Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another one hard fought

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" border="0" src="" /></a><a href="">The Tenant of Wildfell Hall</a> by <a href="">Anne Brontë</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">3 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I liked the second half of this book much more than the first half, but I don't know that it saved the experience as a whole for me.  I found the beginning to be tedious both in topic and trying to track the various characters.  However, once the story picked up and got beyond the various gatherings of people, I did enjoy it.  I usually don't like flashbacks, but I felt that the flashback to look at Helen's development was very well handled and that was the point where I started to believe that I could make it through this book.  I am glad I read it, as it is another one off the 1001 Book List, but I don't believe that I would choose to read it again.
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Not sure why the formatting provided by Goodreads isn't working anymore, so I apologize for the gobbledy gook.  I will do some research and hope to straighten it out.

Playing Catch up

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Crime and Punishment  " border="0" src="" /></a><a href="">Crime and Punishment</a> by <a href="">Fyodor Dostoyevsky</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I really enjoyed this book as I am used to Russian Literature, having minored in it in college, and as a psychological study of sorts (as that was my major).  I took it in small doses, but as a whole really enjoyed it.  As is common in Russian Literature (and probably not exclusively so) I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters especially as the pet names are used interchangeably with the formal names, but overall I found that I did enjoy this book and I am glad that I read it.
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P.S. - I actually finished this book back in January, lol.  Where has 2012 gone?!?