Weekend reading from a Mountain to the turtle in the tree

20151030_144950Well not going to finish these this weekend as I have just started both these epic books.Leg over leg is 400 pages plus another 100 of notes and a very large forward to read once I’ve read the book , the book follows the alter ego of the writer as we see him learning in his native Lebanon then further afield , this book opens with an eye-opening few passages around female and male sex organs the shapes and sizes of each, very unexpected opening bit even after thirty pages this morning before work I get a real sense of the writers playful use of language and imagery. Then well I maybe should be reading something at the lighter end of the reading rainbow of books I like to read but no I chosen Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann as we see the world on the brink of world war one as Hans Castrop heads to the swiss alps and a sanatorium, as he tries to find himself and the world around him but also the cracks that lead to world war one a ringing of a new guard in the German-speaking world that would lead them into war. I will probably be on these two for most november as I splatter a few shorter books in the mix . The Mann also crosses two boxes a German lit month novel but also for the 1924 club but rather late on as I think I won’t finish it till middle of November but I want to add a translation to this event. I am nearly all read for German lit month a bit disappoint few of the library books I had found haven’t appear so must be lost in the libraries it has happened before I have managed to read 11 books already for German lit month and hope to finish magic mountain and a couple of others before December .

How is your weekend reading shaping up ?

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Oct 30, 2015 @ 16:31:33

    I’ve started The Magic Mountain too, Stu, and I’m liking it so far. I did wonder about picking up such a huge volume, but I shall try to get it finished during November….


  2. poppypeacockpens
    Oct 30, 2015 @ 21:01:44

    Sound like two very absorbing reads – good to hear ‘I will probably be on these two for most november as I splatter a few shorter books in the mix’ – do share any novellas you squeeze in (or any you’ve previously reviewed) using the #NovellaNov 🙂


  3. Tony
    Oct 31, 2015 @ 10:22:13

    ‘The Magic Mountain’ is a wonderful read, but it will certainly take you a while – from memory, two weeks for me, with a few days’ rest in the middle 😉


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October 2015


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