Wharton, Garp and a confession
Posted by Silke on October 05, 1998 at 06:13:18:
In response to Are you kidding?, written by Emmy on October 04, 1998 at 13:59:37
] I don't know about the Golden Bowl, because the only James I've ever read is The Portrait of a Lady, but Wharton! Ack! I've got three of her books sitting in my room which have been read to page 10 and then put down.... I fall asleep.
The only Wharton I've read so far is Age of Innocence which I liked exceedingly. I had seen the movie before (a favourite of mine) and I'm determined to read more of her work.
] I actually did read The World According to Garp, which is definetly NOT my style (though I liked it in the end)
Now that's entertainment for me! I can hardly put in words what I like best about Garp. I cannot put it down once I started. The gripping storyline with some most bizarr elements, and the prose is so fluid IMO. Highly hilarious and very touching at the same time (I usually cry when it comes to Walt).
Now I venture to say which writer I cannot read. Please don't shout at me but (aside from Dickens) it's Hardy. Too much bordering on the melodramatic for my taste. I never made it through Tess or the Mayor ... But after the praise from this board I'll give Far from the madding crowd a try. And if this works for me, maybe even Return of the Native.
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