Another week of soaring temperatures and heavy summer storms. Book purchase of the week? The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton. Another of those retro ‘Popular Penguins’; the orange paperbacks that cost $9.95 each. I know nothing of philosophy, and the reviews I’ve read of the book are rather disconcerting:
De Botton’s new book consists of obvious, hopeless or contradictory advice culled from great thinkers on how to overcome certain problems of existence
but it seems like a fun romp of a book, and it’s the best kind because it has lots of pictures.
This afternoon, I’ve decided to put Anna Karenina aside for The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. It’s a thin little novella, so I’ve been saving it for a quiet day like today – I want to get through it in one sitting.
Now that I think about it, I’m not all that familiar with American classics. Let’s see – love Fitzgerald, slightly acquainted with Poe and Twain, half-heartedly attempted a Hemingway and failed, never tried Faulkner, been wanting to read Wharton for a while but haven’t had time, sort of remember Uncle Tom’s Cabin and To Kill a Mockingbird from when I was younger, just about to begin my first Steinbeck.
Hopefully I’ll be seeing more of Hemingway this year. And Edith Wharton; The Age of Innocence is sitting on my shelf right now.