web analytics

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

The Aspern Papers

Author Henry James Title The Aspern Papers Year 1888 Henry James (1843-1916) was an American author and literary critic. He spent most of his life in Europe, and in 1915, at the end of his life, he became a British subject. Many of his novels deal with Americans in Europe, or with Europeans in America. The Aspern Papers is a short, suspenseful novel, with a surprising...

Learn More

The Woodlanders

Author Thomas Hardy Title The Woodlanders Year 1887 Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was an English poet and novelist. He regarded himself first and foremost as a poet, but the rest of the world find his novels superior to his poetry. Most of his novels are set in the non-existing county of Wessex in the southwest of England. The Woodlanders is the story of Grace, the only...

Learn More

Goya’s black paintings

Francisco de Goya Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of the greatest Spanish artists of all times. His work includes portraits, history (especially war) scenes, religious subjects, and cartoons. Goya has been the official court portrait painter and painted the portraits of Spanish royalty and nobility, but at the same time painted scenes from daily...

Learn More

Goya’s black paintings: Half-submerged dog

Artist Francisco Goya Title Half-submerged dog Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain This is the most enigmatic of all the black paintings. A dog, half submerged (quicksand? or is the dog just standing behind a rim?), gazing into emptiness, and nothing else. The whole painting emanates emptiness, a...

Learn More