Thursday, February 24, 2011

Latest Acquisitions: Part Four

I haven't been able to buy a lot of books lately, because I've been busy with school. Instead, in order to save money, I've been reading some free e-books from Project Gutenberg. (I've already downloaded The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Ethan Frome, and Heart of Darkness from PG.) However, on my last trip to my favorite secondhand bookstore, I was able to find copies of the following:

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare - I've only read King Lear and a couple of Shakespeare's sonnets--not a good experience for me. However, we're required to read Hamlet for my English Literature class this semester, so I'm hoping either this or Macbeth will change my mind about the Bard.
  • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - Beautiful first paragraph. This book is also in Modern Library's 100 Best Novels List, so I simply had to buy it.
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare - See # 1.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Saw the movie, the one with Marlon Brando, about two years ago, and I didn't understand about 90% of the dialogue. Maybe I'll appreciate the text more.
What are your latest acquisitions? :)

17 comments:

Kristi said...

I read Hamlet for one of my college classes and I really loved it. I hope you have a great experience. You should try one of his comedies. I love A Midsummer Night's Dream.

I found The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Robinson Crusoe, and Gullivers Travel's on one of my recent trips to the charity shop!

Misha said...

I love Hamlet and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I hope you enjoy them too!
I recently came across a second hand book store, I didn't know existed in my city and bought an enormous amount of books!

Sam said...

I love Project Guternberg - until my sony reader broke I was always downloading books from there.

Hamlet is my favourite Shakespeare play, but then I studied it for a term and we did it really in depth. It's always harder for me to enjoy Shakespeare plays that I haven't studied because I miss out on a lot of stuff.

Ben said...

Hamlet is a fucking riot. While everybody and their moms in Hollywood are modernizing Shakespeare's classics, this one is just begging to be. It would be the most violent, depraved, rated Mature movie on the market. Unresolved dad issues have never been so entertaining.


Props for Streetcar also. Tennessee Williams has a gift for dialogue

Andi said...

Good choices! The only one I haven't really cared for is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I had high hopes for it, but in the end it was just a little too "downer" for me. It would be worth a re-read now that I'm older, though.

Teacher/Learner said...

If no other play will change your mind about the Bard, Hamlet should. It's my favourite of his tragedies. The comedies are probably the most enjoyable--try Twelfth Night. It was the first Shakespeare play I read in school & it was delightful :) Congrats on all your finds. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was a great movie & I've got to read it soon. I'm going to hit the bookstores soon to spend some birthday dough :D

L.L. said...

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is absolutely gorgeous. Hope you enjoy it. :)

Zibilee said...

I haven't read any of these books, but that is because I am sadly ignorant of the classics. I do think that you will like The Picture of Dorian Gray though. It was a really wonderful book!

simplerpastimes said...

I had to read both Hamlet and Macbeth in school, and although I generally prefer Shakespeare's comedies, I did really enjoy Hamlet. Macbeth was less enjoyable, but I think that was the way it was taught, rather than the play itself. As for the rest, all excellent choices.

Thanks for stopping by my blog--I'm happy to have found yours!

fatbooks.org said...

oh, so jealous that you have the mccullers. i've been wanting to read that book for ages but can't get it here; i found an audio version but about halfway through had to accept that i'm not build to listen to books. if i can't see the words on a page, they don't stick for me. what i did listen to, though, was just amazing, and i'm gonna live vicariously through you as you read it. :)

-- ellen

bibliophilica said...

Hi Darlyn,
Andi is right that The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is "a bit of a downer," but I think it's beautifully written and well worth reading. Enjoy "Part 4" of your latest acquisitions! (I love that your "latest acquisitions" are in four(!) parts. :-))
-Jay

Nymeth said...

I've been meaning to read The Heart is A Lonely Hunter for ages! Looking forward to your thoughts.

Bybee said...

I love your stack!

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is gorgeous, and so is her follow-up, Reflections in a Golden Eye, although it's very different. I've always meant to read more of her work.

Allie said...

Great stack of books!

I love Shakespeare-I wish I saw more people reading him!

Dana Wright said...

New follower from the hop. Love your book pile.

Rowenna said...

I was never huge on Shakespeare until I read The Tempest and Midsummer Night's Dream. I found his histories kinda dour and hard to stay awake for (though I did enjoy King Lear and parts of Cymbelline well enough), but the comedic, fantastic elements of Tempest and Midsummer lightened it up to the point that you really appreciate the language. And the fact that he's actually funny.

Loved Dorian Gray. Surprised the heck out of me that I knew the basic plot already but still had to keep reading! So good!

Beth said...

I can't wait to see a review of Ethan Frome. Loved it. Looking at your list makes I really need to read more Shakespeare.

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