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Victoria Reads Books

Global citizen, adventurer, ponderer. Lover of coffee, books, and the Oxford comma. Infected by wanderlust, enchanted by stories. Might occasionally be a photo blog.

Currently reading

Emma
Jane Austen
Progress: 230/412 pages
Le Petit Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Eight Great Comedies
Sylvan Barnet, Morton Berman, William Burton
The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, Compact Edition: Stories and Authors in Context
Dana Gioia, R.S. Gwynn
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, Aylmer Maude, E.B. Greenswood
Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary - Joseph Conrad After getting used to the writing style, I loved this book. Its prose is amongst the most beautiful and complex that I've ever encountered, and the story itself is very dark and compelling (once you figure out what's happening). The narrator goes about trying to tell a story and describe something that he sometimes can't completely grasp himself, but considering one of the huge themes in the book is futility, it works. I can see why some people wouldn't like this book; nevertheless, I can see myself reading it again and would recommend that others give it a try.