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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Current Mind Mints

Well, I have finally finshed:




834010: Bleak HouseBleak House
By Charles Dickens, Stephen Gill / Oxford University Press

 


What a colossal work! It took me quite a while to get into it, plodding through the maze that is sometimes Dickens' descriptive writing, but it was worth it! What a bunch of twists and turns and ultimately, a really interesting story. I now look forward to viewing the mini-series version. That is a reward I try to reserve for myself for accomplishing any work I read that has a corresponding movie verstion. :+) It also helps me finish a title I at first wondered why I bought. I would love to know the word count of this book. I feel as though I read an encyclopedia were I to know the real number. :+) 


 


I also finished, as much as I could,  Created to Be His Helpmeet, but my feelings are so contradictory on it that I don't wish to discuss it much, and I do not really want to get into any discussion about it in the comments---pro or con. You are welcome to email me if you have any thoughts on the matter yourself. Suffice it to say that while I learned some wonderful truths in it, there was so much that troubled me that I can not recommend it.


 


Now, I am upwards and onwards to one of my favorite works of fiction, and one in which I have reversed the Order of Things as They Ought to Be. I own and really enjoy Elizabeth Gaskell's, Wives and Daughters, in DVD format.  I am breaking tradition and reading the book after the movie. I would not even have known of Mrs. Gaskell were it not for the movie and now there are many Gaskell works I am itching to read! So, there you have what is on the plate for late-night reading. And let me tell you this book is a WHOLE lot easier and much more enjoyable than Mr. Dickens'! No offense, old man, no offense. To be sure!


 

7 comments:

HeidiHomeschools said...

What a great idea~ treating yourself to the movie version AFTER you have read the book. I have Ashley reading "Tuck Everlasting" as her fantasy genre (for that Genre Journeys that I reviewed for you)~ anyway, I promised her the movie AFTER she reads the book (we did see it before, but don't own it).

Thanks for sharing what's on your nightstand! That is my time to read too~ after everyone else is in bed!

Happy reading tonight,

Heidi

ServingHim said...

I just started "Bleak House" today! I have never read Dickens before so I know it is going to be a challenge. This is part of my "growing old" strategy to keep my mind fresh :-).


You will love Wives and Daughters. After you have finished that, read her novel "North and South" and see the DVD. This is NOT the mini-series that was on ages ago but another one based one the work written by Elizabeth Gaskell. I liked it even better than "Wives and Daughters".

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Elaine <><

UndertheSky said...

*Do* persevere with Bleak House! It will seem very bleak for quite a while, but it gets better and things start to make sense! I was even sad when it ended--so that must say something! :+)


I have seen the North and South series you are referring to and it was wonderful. I cannot wait to read it, but Wives and Daughters, after owning the DVD for years, was just calling my name. :+)


Warmly,

Kate

UndertheSky said...

I have seen Tuck Everlasting. It was interesting and it made me curious about the book. :+) You will have to tell me how that was! I liked the story, but was glad it was just a story. I think most people think eternal youth would be wonderful, but I am glad I age and will some day be with my Savior!


Warmly,

Kate

mamma1420 said...

I also put it on my desert island list, figuring I would definitely have time to get through it there! LOL. I'm reading Created to be his Help Meet right now. I've had to put it down and do the dance of continue to read? or stop here? Although I can see where they are coming from, I'm not sure I like it or agree with it. As in any book, there is a lot of good with the questionable. I pray that women who read books like these use discernment and God's guidance. Although we're not discussing details, it was encouraging to read that you had issues too.


Trusting in Him,

Jessica

mamma1420 said...

I was talking about Bleak House being on my list of reading goals and desert island read! Kate, you might be interested in the Great Books Reading Partnership, at ClassicalMamma


We're currently reading The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Bauer, but we'll be starting Gilgamesh next month.


Jessica

UndertheSky said...

Yes, that is about as far as I wish to go in the comments about CTBHHM. :+) I appreciate your thoughts and am rather glad I am not alone in them.


Yes, Bleak House is not for the faint of heart! I can understand your desert island comment! I think had I known *anything* about it before I opened it, I might not have actually read it. However, with all that said, I really am very glad I did. I really have tremendous respect for Dickens' writing ability, however long in pen he gets!


I think I knew about that group, but am so darn picky that I didn't join. I didn't really want to read the WEM because I would much rather read Gaskell. (Grin!)


Warmly,

Kate