|Sent on:||Sunday, December 25, 2011 2:54 PM|
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
I have to apologize for offering a book without checking it availability first. At the December party, I suggested Leon Feuchtwanger's "Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo", or "Spanish Ballad" in Russian translation, in the Classics category. When I went to Amazon to verify the book's title in American translation, I found out that it was out of print and had become a collector's item. It was totally unexpected to me, since I borrowed it from the Downers Grove library last year. It is a great book and I suggest getting it through the library system and reading it on your own, but obviously, it is impossible for everybody to get a copy simultaneously to be ready for a discussion.
Since we have to replace Raquel, I went to Amazon and compiled a list of a few classic novels available in paperbacks. Kindly check them out and and let's vote at the next meeting. Please feel free to add your suggestions. Again, my apologies.
The Plague (by Albert Camus) 278 pages
The Phantom of the Opera (by Gaston Leroux) 288 pages
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (by Victor Hugo; Walter J. Cobb's complete and unabridged edition) 528 pages
Three Comrades (Erich Maria Remarque) 400+ pages (paperback)
Moon and Sixpence (by Somerset Maugham) 208 pages
Idiot (or The Idiot, in some translations; by Fyodor Dostoyevsky) 600+ pages
Resurrection (by Leo Tolstoy); 528 pages