So it is now 1 July and the Camp Nanowrimo madness is complete and I have a few weeks of break left. On to the challenge: Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal.
Will I power through this easily? I am not sure that will happen as I am trying to muddle through the original French with as little help from a translation as possible. Also, this IS summer and I am at my most flibbertigibbety with so much daylight.
Why did I choose this book? I read it as a teenager and remember being bowled over; few books ever impacted me the way it had. To be honest, I now remember very little about the story itself other than my emotional impressions. This time I would like to be able to read the book and view it with a more critical eye. Was my original assessment of the novel due to my own teen-angst? Will the book renew its significance in my reading life? Whatever it said to me all those years ago made an important shift in how I understood books and what they were meant to do for a reader. I owe it to this novel to read its pages with care and consideration, letting myself again be influenced.
Au revoir! I have a date with Julian.