books is now my latest ‘Reading List’. Formed of mostly classics and old favorites, the List will accompany me to libraries henceforth. Besides finally getting down to reading classics specifically, it would be interesting to see what these writers found so fascinating.
Today, among the nine books I’ve brought home, three are from the List :
– Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
– Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall
– Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse
Jane Eyre was mentioned most often through the book and I’ve read it so many times already that I’ve not added it to the List. That story has the potential of being another P&P. Maybe if Colin Firth plays Mr Rochester…
If you haven’t read P&P yet and don’t have a library nearby, try an e-version of the printed word. The book is available here, to read.
Another great link for ebooks, especially classics is http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/
Download your favorite books to your desktop and read at your leisure. You may ruin your eyesight, but when you have such wonderful characters for company, who cares?!