The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric (and Giveaway)

My grandfather was born in Hreljin in 1923, when it was Yugoslavia and in what is now Croatia. When I heard about Yugoslavian Ivo Andric’s 1945 novel The Bridge on the Drina, I had hoped for a glimpse of what life was like in my ancestor’s homeland during a tumultuous time. Although my grandfather’s home town is far from the Bosnia-Serbia border on which this novel takes place, it was still an interesting look at the complex history of the Balkans. I did not really enjoy reading the book, but it was somewhat interesting.Continue Reading

BBAW Giveaway: The Portrait of a Lady

It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week and I really appreciate you! Thanks for reading and appreciating the classics with me!

For this giveaway, I am sending a gently used book  from my shelf (a double copy), and I will send it anywhere in the world.

The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James is often considered Henry James greatest work. To be honest, I haven’t read it yet! But I plan on reading it for my Classics Reading Group in two months, so I’m looking forward to this “essential American novel.”

Do you want a lightly used, mark-free, mass market paperback copy for your own shelves? The cover of the copy I’m giving away is shown above.

Giveaway ended.

Rules for this giveaway:

Because this is for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, you must have a book blog to enter this giveaway. This is to show book bloggers I appreciate you!

Other than that, I do ask if you are a subscriber or have visited Rebecca Reads before. Although I’d love for all of you to subscribe, it will not affect the giveaway, I just want to know.

The giveaway will close on Monday, September 19, 2011. Giveaway ended. I will email the winner.

Good luck!


Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Brief Thoughts + Giveaway)

Thornton Wilder’s sparse and simple play Our Town was first produced during the Great Depression (1938). In a set without any scenery beyond chairs and tables and in three short acts, Thornton Wilder creates an intimacy with the characters. This is probably due to the familiarity of the subject: life, love, and death in a small town. As an audience participant (or, in my case, a reader), I felt I became a part of the small town’s happenings, and the encouragement to enjoy the simplicity of life, the magic of love, and the reality of challenges becomes a poignant emotional journey. Continue Reading