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Thursday, 3 September 2009

So many books, so little time...

time JM Pictures, Images and Photos

Here, leaving my favourite books aside for one moment, I wanted to blog about the books that everyone says they've read, but hardly anyone has...

Proust Pictures, Images and Photos

A la recherche du temps perdu, by Proust. I've followed in Proust's footsteps. I've dipped a Madeleine cake in a cup of tea, and I've stayed in an apartment in les Roches Noirs in Trouville, a hotel which Proust stayed in during his holidays in Normandy, and which Monet painted beautifully. But I haven't read his novel, neither in French nor in English. But I tried. Once!

garde fou trouville Pictures, Images and Photos

War & Peace war is expensive Pictures, Images and Photos

That's two. Are there any you can add to the list, mes bloggy mischief-makers?!

Time Travellers Wife Pictures, Images and Photos

Back to my reading list, I loved The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003), even though it took me two goes to read it. And I wonder how they will succeed with the film of the novel, and I'll bet it fails to do justice to it, as most movies do...

13 comments:

Diane said...

I'm thinking I probably don't want to see the movie, as I liked the book so much. I hate when they ruin it completely! xo

Jan said...

I haven't seen the movie, yet. But I have finished her new book, Her Fearful Symmetry, to be released soon. It was very different, and I loved it, too.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

I think I'd like to read "The Time Traveler's Wife". I generally enjoy the book more than the movie. I think I create a movie in my head as I read.
... and speaking of movies, I saw "Julie & Julia" on Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed Meryl Streep's portrayal of Julia Child. It turns out the girl, Julie, is from Texas & her part of the story was a hoot! Maybe you have to live in Texas to enjoy her part so much!

lakeviewer said...

Your choices are too long-except for Time Traveler's Wife-for most people.

Who has the time?

AmyK said...

You're right. I haven't read either of the others. I did read The time Traveler's Wife. I liked the movie. I thought the treatment of certain aspects were handled well. ( I don't want to give anything away. ) Go see it.

The only movie I liked better than the book was Cold Mountain. Hated the book. Loved the movie.

Jan said...

I didn't read War and peace but I did read Cancer Ward which was hard going . Not sure about Time Travellers Wife. May pick it up at some point. I read on the bus to and from work - an hours journey - so get through quite a few books.

Alan Burnett said...

No, not read any of 'em although I know a girl who always answers "Proust" when asked what she is reading in order to deflect any further conversation on the subject.

Cynthia said...

Ms. Fhina, Ah Proust...so difficult...so important...but not more so than The Woman...we always have ambitions but then you already are complete in so many other ways. May you have a lovely day...did you write about your vacation? <3

French Fancy said...

sad but true - I've read War and Peace not once but twice - I wanted to compare two different translations (and it wasn't even for my studies - just pleasure)

Protege said...

I have to admit that I have read none of these books. Somehow I find difficult to find the time to read these days.
xo

Derrick said...

Hello Fhina,

There are so many books we 'ought' to read but some require such a greater depth of understanding and/or breadth of experience before we could appreciate them. Perhaps we should be more willing to repay the amount of effort expended by the authors!

carma said...

I am one of the few to never have lied about reading those books. I can, in fact, say that I haven't ;-)

Pinkerbell said...

Oooo - I've got the Time Traveller's Wife to read. I wanted to read it before the film came out, but that's a very high hope! I shall come back to compare notes when I ever do finish (actually start) it!

I've also got A Picture of Dorian Gray (by Oscar Wilde) to read as there is a film of that coming out too.

I suppose it's a bit sacriligious to the pure book type to be thinking about the film version, but I found that I enjoyed watching Atonement so much when I'd read the book first, I understood the plot I saw, the extra plot which wasn't included and I could say clever things about whether it was true to the book or not.

Good luck with it. Just remember that not every book suits everyone, it's like perfume smells different on everybody, some books will fit and some won't but if we force it we won't enjoy reading.

I've put a Graham Greene book back on the shelf - he's not for me and I don't care.

Something I wrote earlier...

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