"I used to feel that the novel output of Fitzgerald was like the literary version of the Myers Briggs test: whichever one a person favored was some fundamental indicator of his or her personality. Roughly it followed that ordinary and banal people liked The Great Gatsby, snotty, effete types liked This Side of Paradise, and The Beautiful and Damned was for the discerning and unconventional (I’ll let you guess in which camp I numbered myself). Tender is the Night was sort of an unknown quantity, preferred by dramatic people, maybe, or people who take pills.”
Modern Library Revue: #28 Tender is the Night by Lydia Kiesling
"I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita."
—from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I’ve just got these five books from the Vintage War series from Vintage Classics today and I’ve decided I’m gonna make some pretty pictures and put them up for y’all to admire this super duper edition of best of the best books on not so happy topic - war.
I can’t wait to start reading them (but I have to, school stuff) and also buying more of these. I plan to get the whole edition (12 books) so I’m gonna put a picture of all of them together when I’ll have them.
I don’t usually buy 20th century (and 21st obviously) in Vintage Classics edition because I wanted to mainly stick with the Penguin Modern Classics, but I just couldn’t not buy these. Plus, they’re the smaller size than most of what I have in my bookshelfs so I can just pretend thy have nothing to do with the rest of my books.
A great way to end a week is recieving a design you did in paper brick form.
The new Heap House paperback is SO PRETTY! Very happy to have one on my desk.
I finally found a pretty looking edition of Watership Down, one of my favourites. And in paperback!
I treated myself to some of the new Austen editions from Vintage Classics. They are quite small which I like!
This is a book about Druids and King Arthur and Anglo Saxon sorcerers and English history and what I’m trying to say is did Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate write a book especially for me? That’s so nice thanks!!