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I started the year with W.Somerset Maugham's *The Painted Veil*, an amazing novel by him: has a really beautiful passage/dialogue on undeserving love...fantastic read.
I moved on too Evelyn Waugh's *Brideshead Revisited*, difficult and slow but worth every effort...
I was suggested to read Franz Kafka's *Metamorphosis*, which frankly I was apprehensive of because of my not-so-good experience at reading Kafka's *Trial*. But, surprisingly it was easier and much more interesting. I have to re-read it to digest this amazing work.
The next novel I read was Honore de Balzac's *Cousin Bette*, Balzac is a subtle moralist and an amazing artist describing the Parisian charms with all the flair.
I'm currently reading Kahlil Gibran's *The Secrets of Heart* and the next is W. Somerset Maugham's *The Moon and SixPence*.
I'd love to discuss any of these...
#3: Thank you! I haven't read On Human Bondage yet, I began with his Short Stories and they were fascinating. The problem with Maugham is that I find him difficult to begin, but once you step in you are immersed, completely.
Welcome to the group!
The movie is a condensation from a BBC TV mini-series of the same book title, Brideshead Revisited.
Waugh's fiction is a bit difficult to swallow as comparable to P G Wodehouse's humor style. I have yet to read Woodhouse's fictional character, Mister Jeeves.
Is Brideshead Revisted is as boring as most of British's dramatic novels ?
Patience & Perseverance are really needed for these very "dry" novels. Having the mood at the right time and place to read these novels. Must be tuned to the writing's style of these literary writers such as E Waugh, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie
The story is about coming of age.
Salman Rushdie also wrote the screenplay for the movie's version of Midnight's Children, his style of writing rather intricate, and you need a strong foundation of English vocalbulary. His language is strong in "expression" and very dramatic.
The movie's version was poorly done lacking the touch of "drama". I watched it on DVD format. I will give a poor rating of only 2 stars out of 5 stars. There are no links in the story lacking the continuity of
scenes where you are abled to follow through the story.
The movie should have starred by using some well-known Indian thespians with the smooth direction of the movie with a more experienced movie director( such as Ang Lee, Taiwanese. and also lacking "grips" in the show'
Director Ang Lee handled well with these kind of movie's setting with Eastern's influence,touch or background. He won an Oscar for Best Direction for the movie, Life of Pi with three other Oscar awards.
I had no idea about the screenplay, I find the movie-version of a book always a bit of a let down :/. Though in regards to the lack of drama in a movie made on Midnight's Children, it must have been such a disappointment.
#14 I didn't get around to reading Joseph Anton, it must be quite intriguing since Rushdie handles magic realism with perfect ease so can he abstain from fictionising the reality he faced would be interesting to analyse, right?
Thanks so much for correcting the mistake, I just began reading voss, I especially loved the dialogue between Laura and Voss on religion. And White's ruminations about life and love are scattered throughout.
What are you reading?
About to start Berlin Alexanderplatz, 1929 German classic that is meant to be awesome.
As for Patrick White I have also read The Tree of Man and A Fringe of Leaves, both fine reads.
Just noticed your Philip Roth question, I 've read The Human Stain and American Pastoral, both good reads, though some might find his writing a little confronting at times.
Thanks for the suggestions! I checked them out and they seem to be a part of a series, can they be understood by themselves too? I'm fascinated by the reviews of The Human Stain.
If you're curious about the Kelly Gang book, it's worth reading the Jerilderie Letter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerilderie_Letter) which is what Carey used as a style guide to his novel. And is worth a read on its own, I think.
What are you reading?
The Jerilderie Letter was fascinating to read! Thank you for the background. I know nothing about Australian Literature, this gave me a heads-up.