Posted by Helen on November 30, 1997 at 16:53:10:
In response to Future reads: I need your views, written by Kate on November 27, 1997 at 10:37:10
] I'd like your input into what we might read in the future on this board.
] I have some suggestions, and if you like (or dislike) one or other of them, please give your views.
] But I would also really appreciate your suggestions of other titles.
] Here are some ideas
] Oscar and Lucinda
] (movie opens on New Year's Eve)
Would you believe, I actually saw this being filmed! I came out of one street into another, and they had turned it into a Victorian alleyway, complete with mud on the cobbles, horsedrawn carriages and gas lamps...
] The English Patient
I must admit, neither of these two grab me.
] Tom Jones (before the A&E series is shown in the US)
I don't think you need to read this before the series is shown... in fact, it might make it difficult, because Fielding is very, very diffuse in his narrative, and it obviously has to be trimmed to be dramatized... maybe after?
] Tenant of Wildfell Hall
] Northanger Abbey
these are my two favourites out of these choices.
Middlemarch (or other such serious mid-Victorian novel - this and the works of Elizabeth Gaskell are the most Austenish)
Some Virginia Woolf (her earlier novels, especially Night and Day, are the most Austenish)
And I do think we should read some light-hearted trivia: The Lucia books are my personal favourites (again, Austenish - but the wonderfully satirical Austen of the letters - and I don't think it would take very long, those of us who are Luciaphils just want to share it with the rest of you, then we'll shut up ;-) )
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