Tuesday, April 10, 2018
George Eliot's Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life is widely considered to be the greatest British novel. I can certainly agree with the sentiment. While the characters often make incredibly stupid or selfish decisions, they are generally very rich and compelling. The novel portrays a fairly small rural English town through the lens of four separate story lines and has a sprawling cast of characters. At times, it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but if you can, you will find that they each have a distinct voice.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
As morbid as it was, I greatly enjoyed The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, so I decided to try another book by Erik Larson that my mom recommended. My next book was In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. One thing Larson doesn't excel at is coming up with succinct titles. As you can probably gather from the title, it recounts the experiences of an American family living in Berlin during Hitler's rise to power. More specifically it's about the family of William Dodd, the incredibly unlikely American ambassador during one of the most crucial periods in the history of US-German relations. I would highly recommend it.