Slightly Peckish Tuesday

23 August, 2011

is all about cakes and the lovely British tradition of afternoon tea, but in more convivial and literary surroundings. So check me out at Umamimart: Slightly Peckish. All those who love Persephone Books will know which cake shop I’m talking about, oh yes.

So I’ve been toying with the idea that I should really get my butt in gear and start reading some Russian lit. By that I mean War and Peace since last November marked a 100 years since Tolstoy’s death and dovegreyreader scribbles has been doing a year-long readalong. I also have Granta Books’ The Possessed by Elif Batuman which I will read in tandem. So, anything I should be aware of or worry about before I start?

Of course I’ll be starting War and Peace after I finish Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe. One impenetrable book at a time, right? I’m used to all this scientific writing but I haven’t read a science-y book in ages and my brain’s starting to hurt. All this n-th dimensional space is getting to me. However, I was watching The Big Bang Theory on telly and who should make an appearance but Prof. Greene? Of course Sheldon piercingly asks him why he isn’t doing something useful with his life. Totally geeked out on that. And did you know that Mayim Bialik who plays the female version of Sheldon, Amy Farrah Fowler, is the same actress who played Blossom and actually has a PhD in neuroscience? How cool is that?

7 Responses to “Slightly Peckish Tuesday”

  1. Iris Says:

    I wanted to leave a comment here about your Slightly Peckish post. It looks delicious. So delicious. London just got even more appealing to me.

  2. Louise Says:

    I was very brave and downloaded War and Peace & Crime and Punishment onto my Kindle. God knows if I’ll ever bring myself round to actually reading them, but I feel more intelligent just for having them….

  3. I was going to join the W&P year-long read along, but decided that was too long of a reading period. In the end it wook me about a month to read it (with other books read in between). The key is to think of it as a vast soap opera–in other words something that you don’t want to see end. Lots of episodes that you get to enjoy each time you pick it up rather than one long plot arc. Also, if your edition doesn’t have one, you might want to find a character summary to keep track of all the names. My Penguin edition had character list, chapter summaries, and maps. All very helpful. Here is my recap. You may want to read my paragraph on spoilers and then decide if my post will tell you too much.

    • sakura Says:

      Yes, your post actually made me want to take up the challenge of reading W&P and I think the thing that struck me most was that you enjoyed it (which bodes well for me). I’ve got the Penguin edition so I think it’ll have at least a character list (I haven’t checked it yet.) I have a sneaky feeling I may skim bits (which I did with Anna Karenina) but these days I tend to read more slowly and thoroughly. I was going to join in the readalong, but like you, I think I prefer reading it over a shorter period of time. We’ll see!

  4. I’m heading to London in a few weeks and now I’m desperately trying to figure out how I can fit a visit to Bea’s of Bloomsbury into my schedule! Everything looks fantastic.

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