How are you today? I wanted to review three books that I’ve read recently for yous, because they deserve some credit!
Books I’m reviewing today:
- The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
- Miss Buncle Married – Dorothy Emily Stevenson
- The town – William Faulkner
The Kreutzer Sonata
This novel was published in 1889; a very long time ago. That is why I was able to read through this novel and all the narrow minded opinions it expressed. This mind set is of knowing it was published many moons ago, is what allowed me to really enjoy this book. Otherwise, it would have been a very painful read.
I picked this novel up by chance. I recognized the author and anticipated it would be an okay read, but other than that I was flying ‘blind’.
Pozdnyshev is telling the story of what led him to murder his wife to a fellow passenger. This book is about the jealous rage this man felt towards his wife, and the events that led him up to killing her. It talks about the hatred him and his wife portrayed towards each other, and the demons that pozdnyshev is fighting mentally.
It’s philosophical fiction, and is written SO incredibly well. The opinions that Pozdnyshev had, were sometimes difficult to read. Discussing how woman use their beauty to a man’s disadvantage, manipulating them, using them. ETC. Most of the opinions Tolstoy demonstrated in this novel are ones that would typically rage me as a female. BUT it dates back to the 1800s, and was written so well. I had to finish it; I could not put it down and be left wondering!
I would 7/10 recommend this novel. I really did enjoy it for the most part. It’s less then 150 pages long making it a nice short read!
Miss Buncle Married
Miss Buncle (Barbara) and Mr Abbott begin to settle in their new roles as husband and wife. To escape the endless parties and bridge with their friends, they move to the country and start a new life. On fluke, when she meets at the lawyers office to discuss their new home, Barbara is mistaken for a local noblewoman and is given a draft of said lady’s will, and reads it. This information is important because it is brought back to her attention later on, when the ‘soon to be heiress’ and Barbara’s nephew become romantically involved.
First off, I just want to mention that this book was written as a sequel. I actually never read the first book, and still was able to enjoy this second book ‘Miss Buncle Married’, with no issues!
Now, where do I even begin? Besides the fact that I could not put this book down… seriously. Every chance I had, I was picking up this book so I could read on.
Dorothy Emily Stevenson was a best selling Scottish author and had unremarkable talent.
The story line is exciting, entertaining, and so intriguing. She made the roles of husband and wife and the challenges they face every day, SO fascinating. The role of Miss Buncle is an elegant lady, with a fierce personality and an ‘I can so I will” attitude.
10/10 most definitely recommend. A book that is hard to even review because it was just such a great novel all around. And hard cover — love that as well!
This novel was written by William Faulkner and was published back in 1957.
Each chapter is narrated from the point of view of one of three characters: Chick Mallison, Gavin Stevens, or V.K. Ratliff. Which was the first thing that I disliked about this novel. I know William Faulkner is an incredible author, and he has beautiful work. But I had the most horrendous time trying to figure out who was saying what, what was being said and WHY. By the time I caught myself up and figured out the story line, I was lost again.
I believe that I’m honestly not intelligent enough in regards to literature, to be able to make sense of this story to really TRULY enjoy it. That’s the honest to god truth, it has nothing to do with the book itself.
This book is one of the originals that I was able to read from my Library. How cool, right?
Thank you guys so much for sticking it through and reading my book reviews today. I really enjoy doing these for you guys as reading is such a passion of mine. It’s so fun to share this interest of mine with so many other people. I feel so fortunate to have so much literature available all around me!
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