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