Dumas, Alexandre (père)
Dumas, Alexandre (fils)
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe is the fourth book on my 2014 reading list. Though it is an edition for both Japanese and English readers, I’m hoping that it isn’t abridged. I’d rather read the full text the first time, rather than form an opinion on half a text first. Wikipedia says that the original title for Robinson Crusoe was: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. I’m glad it got cut down. Defoe, like Cervantes, had a pretty interesting life. He lived through the Great Plague of London in 1665 and the Great Fire of London the following year. He was a merchant of many different goods, a rebel, and a spy for a time, until that became bad for business. He also served some time in jail for wracking up a large amount of debt.
Again testing the waters of LGBT fiction, I picked up Prisoner by Megan Derr because it looked decent. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but it sits high on my queue.
Oh Charles Dickens. I’m going to make a confession here: like many other assigned readings in high school, I didn’t actually finish Great Expectations. I got about halfway through it and couldn’t go any further. I didn’t have much of an appreciation for classics back then, when my mind was dominated by magic and dragons and all of that. I’m hoping to pick it up again sometime; I’m sure it’s worth the read.
I read an abridged version of Alexandre Dumas père‘s The Count of Monte Cristo years ago by accident (see above thoughts on abridged books) and was a little miffed to find that I hadn’t read the entire story. I still haven’t, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. I remember also liking the re-made movie adaptation, but as usual, the book beats the movie.
Yes, there are two Dumas’s on my shelf. Alexandre Dumas fils was the son of Dumas père. The former’s most famous work is La Dame aux Camélias or The Lady of the Camellias (pictured). The book was inspired by a woman Dumas knew in his own life. His family life also inspired much of his writing. He was the illegitimate son of Dumas père and a dressmaker, and was forcibly removed from his mother when his father formally recognized him. The breaking of his childhood family influenced many moral messages of legitimacy and the marriage duty of a father to a mother in his writing.
Like I said, the books float around the house and this one missed my camera, but it needs to be here. Alex absolutely loves Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock, in all of its iterations. She’s read the books and loves discussing them but I unfortunately haven’t read it yet. I keep picking it up, but until I finish reading The Tale of Genji, I’m not going to be able to start another mammoth.
Read any of these authors and liked what they wrote? Let me know in the comments.