May 31st, 2003


Silliness: book summaries

The lovely AL (who doesn't have a livejournal account yet) sent me a link to an amusing collection of ultra-short parodies of various books. So I thought I'd share it.

No enlightenment at all on the subject of Bamidbar. So I'll just comment that I prepared stuff (ok, not the most brilliant or thorough preparation I've ever done, but still) and nobody turned up for synagogue to appreciate my efforts. At times like this I love my community less than other times.

Book: Howards End

Author: EM Forster

Details: I was really stupid today and managed to take back to the library a whole pile of books I was intending to review. Well, not entirely stupid because they were a week overdue, but still, I'm going to have to guess a bit at the details.

It was written in 1910, but I don't quite understand why it's widely available online, as Forster only died in 1970, so it should still be in copyright. Anyway, since I can't remember which edition I read or easily find the ISBN, here is the Gutenberg text of it.

Verdict: Howard's End is amusing throughout and thought-provoking in places.

Reasons for reading it: I saw the film absolutely years ago, and was so distracted by the inappropriate juxtaposition of Helena Bonham-Carter with Emma Thompson that I failed to take in anything else about the story. EM mentioned it recently and reminded me of my old and rather vague intention to read it.

How it came into my hands: The library

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