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Because I enjoyed this challenge so much in 2012, I'm going to repeat it for 2013. I think my choices are better this year. So pleased to date. Here goes:
I will be reading a book that fits into your Land of the Midnight Sun category. It's The Saga of Gosta Berling, and one reviewer called it "the Gone With the Wind of Sweden." But first I'm reading the short novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Sparks, because Maggie Smith, the British actress who appears as Lady Violet in the PBS series, Downton Abbey, has seized my attention presently. It was she who brought Miss Jean Brodie "alive" from the pages of Sparks' book onto the motion picture screen, many years ago.
Late April: I recently read The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, so I guess that would qualify for the "Europa" category of the World Lit Challenge (Lite) for 2013. And after I read the book, I read the Cliff Notes for it, and that was a good idea, for it amplified some of the ideas that occurred to me while reading the book.
Next up was To The LIghthouse, by Virginia Woolf. I discovered that Dostoyevsky and Woolf were both 'psychological' authors, showing the reader the thoughts and feelings of the characters in their novels.
Now I am reading Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and finding it very readable despite its mid-nineteenth century style, and the dialogue, much of which is in an old-fashioned Southern dialect (among the Negro slaves).
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