One of the greatest pleasures I experience daily is the pleasure I gain from reading books, especially classic novels. I read plenty of other material, too, including non-fiction, news, reports of legal cases, etc. But the simplest, best value ongoing, unceasing pleasure is from listening to and reading novels, especially those considered to be ‘classics’.… Continue reading My simple, unceasing daily pleasure
I am reading “War and Peace” by Tolstoy at the moment. It is my second time around and I want to derive the most enjoyment as the first time I read it was a bit of an endurance test. As an aide-memoire to myself I want to set out the main characters here so I… Continue reading War and Peace-the main characters
I am reading “War and Peace” at the moment and listening to “The Brothers Karamazov” on audiobook. And it is hard to believe that a country like Russia can produce such men as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy and then give us the sneering, psychopath Putin some 200 years later. The sensitivity of Dostoevsky’s writing,… Continue reading How did Russia give us Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and then Putin?
I have read a large number of the classic books over the last few years. I cannot remember when I started on the project and I cannot define a ‘classic’ book, either. And I am rereading many of them now. Last week I finished Madame Bovary again and now I am reading The Brothers Karamazov.… Continue reading Interested in classic fiction books? This YouTube channel is a gem