So here’s the last post of my 30 Day Book Challenge. It all started with Jane Austen and it’s going to end with Jane Austen. Thanks to all who has read, commented and liked my 30 Day Book Challenge posts!
Day 30: Book that I’ve Re-read the Most Number of Times
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
My first Jane Austen was my mom’s copy of Pride and Prejudice. She had gotten it as a wedding gift from one of her cousins. I remember reading it at night during a thunder storm. I just couldn’t bear to put it down. My mom finally came into my room and had to tell me off because it was a school night! And there began my love for all things Austen and of course for Pride and Prejudice. I think I have re-read at least five times.
It is also one of those rare books whose TV adaptation I have also enjoyed very, very much. The 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle was just superb! Talk about perfect casting! Makes me want to read Pride and Prejudice all over again.
Day 29: Favourite Forgotten Classic
London Lavender by E. V. Lucas.
If anyone has read my About page, they should know that I love discovering forgotten classics and bringing them to everyone’s attention. I also love discovering old time authors on my own. Authors like Stanley Weyman, F. Marion Crawford, E.V. Lucas and W.W. Jacobs to name just a few. Discovering old time authors who are virtually unknown today and reading and reviewing their books is one of my favourite things now.
Over the years I have read a lot of books from the past about which nobody seems to know which is a crying shame really because a lot of these books are great fun to read! London Lavender is one such book.
I first came across E.V. Lucas while reading a collection of short stories. The short story was called The Face on the Wall. It created quite a deep impression on my mind and I’ve been on the look out ever since for the original collection from which this story came.
After a lot of searching I finally found London Lavender, published in 1912. But as it turned out it is not a short story collection at all but rather a series of very loosely connected vignettes. It turned All my expectations upside down and I loved it!
Day 28: Favourite Fictional Villain
Madame Thérèse Defarge from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
In A Tale of Two Cities, the character of Ernest Defarge is a dull character. But his wife, Thérèse Defarge, is quite something else. As an unforgiving, bitter woman she is really chilling. Never taking her eyes off of her knitting, she manipulates the lives of the people around her most efficiently. Her thirst for vengeance and the cool and methodical way she sets out to destroy everyone is disturbing to say the least.
Day 27: Last book I Re-read
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
The last book I re-read was for my Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
Normally I re-read a lot. I find comfort with familiar stories, where known faces peek from the pages, books that have got that familiar texture and smell that helps me calm down. But this year I have been way too busy. As a result my old favourites are being neglected. I pick up whatever I see in front of me and start reading. Hopefully, I’ll get more time in the future to show my appreciation to these old friends.
Day 26: Last Translated Book I Read
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.
Sprawling, odd, complicated, scary, these are the words that come to my mind when I think of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I tried to keep an open mind and take it all in. But still at times I had to stop and think,
‘What on earth is this?’
Haruki Murakami is a brilliant writer. Even though I had a tough time with the book’s length and complexity, I felt the undeniable power of his prose. I think Jay Rubin did a very good job of translating such a complex book.