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27 June 2006 @ 03:19 pm
cover the gap  
"Last night I could get no sleep." Well, not actually last night but almost every night throughout my adolescence years. And the recent night that I stayed awake to finish J.Steinbeck's Cannery Row. This last sleepless night reminded me of all the sleepless nights I spent devouring words and characters and situations. It reminded me of reading books qualified as "classics", because i couldn't decide which of the new editions are good and which are not. Back then when I would state with certainty that "I like the russians, and I don't think that american literature is worth anything" even though I never till then had read any americans. At some point I read The Wayward Bus by Steinbeck and it became one of my favourite books. I always wanted to read more from Steinbeck but the list of "to-read-books" was getting longer and his turn never arrived. Then my taste in reading became more eccentric and post modern. Steinbeck was going down and down in the list. Until cheap "free with the newspaper" paperback editions arrived and combined with a tired and sleepy mind.This brought Cannery Row next to my sleeping pillow. I remembered why certain books are listed under the "classics" shelves in the bookstores and it made me wonder what this quality really is. The easy answer is that their quality is independent of time passing. They might lose their freshness but inside there is still something that the future reader will find interesting. So there is nothing "post" about it, no flashy technique, no word-go-rounds, just good old fashioned storytelling. It is divided in small chapters (ideal for the sleepy mind), it is easy reading and has class-A characters. Translation by Κοσμάς Πολίτης is more than just tragic, it's an ignorant word by word artsy transcription. Avoid or read and enjoy. And now that I got it started with the newspaper paperback titles, that I wouldn't otherwise bother to buy and read, I'll continue with it. So now I'm reading Flaumbert's Madame Bovary and i must say I enjoy it a lot.

PS-I also recommend watching Of mice and men Gary Sinise's adaptation with John Malkovich, if you can find it.
 
 
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dr_dandiedr_dandie on June 27th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Είχα διαβάσει πιο μικρή "Το Κόκκινο Αλογάκι", γι'αυτό έπαθα και τρελή κατάθλιψη. Ίσως πρέπει να τον ξαναρχίσω τον Στάινμπεκ.

Όσον αφορά τη Μποβάραινα, θεωρώ ότι είναι ένα από τα πιο τρομακτικά βιβλία που έχουν γραφτεί ποτέ. Όταν το τελειώσεις να το συζητήσουμε.
The Thief Of Wordskarmologyclinic on June 28th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
αλήθεια; τώρα με ιντριγκάρεις. θα προσπαθήσω να διαβάζω δύο παραγράφους το βράδυ πριν κοιμηθώ και όχι μόνο μία μπας και το τελειώσω πιο γρήγορα.