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The Time Travel.

Cross-culture, cross-time literary travels. Very personal approach to literature. 

Spiderweb - an update

At the beginning of my summer holidays I came up with the idea of spiderweb. Almost two months later I must admit it just does not work for me. The feeling that there is something I need to read instead of reading something I feel like reading at a given moment blocks me completely. Also, I just get bored. I do like Marias, but, starting with "A Man of Feeling", his narrators are indeed similar, thus I just need differentiation.

 

So, the end of the reading plans. I am just going to read whatever I want to read, and sometimes write something on that here. At the moment I am reading mostly crime stories in my native language. I am also preparing myself for my one-year Russia adventure. Stay tuned at http://russiansamovar.wordpress.com 

A spiderweb

A Heart so White (Penguin Modern Classics) - Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa All Souls - Javier Marías, John Banville Voyage Along the Horizon - Javier Marías, Kristina Cordero Written Lives - Javier Marías Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me (Penguin Modern Classics) - Javier Marías When I Was Mortal - Javier Marías Your Face Tomorrow 1: Fever and Spear - Javier Marías Your Face Tomorrow 2: Dance and Dream - Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell - Javier Marias The Infatuations - Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa

Recently I've concluded that reading cannot be just a random activity. You cannot throw the books to the vast bag of your mind. Then they get lost, mixed up, sometimes they even get deformed and destroyed. I don't want to do that to the books I read. More importantly, I don't want to do that to my mind.

 

At the same time, reading is absolutely essential to fully enjoy the experience of humanity. The open-mindedness it promotes, the sensivity it gives, the reflections it encourages: these are the features that make any being a human being. However, they are quite difficult to extract from some random novels  read in any order. 

 

Therefore, I have decided to devise a reading plan, to set myself reading challenges, to somehow connect the books I read before I even read them. Furthermore, I have decided to write about them to make myself inwardly digest and process them. This is precisely what this blog is going to be about.

 

Ultimately, I aim to create a mental spiderweb of plots, characters, themes and motifs, a mental palace of literature that will always be there to make use of it. 

 

Let us begin. Challenge one: Javier Marias - many novels, one narrator?.

Wielki mistrz

Złodziej pioruna  - Rick Riordan Akcja zdecydowanie bardziej wciągająca niż w przypadku "Gildii Magów". Wątki romansowe nieco kuleją, ale wzbudzają sympatię. Doskonała powieść na długą podróż.

Gildia Magów

Gildia Magów (Trylogia Czarnego Maga, #1) - Agnieszka Fulińska, Trudi Canavan Dobra rozrywka - powieść idealna na podróż pociągiem.

Psie serce

Psie serce - Michaił Bułhakow Bułhakow w najlepszym wydaniu. Groteskowo - ironiczny komentarz na temat proletariusza idealnego, który okazuje się być gorszym od byle jakiego kundla. Typowy dla Bułhakowa styl prowadzenia narracji sprawia, że trudno się oderwać od lektury.