o is reading Russian Literature in 2014, she is inviting others to join her, and I think I’m going to say yes.
I used to be scared the Russian greats, I thought they were all dark and difficult, but I used to be scared of Dickens, Zola and Trollope and I’ve come to love them all.
(After a few false starts with Trollope I’ve read the first few chapters of ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ and I am smitten.)
I think it’s time.
I’m not going to set out with a long list, because, after a couple of years when I’ve read mostly from the 20th century for my Century of Books, I want next year’s books to be more diverse.
And I’ve already signed up to read about the Great War with the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics group, and to read Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond books with another group on GoodReads.
So here’s the plan:
I’m going to start with the two Russian novels on my Classics Club list: ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Crime and Punishment.’
I’m going to look at my Virago shelves, because I know I have one, maybe two, Russian authors there.
And then I’m going to see what I discover along the way, who inspires me, which books call me.
Because that will always be my guiding principle: read the books that call …..