So today I shopped at a cute little store that sells all kinds of knickknacks, from antique jewellery to collector cards and books. And of course I came home with…..books. I’m pretty sure I promised myself no more books until I read all the ones I own already…. So I get a fail in that department, but… I also get three new old and lovely books:
Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:
“Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as ‘flawless’, Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society…. While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking qualities of Tolstoy’s writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice.”
“Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes….Industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch….Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles, Shirley (1849) is an unsentimental, yet passionate depiction of conflict between classes, sexes and generations.”
“When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand’s daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.”
I know it’s become a bit cliché, but I really did believe as a kid that I could smell a good book. I would pull random books from the school library shelves, and fan the pages and breathe in deeply to get the scent, and from there I would decide what to sign out.
These books smell delicious and I am grateful for the opportunity to read them 🙂
*Gifs of Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, the bestest TV show in the world (aside from Buffy)