Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Summer Project

In the summers I like to take on a classic as my reading project--either one I've never read, or one I haven't read in years. Last summer it was Anna Karenina, which I loved getting lost in. I had forgotten how much I had originally liked the other characters (meaning everyone besides Anna and Vronsky), especially the novel's real protagonist, Levin, and Kitty, Dolly and Stiva.

So...this summer. I've read lots of Trollope, so I don't think I'll do that. I was thinking of Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, or maybe Eliot's Middlemarch. So, help me pick a classic for the summer. Read it too. We'll talk.

4 comments:

Robin said...

Gentle Reader, have you chosen your summer project yet? I love George Eliot, everything she's written, so that gets my vote for a leisurely read! But whichever you choose...it's a great idea for summer reading!

Gentle Reader said...

Robin, I haven't chosen it yet, but I was thinking of re-reading Middlemarch, or tackling Daniel Deronda. Both Mill on the Floss and Adam Bede sound so sad, I don't know if I can go there...
What do you think?

Robin said...

Yes, they're both sad, but beautiful. I loved them both. I've never read Daniel Deronda, but have that lovely Penguin edition on my shelf. I just think you can't go wrong with a George Eliot!

Gentle Reader said...

I'm leaning toward a George Eliot two-fer, an Eliot-fest, as it were. I think what I'll do is reread Middlemarch AND read another one. And not some slim little thing like Silas Marner, either. I think I'll read Daniel Deronda, too. Maybe I'll find the Penguin edition, if it's lovely...