So I have been a bit out of the loop this week due to a busy schedule and well, just not being organized enough to blog. But. I happened to notice that there is a Literary Giveaway Blog Hop going on this week (see Leeswammes’ Blog for other participants). I’m too late to sign up to be on the list, but She added me to the list! I’ve decided I should take this opportunity to give something away! Maybe it will give more life and excitement into this blog, anyway.
I have two classics that I have second copies of, for one reason or another. Please note that each work is a gently used paperback, so if that is an issue, you may not want to sign up for the giveaway.
The giveaway is open to anyone I can ship a book too. It’s open from today until February 23. I’ll post the winner on this blog, and I’ll send an email. If there is no response within three days, I’ll select a different winner.
Note that to enter you need to tell me one or more of your favorite classics. I just want to add them to my list, that’s all….
The first book is My Antonia by Willa Cather, Penguin Classics. I have read and reread this book. I really like it. My thoughts on my latest reread here. Last weekend I picked up a hardcover of it at a used bookshop (don’t even ask how I’m doing at my book buying ban), so I’d love to pass on my paperback.
The second book is A Room with a View by E.M. Forester, Barnes and Noble Classics. I have not read this book, but somehow I have two copies of it! I’d love to pass the extra on to a reader.
To enter, please fill out the google form.
Giveaway is now over. Stay tuned for winners!
Passing by Nella Larsen (first published 1929) captures the conflicts that young African-American women face in 1920s America. Although solidly a part of the Harlem Renaissance in the ways it tackles racial issues, Passing also magnificently captures a young woman’s repressed sexuality.
The terms “passing” refers to a light-skinned African-American acting as white in order to gain the social opportunities otherwise denied them. Larsen describes three young light-skinned women who occasionally “pass” in 1920s society. The first is Irene, who married a black man and passes only when she’s away from family, such as when she wants to stop in a restaurant or hotel otherwise denied her. Clare, on the other hand, is the other extreme: she has married a racist white man and lives exclusively as a white woman. Gertrude remains in between the two cultures: she has married a white man, but he knows of her black heritage and accepts it. (more…)
This post may contain thematic spoilers of My Lady Ludlow.
Lady Ludlow is the representation of the old aristocracy in England. She is a conservative who does not want to allow the lower classes to gain an education or to gain “rights” in the post-Revolutionary years. Beyond those that are her servants, she essentially does not want to even associate with the lower classes. Yet, her role as a widowed, property-holding woman puts her in a unique position. As situations arise that call for both economic development and her personal compassion, she learns to adapt.
The long novella My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell is not a sample of a well-polished work. Yet, the characters and setting that Ms Gaskell introduce seem to me to be reminiscent of the other characters and themes I’ve read about in the other Gaskell novels I’ve read, and I did like some of the characters. (more…)
I finished Jane Austen’s Persuasion almost a month ago now, and I’ve been putting off writing my thoughts simply because I didn’t like it.
Before you attack me with incredulity, you should know that I read it in the midst of stressful and busy time of year, during a whirlwind trip to my grandmother’s funeral, and as I was also reading War and Peace in a rush. I honestly don’t think I was in the mood for Jane Austen at the time. I need to reread Persuasion, and will do so in a few months, before I read Mansfield Park.
Saying that, here are some comments on why Persuasion ddin’t work for me. I found some discussions questions online to respond to. This is not a “normal” post for me, but as I’ve said, I fully intend to reread Persuasion in a few months and give it another chance. I hope I can write a more “normal” post about it at that time.
This post contains spoilers of Persuasion. (more…)