Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Reading challenge books 4 & 5

Challenge: Read a book originally written in another language.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (translated from Italian)

A surreal set of short chapters about Marco Polo describing different cities (or the same city) to the emperor Kubla Khan. The writing ranges from beautiful to creepy, with a few off-color references.

Challenge: Read a classic romance.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

It was really fun to read an Austen book I'd never read before. Even better, I had never heard anything about the plot at all, so it was all completely fresh. I had heard the name of the main character, Fanny Price. The book is about how she goes to live with her rich uncle and aunt, where she's treated as an inferior, and what happens when an unprincipled young man decides to woo her.

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