Friday, February 1, 2013

About starting February and my plans for March

This week has been crazy for me. Just one of those weeks when the universe decides that it is going to give you a hard time and you find yourself running around, trying to get things done. On top of that, the heat is getting ridiculous here. Every errand I had this week was done while dripping sweat and cursing for not having a pool (or at least a bigger bathtub) to jump in. Friday is here and I am tired. Fortunately, February is also here and I hope to have some peace and quiet from now on. Although there’s not much I can do about the heat, which only promises to get worse.

I started reading Les Liaisons Dangereuses this morning, as part of the French February event hosted by O from Délaissé. So far it’s going good. I had forgotten how much I love reading in French. Sometimes I read out loud because French is so goddamned beautiful.  

I decided to follow O’s example and read one part each week (the book has four parts). I will write my thoughts on the first part as soon as I finish it and will take part in any conversation, debate, etc., regarding this book.

I published my post about A Moveable Feast yesterday. Hemingway has left a mark in me with this book. Then I found out that Allie from A Literary Odyssey is hosting "A Modern March" for The Classics Club so I’m obviously going to join and read more Hemingway. My Modernist March reading list would be:

The Sun Also Rises - E. Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms - E. Hemingway
To the Lighthouse - V. Woolf (I started reading this one last year and left it in the middle for some reason.  Probably work.)

I’m very happy I joined The Classics Club. I've gotten to discover really wonderful blogs and bloggers who are an inspiration to me with my reading. It’s a great motivation and I love to be a part of it.

Have a great weekend!


Caro said...

Awesome plans! Yet more Hemingway, huh? I can't wait to get to one of his books.
I know what you mean about the heat. It's getting ridiculous. And the worst part is that I can't even properly wish for rain, because when it does, the river gets dirty and the water is brown for a week.
Have a nice month!

Melissa Vizcarra said...

Yep, more Hemingway! Let's see what happens there!

I guess the same thing would happen here with the water if it ever rained haha. Being in the middle of the desert, there's really no rain and the few times a very weak drizzle falls, the next day the heat gets even worse!

Have a nice month you too! :)

Lucy said...

I can't imagine heat when I'm in chilly, rainy England!

I need to give Hemingway another chance - I couldn't help comparing A Farewell to Arms to bad translations that I've read, even if it is supposed to be that way.

However, although I couldn't get into To The Lighthouse I adored Mrs Dalloway and The Waves. It just shows that you shouldn't give up on an author after one book!

Melissa Vizcarra said...

Lucy, you are right! I hated The Old Man and The Sea and loved A Moveable Feast, that's why I'm giving Hemingway another chance.
I've heard many people say they had a hard time with To The Lighthouse. I actually started reading it last year and had a little trouble too, but I thought it was because I was reading a translation. I'm going to give it another try in English.

I actually wish I was in chilly, rainy England! I've always wanted to go, hope I get to do that some day.

Lucy said...

I should give Hemingway another chance too! I always thought that he would be an author I'd like.

As I said before, I would recommend Mrs Dalloway if you struggle with To The Lighthouse again - I found it a lot more readable. Though I agree that reading a translation can really affect your perception of a text.

I hope that you manage to visit England some day! Peru does sound far more interesting to me, however...

Melissa Vizcarra said...

I loved Mrs Dalloway and Orlando. I still have to read The Waves, though...

It's actually a dream of mine to go to study to England. If I could move to anywhere in the world, it would probably be England. I love English literature and history so much.

You should definitely come to Peru, specially if you are a student of Spanish!

Diana said...

You way you're conquering Hemingway is impressive! I wasn't enamored with The Sun Also Rises as a silly undergraduate, and I've never given him another chance. I should overcome my juvenile prejudice and dig in.

Melissa Vizcarra said...

Thank you Diana! I'm looking forward to reading The Sum Also Rises but at the same time I'm a little bit afraid, I hope I'll like it!