Sunday, February 20, 2011

time to snuggle with a book

Ice covers the land, the house, the cars, the garbage littering our yard, everything. Church was canceled and Daughter1 called into work (though a suspected case of influenza has had her down and out for the last four days anyway.) The electricity was on and off throughout the morning, so I curled up in the recliner with a window behind me and finished The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). Being a library loan, it's only two days overdue. That's an improvement on my part I'm happy to report. Now, what to read next? ...


  1. Was it good? I'm only 1 for 2 on Hardy.

  2. Was it good? Hmmm ... well, this was my first Hardy read and I knew nothing about him before hand. The story is a tragic one, but it made me wonder more about the author's own views. The few religious references felt of a more scholarly influence then faithful. While understanding this to be a tragedy I don't know that the author and I would agree to what exactly was the tragedy. Make sense?

    I've since done a bit of Hardy googling and it was said he was "religious" though not devout, and actually at times agnostic. I can see that. This story is quite law oriented and person focused.

    But was it a good book? I'll say it was worth a read, but not worth purchasing for our own library. The story wraps up and there are no loose ends per se, save for the gospel ... this was the true tragedy.

  3. I think he might not have written anything that wasn't devastatingly tragic, and I'm kind of losing my appetite for devastating tragedy . . . .