Very interesting books, Guillermo. The only one I've read (and NOT complete or chronological) is Kafka's stories. I have avoided Pamuk all these years because of Lale's intense dislike, but I've thought frequently of trying him anyway. Is My Name is Red the best place to start? I was thinking of Snow. Have you read more Pamuk so that you could make a recommendation? I've only read (as best I can recall) Of Human Bondage by Maugham, but I intend to read more. Heck, I'd like to read OHB again, since I read it before I'd actually lived it. :^)
I think I'm going to have to set Clarissa aside again. I simply can't stay focused on it. I try to mix it up with other books as a "palate cleanser," so to speak, but almost anything I pick up is more interesting to me. I've been reading a book on quantum mechanics that is more absorbing, and believe me, my knowledge of physics is embarrassing. Among the other books I've read recently is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, who wrote Housekeeping, which we read here. As I recall, neither of you liked that book much, but I loved it. I've put off reading Gilead, however, because the letter of an aging, dying Congregationalist minister to his very young son did not sound like compelling material for a novel. I loved it. I think it's magnificently written. There are two more novels, Home and Lila, which tell the same story from different viewpoints (I understand). I intend to read both. Soon.
But first, I've just started on The Garden of Evening Mists.
: I've gotten distracted from my reading of
: 21st century novels by something of a
: project. I'm thinking of trying to make up a
: class, an introduction to the British novel.
: I don't know if I'll ever get around to it
: or not, but I've begun the necessary
: rereading. I've finished Wuthering Heights
: and Pride and Prejudice. I'm reading Bleak
: House now. When I finish Bleak House, I'll
: start The Garden of the Evening Mists. Then
: I'll go back to one or the other of these
: two projects. I've filled the time slot I
: intended for the British novels, so there is
: less hurry about that. If I go on with it,
: I'll be rereading Middlemarch, Tess of the
: D'urbervilles, Women in Love, and quite a
: few others.
: Here is an interesting video I watched:
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