Red-letter day: I finished the second volume of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. While In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower wasn’t as satisfying overall as Swann’s Way, it did provide the patented Proust moments of awe, as well as some genuine chuckles.
I also am almost finished with a New in the Stacks read: The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower. Part biography, part murder mystery, this nonfiction read details the convergence of a scandalous murder with Edgar Allan Poe’s life. The murder inspired a work called “The Mystery of Marie Roget.” I had no idea that Poe was orphaned then raised in a wealthy family, whose patriarch cut him off when he was a young man. Interesting, quick read…and whets my appetite for Poe. May have to find a way to work him into the Horror Story Short Challenge in October!
Now, with a clear conscience, I move onto Cervantes and Don Quixote! This is going to be a doubly satisfying challenge, insofar that I get to read a great novel AND it sort of preps me for a trip to Spain I am taking in November. Two whole weeks of vacation, from Barcelona to Madrid, with a very likely stop in Morocco. Hola!