Reading out of duty
Posted 04 May 2009 - 10:32 PM
I think I'd put Housekeeping on my list of lasting books, but I found Home and Gilead nowhere near as exciting.
Posted 04 May 2009 - 10:37 PM
Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:17 AM
Agreed. Housekeeping is a classic already, but Gilead put me to sleep and I can only attribute the hosannas it received from critics as a "welcome back, don't go away" message to Robinson. Never got around to Home.
That's a good question. I'm not sure.
Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:55 PM
Adore this book. Hardy is always sublime. Like the movie too.
Glad you mentioned this, because Faulkner is as de rigueur as possible, I've read maybe 15 of them, and they are all breathtaking, even the first 'less mature' ones like 'The Unvanquished'. But the BEST i've read are 'Absalom! Absalom!' and 'Light in August', as well as the Snopes trilogy, The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion (the last has one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful moments in all literature, for me.) But I have NOT read this one, nor 'The Reivers', nor 'A Fable' (tried that one, liked it less than other Faulkner, and may not retry, don't know.)
Love this, too, you've got a good list of must-reads going.
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