I am reading Stefan Zweig‘s biography, The World of Yesterday. What an incredible destiny! What a European hero! He had met all the people that counted in the Europe of his time. As I have never been to Vienna, or Austria, reading Zweig makes me want to go there and see those places he describes.
I share the feeling of total boredom during his school-years, a feeling that I understand so well, as I experienced it when I was in highschool. But coming from such a learned and cultured man, I found it surprising.
I finished reading Elizabeth Gaskell‘s North and South, which I really loved. The book had been sitting on one of my shelves for the longest time and what made me pick it up again was watching the BBC series. I found it so well-done that I wanted to read the book it stemmed from. Gaskell is so different from Jane Austen, but just as enthralling.
For some reason, I had stopped reading for the last ten years or so. I would only read murder mysteries (I still do), but couldn’t tackle anything else. I don’t know what made me start reading again, but it feels good.
Watched Corpse Bride, aptly named Les Noces Funèbres in French, by Tim Burton (one of my Mother’s Day presents) and loved it. In some respects, it reminds me of Beetlejuice (the movie, not the TV series) that I just love too. I like cartoons and animated movies a lot. And Burton’s kind of humour quite suits me.
- Followup on Art Buchwald. Read Hold the eulogies, he’s not dead, in the Boston Globe. Art has left the hospice and is vacationing in his summer house. What a great guy!
- The statue of Stefan Zweig is at Jardin du Luxembourg (near rue d’Assas) and when I took it, I never thought I would use it on my blog!
- Elizabeth Gaskell, obviously isn’t mine. I took the Corpse Bride DVD especially for this post, and guess what, it made an adequate squared circle!