This week I was going to post what I learned from my vacation to Northern California, but in the aftermath of storm Sandy writing about a vacation seems inappropriate.
My brother lives in NYC. Here is a picture he took of the west village from his apartment window immediately after the storm. If you look closely you can see the dark buildings in the background. How eerie it must have been:
I didn't hear from him again until Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. when he emailed to say, "Just walked north twenty blocks and charging phone at an ATM. They think the power will take a few days to a week."
On Wednesday he went to Brooklyn and spent the rest of the week with friends. His power was restored Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m. It took 12 hours for his apartment to reheat. The building where he works will be open tomorrow, but will not have heat until Wednesday. Today he was supposed to have run in the NYC marathon; he is not too upset that the race has been canceled though since he injured his knee a couple of weeks ago. Instead he is staying inside and is reading Daniel J. Boorstin's book The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination:
He is enjoying the book, but at 832 pages it is a daunting read.
Speaking of daunting reads, I have decided to join a read-a-long of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Bleak House hosted by Jenny (Jenny Love to Read) and Trish (Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity).
I've been meaning to read one of Charles Dickens' books for some time, so when Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness mentioned she was participating in the read-a-long I decided to join as well. In the past I've found it easier to read a classic novel as part of a book club or on-line discussion group. According to the book's jacket the novel is about:
The injustices of the out-of-date English legal system, which bring misery and ruin to the characters involved in settling the distribution of the Jarndyse estate. The other great theme of the novel is that of hypocritical philanthropists-portrayed here in the character of Mrs. Jellby-who bestow charity on distant lands at the expense of family and neighbours.I also spotted Bleak House on Flavorwire's An Essential Stormy Weather Reading List where they wrote:
Bleak House begins with the weather: “Implacable November weather” with a dense fog everywhere. Not only this, but mud and drizzle and flakes of soot “as big as full-grown snow-flakes — gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun.” The weather is meant, at least in part, to evoke the equally dark and oppressive mire of the mid-nineteenth century judicial system — both topics perfect to read about while sitting safe inside by the fire as a wild storm rages outside.How appropriate. Also, since injustice is one of my favorite reading topics along with the fact that Bleak House is considered Dickens best work this should be a good read for me.
The only problem is my copy of the book is 880 pages long. Talk about daunting. It is a good thing the read-a-long doesn't end until December 31st.
What is the most daunting book you have ever read? Have you read any of Charles Dickens' works? If you've read the Bleak House what were your thoughts?
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