Monday, August 13, 2007
Oh what to read?! What to read, he muttered nervously
I'm having a hard time finding the next book. The beginning of the school year is approaching like a freight train. I need to escape just a little more. The Savage Detectives strikes me as adolescent and irritating. The Idiot is, well, it's Dostoevsky and either you're in the mood or you're not. I read through some stories of Edith Templeton, Mavis Gallant and Lorrie Moore - no dice. I am liking The Children of the Arbat, an epic novel set in Russian during the time of Stalin's brutal rule, but escapist it is not.
After reading Christopher Hitchens' review of the last volume of Harry Potter and this morning's Elegant Variation, I took His Dark Materials off the shelf and stuck it by my bed for a rereading. It sounds like just the thing.