Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A Literary Quartet
I've been tagged by the friendly fellow libran, Rob, of Inukshuk
Adventure for a literary quartet! This one is short, fun and easy.
Here's the scoop.
List the following:
(a) Fiction book
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre
Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words
Fiction book. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak is one novel from
the last century that is a must read. It's rich and beautiful. Pasternak's
poetic passages are a joy, even translated. I can't imagine how lovely
the book would be in its native language.
Autobiography. Three little books come to mind here. Helene Hanff's
Q's Legacy, 84 Charing Cross Road, and The Duchess of
Bloomsbury Street are three in a series of memoirs of a writer and
her love affair with books. They are charming, intelligent and funny. A
must read for bibliophiles.
Non-fiction. Song Without Words, The Photographs & Diaries
of Countess Sophia Tolstoy, by Leah Bendavid-Val is an insightful
look at the personal life and thoughts of the wife of Leo Tolstoy, an
artist in her own right, in the social upheaval of pre-revolutionary
Russia. This might not be an absolute essential, but I was fascinated
by her incredibly heartfelt diary passages, as well as her photography,
which was state of the art in her day.
Book of my choice. Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
This wonderful anthology of her finest works would be my desert island
book. I have to have her near me.
Okey dokey, I'm tagging this bloggy quartet: Bill, Charmaine,
French Fancy, Phil and any of you out there who would enjoy this
meme. The instructions were for me to pick four, but please feel free
to jump on in!! This one is fun!