There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between.
The heavy narcotic
of the changing season.
To be sociable is a risky thing—even fatal—because it means being in contact with people, most of whom are dull, perverse and ignorant and are really with you only because they cannot bear their own company. Most people bore themselves and greet you not as a true friend but as a distraction—like a dancing dog or some half-wit actor with a fund of amusing stories.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle. London: George Newnes, 1892 and 1894. First editions. Illustrations by Sidney Paget.
Adventures stories include A Scandal in Bohemia. Memoirs first London edition in 1894 did not include The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, perhaps as it included adultery and so was unsuitable for younger readers.
I read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.
Hej! I just discovered your blog. I like it. I'm impressed by the list of books you like. What do you think about Charles Bukowski, Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth (I saw that you like Paul Auster)? What about The Master and Margarita? Greetings! :) (from ilovetattooedmenandnicethings)
Thank you very much. :)
I liked some poems of Bukowski and sometimes I post his quotes here but his other works do not appeal to me. I think he is overrated.
I love Franzen’s sharp style. Problem families and trashy politics are depicted very well in his books. My favorite novel is Freedom.
I haven’t decided what I should think about Philip Roth. I have read the satirical drama Portnoy’s Complaint and also the tragic and psychological novel Nemesis. I loved both but not as much as Franzen’s books. I should read more from Roth for a final decision.
I love reading Auster’s novels. They are always interesting but he keeps using the same themes such as coincidences and I can’t stand the use of coincidences in books anymore.
The Master and Margarita was too weird for me but I’m more hopeful for Bulgakov’s stories.
Best wishes :)