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War and peace

Posted by on 28 May 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 9 comments

War and peace

Author Leo Tolstoy Title War and peace Year 1865-1869 Original title Война и мир (Voyna i mir) Translation Oorlog en vrede, Dutch translation by René de Vries Yasnaya Polyana Leo Tolstoy (or Tolstoi) is considered one of the greatest novelists of all times, mainly because of his two masterpieces, War and peace and Anna Karenina. He was born in 1828 at the Yasnaya Polyana mansion in Central Russia, in an aristocratic family. He inherited the estate in 1847 and spent most of his life there. The mansion is now a museum dedicated to Tolstoy....

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Jorinde und Joringel

Posted by on 27 May 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 1 comment

Jorinde und Joringel

Author Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Title Jorinde und Joringel The Grimm brothers Jakob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) were two German professors working mostly in linguistics. They are best known, however, for their collection of folk tales and fairy tales. They collected German and French tales that were probably handed down orally for many generations, and published them. Once upon a time Es war einmal ein altes Schloß mitten in einem großen, dicken Wald, darinnen wohnte eine alte Frau ganz allein, das war eine Erzzauberin....

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Southern Reading Challenge

Posted by on 26 May 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 8 comments

Southern Reading Challenge

The challenge: Read three Southern books. The books must contain a Southern setting by a Southern author. The challenge is hosted by Maggie of Maggie reads. Maggie defined the Southern region with a helpful map (just for me, she told me). Apparently, “south” refers to the south-east (no, not the south) of the U.S. Why Virginia is “South”, and Tenessee even “Deep south”, while southern states like New Mexico and Arizona are not southern at all, will always be beyond me. The three Southern masterpieces I...

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A clean, well-lighted place

Posted by on 19 May 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 4 comments

A clean, well-lighted place

Author Ernest Hemingway Title A clean, well-lighted place Year 1926 Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was an American journalist, short story author and novelist. In the 1920s he became part of the American expatriate literary community in Paris (sometimes known as The lost generation). In the 1930s, he became war correspondent in Europe, first during the civil war in Spain (he actively supported the Republicans), and later the second world war. Hemingway was one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. He was awarded the Pulitzer...

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Crazy cozy classics challenge

Posted by on 30 Apr 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 7 comments

Crazy cozy classics challenge

Kathrin of Crazy Cozy Murders hosts another classics challenge: Read 3-5 classics between July 1 and November 30 (2007, I assume). My three choices: Crime and punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky For whom the bell tolls, by Ernest Hemingway Der Tod in Venedig, by Thomas...

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De dood van Vesta

Posted by on 20 Apr 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 5 comments

De dood van Vesta

Author Louis Couperus Title De dood van Vesta First published 1911 Louis Marie-Anne Couperus (1863-1923) was an important (and prolific) Dutch novelist. He travelled extensively and moved often. He lived in Holland, Dutch Indies, France, and Italy, but always considered his birth place The Hague his home town: Zoo ik iets ben, ben ik een Hagenaar, if I am anything at all, I am a Hagenaar (someone from The Hague). Several of his novels deal with former expatriates, returned from the Dutch Indies and now living in The Hague. De dood van Vesta...

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Le corbeau et le renard

Posted by on 3 Apr 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 7 comments

Le corbeau et le renard

Author Jean de La Fontaine Title Le corbeau et le renard Year 1668 Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) was the most important French poet of the 17th century. His main work was Fables choisies mises en vers (Selected fables set in verse), which appeared in 1668. Never trust a flatterer Le corbeau et le renard (The fox and the raven) is the second fable of the Fables choisies. It is based on an older fable by Aesop, The fox and the crow: A crow sits in a tree, holding a piece of cheese in his beak. A fox flatters the crow, telling him he is a...

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Once upon a time

Posted by on 31 Mar 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 9 comments

Once upon a time

Coming soon As part of the Once upon a time challenge (hosted on Stainless Steel Droppings), you can expect posts about the following masterpieces: The book of Thel, by William Blake. Jorinde und Joringel, from the Grimm collection. Le corbeau et le renard, by Jean de la Fontaine. De dood van Vesta, by Louis Couperus. A midsummer night’s dream, by William...

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2007 Winter Classics Challenge

Posted by on 3 Mar 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 1 comment

2007 Winter Classics Challenge

In December, I announced my participation in the 2007 winter classics challenge hosted by booklogged. The challenge was to read five classics during January and February 2007. Except for a few chapters of The Woodlanders, I ended up reading all during the last three weeks of February, finishing the fifth on the very last day of the challenge. The books I read: The Woodlanders, a novel by Thomas Hardy. See the separate post about this book. The Aspern Papers, a short novel by Henry James. See the separate post about this book. A Room With A...

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A room with a view

Posted by on 2 Mar 2007 in Literature, Masterpieces | 0 comments

A room with a view

Author E.M. Forster Title A Room with a View Year 1908 Edward Morgan Forster (1879 – 1970) was an English novelist. He completed only six novels, all written between 1905 and 1924. His best known works are A Passage to India and Howards End. A Room with a View follows the development of Lucy Honeychurch. When the novel starts she is a young, naive, insecure girl, anxious to follow the conventions of society. During her travels through Italy she learns to think for herself and choose her own path through life. The central theme of this book is...

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