Thoughts on “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas (Audiobook)

I bought myself a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo many years ago. I have no idea why I did so. (Turns out it was one of those sneaky abridged versions that doesn’t state anywhere obvious that half the book has been cut out, but that is beside the point.) As I clearly haven’t […]

Thoughts on “The Baron in the Trees” by Italo Calvino

The Baron in the Trees is the first book I read from my Classics Club list, as chosen for me by the recent spin. The version I read was translated by Archibald Colquhoun. I’d previously read (and been rather bemused and charmed by) If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Calvino (which I never […]

CRP: “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Audiobook)

The Classics Reclamation Project is my personal challenge to read and enjoy the classics. I came across One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (whose name I can almost spell now without looking it up) while perusing my library’s downloadable audiobooks. It was a classic, it was narrated by Frank Muller […]

Reading Buddies Wrap-Up: “The Appointment” by Herta Müller

Welcome to the wrap-up for Herta Müller’s The Appointment, the first of March’s two Reading Buddies books. This post shall include spoilers, starting with the next paragraph; if you want to avoid them, or if you’d like more background on Herta Müller and the book, please check out my first post about The Appointment. If […]

Reading Buddies Discussion: “The Appointment” by Herta Müller

When Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize in 2009, I was rather ashamed to say I’d never heard of her, even though at that point I’d been working in a bookstore for two years. She immediately went onto my TBR list, and when I came across a copy of The Appointment at a recent library […]