Back to the classics

Marcel Proust

This summer I went though another failed attempt at reading Proust, I guess it might be too late for me at this stage. The sensitive boy and his “maman”, the small town and the old gossipy bedridden aunt, the bourgeois morality, it was all so deja vu, like my disappointing real life trip to Paris. Maybe winter will be a better season for reading Proust…

Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’ve always wanted to read something else by Hawthorne besides the surprisingly complex Scarlet Letter and I finally did with the Blithedale Romance. Once I got started I just couldn’t put down this strange story inspired by a real life utopian experimental community, very similar to the “back to basics” eco communities flowering all over the world nowadays. The unreliable narrator, the surprising conclusion, the still so relevant themes, the issue of femininity, of art vs. the physical world are some of the reasons that made reading a delight. Once again I was reminded where authors like Paul Auster spring from. Next on the list: The House of the Seven Gables…

Fenimore Cooper

Part of the project of recovering childhood classics, I’m reading some Cooper. So far it’s quite a drag, but interesting at the same time…

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