Another challenge check-in and another challenge going along well. My, it’s nice to get these check-ins on near completed challenges instead of the ones I’m struggling through. My challenge goal was to read three Russian novels and so far I have read three, so my challenge, theoretically is complete.
Both Eugene Onegin and Doctor Zhivago were re-reads. I think I’m becoming a re-read advocate because each book that I’ve re-read has given me such a deeper understanding of the work, which, of course, increases my appreciation of it. This quote pretty much sums up my experience:
“In truly good writing no matter how many times you read it you do not know how it is done. That is beacause there is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dis-sect out. It continues and it is always valid. Each time you re-read you see or learn something new.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
|Palace Square in winter
But, of course, I’m not done; I’m going to continue with the challenge. At least before the end of the year I have Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev planned and in the summer I want to read Russian Thinkers by Isaiah Berlin. The latter would count as a book for this challenge too ……. wouldn’t it ……????
Does anyone have any other suggestions of Russian books that I simply must read? Any suggestions are welcome!