Been a while since I did this particular meme and, as I’m tackling a couple books right now I thought I’d share! If you want to participate in this fun little meme just head on over to Bookjourney’s page and sign up!
First, as part of a challenge I’m now thinking of as absurd a friend and I are now reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence.
The book, should you not know about it, is ultimately a treatise for people to look beyond the societal appropriate in the confines of their relationships. That is to say that sex is a mere act one simply has upon occasion, but that it ultimately does not matter. I’m about halfway through this gem and am intrigued by the very subtle commentary Lawrence seems to be making. Very glad to be reading this at long last. [Oh, and there’s sex abound in this book, but I daresay it’s more evocative and far less vulgar than the romances of present day.] As a matter of some interest (don’t ask me who’s interest): I had no idea there was a movie made of this work. All this time, luddite that I am, I had no idea so many classics were made into film.
And because I succumbed to the hype I managed to take Jonathan Franzen’s masterpiece newest book from the library: Freedom.
I have yet to ascertain what “freedom” has to do with this work, but I can say it’s a character driven work focusing upon a stay at home mother, Patty Beglund; a lawyer with a love of nature, Walter Beglund (also Patty’s husband); and the former room mate of Walter, also crush of Patty’s, a musician named Richard Katz. The work thus far seems to be about the entirety of these people’s lives giving us a “then and now” perspective while using certain political ideologies as buzzwords either in chapter titles or superficial rhetoric the reminds me of what Niffenegger did in Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s really hard for me to keep positive about this work. While I am not finished with it I can honestly say it feels trite and a way of making everything in life feel so. The rest I’ll keep for my review, but at about 150 pages in this book makes me tremendously sad in that Franzen is being proclaimed by the media as a “literary genius of this generation”. Very sad indeed.
That’s all for now! Have a few fun posts scheduled for the next couple of weeks (well, I will once I write them) out of the need of taking a break from the more cerebrally intensive stuff I’ve been drawn to of late.
Now, of course, I really want to know: What are YOU reading?