Friday, January 31, 2014

Book a week challenge

I'm going to try reading a book each week this year. It hadn't occurred to me to do this in time for New Year's, so I'll start part way through January.

Here's the first month.

Week 1 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Interesting read, very 1984 and has lots of women's issues, so much so that I struggle to picture a man reading it.

Week 2 - Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.

The strongest girl in the whole world. I found it surprising that the language was very simple and plain, such a fantastical girl surely deserves a fantastical description but everything is left to the kids' imagination. I really had to engage mine in order to enjoy it.

Week 3 - The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

This is something I would not have picked myself but a friend lent it to me. There isn't much of a story but it is interesting to see what people's lives and social interactions were like in the late 1800s, early 1900s. There are plenty of famous names (artists/painters/politicians) mentioned in this book.

Week 4 - Karlsson on the Roof  by Astrid Lindgren.

This is a Russian favourite. A couple of the stories/chapters were turned into animated cartoons in the 1968 and 1970 which led to the increase of popularity of Karlsson in Russia. I was under the impression that more stories had been turned into cartoons but while reading the book I've figured out that I must have just imagined that while mum was reading the book to me.

In the Russian interpretation, Karlsson is a happy mischievous character, but in the original, he is a bit more irresponsible and unconcerned with the effects his actions have on others.

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