July 11, 2004

My gal Anna.

It took just under a week to read Anna Karenina, in all it's 800+ page glory. It was a fantastic page turner! I was an addict! I even read the explanatory notes the entire way through. It was that good. (Of course, I'm a sucker for explanatory notes. Pure catnip!)

...Except for those extensive arguments about the zemstva. I'm not that interested in local Russian government of the late 19th century or peasant farm workers, but really. Yawn. It almost made me want to hop into a time machine and clue Tolstoy in on what was going to happen with the worker class after World War I just to make him stop. However, his references to communism and other new philosophies suggested that maybe he had a good idea of the future. That said, it really does deserve high rank on the "best novels ever" list.

Anyway, I'm having a red letter week here. After I read Anna, I picked up a Jennifer Crusie to relax a little, and what do you know, the main character cheats on her husband.

And then the informal book club chain letter that's been going around finally worked it's magic, and when I opened up my mailbox this afternoon I found Kate Chopin's Awakening. Hot dog. I'm guessing from the intro and the jacket that fair Edna strays.

Maybe I'll read Madame Bovary next.

On second thought, maybe I'll just rename the blog "All Julie Ever Does Is Read and Then Report Her Findings." A one-sided book club. Sounds about right.

Posted by Julie Young at July 11, 2004 12:51 AM
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Hey, I'll still be reading your findings. I trust your recommendations way more than the creepy guy at my local Waldenbooks that seems to think he knows everyone's taste so well. He followed me around last time trying to get me to read sci-fi.

Posted by: Donna R. Hibbs at July 11, 2004 05:16 PM

Okay, this straw breaks the proverbial back. You clearly need to go to graduate school, Julie Young, where you can earn an MA or PhD for being part of a "book club" and maybe even get a job afterward that will pay you to read 800 page novels for the rest of your life. There are probably only about 10 newly graduated English majors on the planet reading Anna Karenina for kicks over summer break right now, and 8 of them are Russian. But seriously: if you ever need a rec letter for graduate school, I'd jump at the chance to write one for you.
Harrassing you from beyond -- Dr. Mike Arnzen

Posted by: Mike Arnzen at July 12, 2004 05:58 PM

Ditto.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at July 13, 2004 12:37 AM
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