Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Books from the BBC's 100-books list

During the time that my blog was offline, I managed to read a few more books from the BBC's 100 books list. Here's what I thought...

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
*sigh*. Reader, she married him!
I read this for a class I took on Victorian women's literature while I was studying abroad and absolutely loved it. I listened to it through the Craftlit podcast, which, as ever, was excellent. I'm also glad to report that the 2011 film adaptation is very much worth seeing; I watched it with my mum. Despite not having read the book, she totally understood it.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I read this during the hype for Go Set a Watchman and, I'm afraid, it continued the trend of my not really being enthused about Great American Novels. But at least I've read it now. I'm not particularly intending to read Go Set a Watchman, which shows how ambivalent I've felt about the original novel. I can appreciate why it's important, but I just didn't get it.

Middlemarch - George Eliot
Jeez, this is a doorstop of a novel. Again, I read this for the Victorian women's literature class I took. I found the prose incredibly dense and eminently put-downable. Eventually I gave up trying to read it off the page and downloaded a LibriVox recording which I listened to while knitting. Although this is an absolute tome, I'm glad I read it and I found it very thought-provoking. It makes lots of other literature make more sense (not least, The Casual Vacancy, which one reviewer called Mugglemarch!)

Persuasion - Jane Austen
This is another book that I listened to via Craftlit. Early on in my year abroad, I was feeling homesick, and I've been listening to Craftlit long enough that host Heather Ordover's voice helps in that scenario. So, I downloaded the episodes for Persuasion. Unfortunately, I can barely recall any of the novel's events 18 months or so after listening to it. I remember enjoying it, though, so I'm happy to reread it!

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
This was a more recent Craftlit book, which I listened to week-by-week as it was put out. It's a gorgeous story, and the Ang Lee movie adaptation from 1995 is a wonderful adaptation of it. Colonel Brandon!

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