Madame Bovary

January 14, 2021 I’ve just finished “Madame Bovary.”  Some of it was slow going, specifically the passages of excessive detail about physical objects and surroundings.  But after finishing the novel, I read in Soledad Fox’s “Flaubert and Don Quijote” that Flaubert used all this detail to satirize the “realist” genre:  that’s why he describes the … Continue reading Madame Bovary

The Female Quixote

December 31, 2020 I’ve read Charlotte Lennox's “The Female Quixote” (Kwicksoht), and I struggled through much of the first half, but the effort was well worth it.  I flew through the last 100 pages. Lennox’s novel was inspired by Cervantes and later inspired Austen, two authors I’ve recently discovered, so I really wanted to read … Continue reading The Female Quixote

Arabella

November 17, 2020 It’s often said that “Northanger Abbey” is similar to “Don Quixote.” I would think that Austen read Cervantes, but I’m just finding out about a 1752 novel called “The Female Quixote; or, the Adventures of Arabella,” by Charlotte Lennox, that Austen read and even praised in an 1807 letter. https://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-influence-of-the-female-quixote-on-northanger-abbey/ This is … Continue reading Arabella

Starting Pride and Prejudice

October 22, 2020 I'm 20 chapters into "Pride and Prejudice." Last spring when we went into quarantine, I ordered a Jane Austen Complete Works, having revisited the 1995 mini-series a few weeks before.  I read several chapters, including Lizzie’s three marriage proposal scenes and her final confrontation with Lady de Bourgh.  I’m going to read … Continue reading Starting Pride and Prejudice

Don Quixote’s Profession

October 17, 2020 I’ve finished Mark van Doren’s slim volume, “Don Quixote’s Profession.”  Someday I must read “Don Quixote” again with van Doren’s idea that DQ was acting, and with Nabokov’s idea that DQ had many victories.  These were not things that I appreciated in my own reading.  The idea that DQ was acting barely … Continue reading Don Quixote’s Profession