Re: Tomcat Murr (non-spoiler)
Posted by Lale on 7/5/2011, 12:07:20, in reply to "Re: Tomcat Murr (non-spoiler)"
I also just started reading it. Steven, I will scan my page 296 and send it to you. I also have the Penguin Classics copy. |
Please tell me something that would make me want to read this book. Like Sterling, I also found it slow-going, and, based on past experience, I seem to have a hard time reading books titled "life and opinions..."
I wasn't very much into Jacques the Fatalist, or the other cat book we read, I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki.
I like the idea of two manuscripts being mixed up, but I need more encouragement from you guys to actually read this book.
I know that one excuse is always better than two, but I also have to say that the Penguin Classics version is extremely small font
Last night, after quite a few pages into Tomcat, I found refuge in the last Muriel Spark book in my stash that remained unread. Nice big fonts and immediately accessible story
: I've just started reading it. I find it slow-going, but
: interesting. My copy (also Penguin Classics) has page
: 296. I'll let you know what is on it when I get
: there. Or I could fax it to you or something.
: --Previous Message--
: I've just finished our May selection, The Life and
: Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Who
: else is reading it?
: This is a delightful pair of intertwined stories in
: tended largely as a satire of academia and the
: aristocracy. Its unusual and sometimes disjointed
: structure is very reminiscent (and to some degree
: deliberately so) of Tristam Shandy and Jacques the
: In my copy, page 296 is completely blank. This appears
: to be a printing error and not a trick by the author.
: It is the Penguin Classics edition (probably the only
: English edition available). If you have that edition,
: and your page 296 is intact, please let me know. One
: of the plot lines appears to climax at that point, and
: I would love to know exactly what happened.