April 20, 2008

Reading done over Easter Holidays

Although I've been stuck to the head in revision over the holidays I still found some time to continue my reading. I first finished with "Tess of the D'urbervilles", then read "Frankenstein" and finally started another try at Tolstoys "Anna Karenina".

"Tess of the D'Urbervilles" took off rather slow and it took me a while to get used to the way of writing. I got really confused at the beginning and somehow missed an important point while reading because I was quite surprised when I read that Tess was pregnant though as I'd understood the story so far she didn't sleep with that jerk. However all in all it was a nice read though not really surprising apart from the end but I won't spoil that. Read it yourselves!

I've bought "Frankenstein" already a couple of years ago but have never found the time to read it. I was quite surprised to find out that not the monster is called Frankenstein but its creator. Otherwise the story had no real surprises either. I enjoyed reading it though. Probably because it had no happy end and for some twisted reason I like stories (and movies) that don't end with everybody being happy and in lala land. It's a tragic and sad story and it shows in an impressive way why men should not try to play god.

This is actually already my third try on "Anna Karenina". I started it first sometime during the summer of 2006, lost interest after app. 150 pages and started again one year later with another 50 something pages, just to lose interest again. This time I actually made some real progress and I'm just 40 pages short of finishing the first part. For those who don't know it: "Anna Karenina" is one real fat book with the story revolving around numerous characters of the Russian upper class. It mainly is about stuff like who marries whom, who has an affair etc. On top of it the book gives an insight to different theories about farming and politics of that time (end of 19th century). It is really hard to keep track who is connected to whom in what way. The complicated Russian names don't make it particularly easier and even the table of names at the beginning of the book doesn't really help. I'm pretty sure that it will take me ages to finsih that book especially with regard to the fact that I already found another far more intriguing book: "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. It's not on the list but I've read several reviews of it and it sounded really promising. I've read like 50 pages so far and I'm already captured by the story and the way it is told. But what with my final exams lurking in the near future I might to have cut down my reading-for-pleasure-time.

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