this list of "new modern classics with you. What do you think?
Of the 15 books on this list, I have read 1. One. The Life of Pi, which I liked very much, but I still can't figure out how they made it into a movie. I need to see that. (I couldn't figure out how Oprah could make The Color Purple into a movie, either, but I'm glad she did.)
Three of them (The Corrections, Middlesex and Gilead) have been on my reading lists for several years. One of them (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) was on my amazon.com wish list so long it changed price four times.
And I was warned not to read The Road. So I haven't.
Anyway. On to what I have read this month.
Yeowch. This is a short novel, but packed with full characterizations and tense plot devices. It's all about a couple who are about to have sex for the very first time on their wedding night. Intrigued? I'll just leave it at that, but just know that it is a painful book to read, emotionally.
Still not a Hemingway fan, though.
I did another re-read P&P, after watching two versions of it on TV -- one was an 1980 BBC series that reminded me of the CBS Children's Film Festival episodes that we would watch at Grandma Hunley's on Sunday afternoons. Yawn.
The other was the Keira Knightly/Matthew MacFadyen film from 2006. Nice. Brenda Blethyn is a great Mrs. Bennet, and I have a little tiny thing for Donald Sutherland, who plays her suffering husband.
But if you want to watch P&P, your best bet is to find a copy of the 1995 BBC series, starring Colin Firth as the very best Mr. Darcy. Ever.
For April, I've started reading The Good House by Ann Leary and listening to Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Oh my. Go get these.