The question for the Classics Club monthly meme is:
Tell us about the classic book(s) you’re reading this month. You can
post about what you’re looking forward to reading in May, or post
thoughts-in-progress on your current read(s).
Right now I'm reading Stendhal's The Red and the Black, which I chose for the readalong. It's quite interesting, although it also features yet another rich and pretty young wife who falls into adultery. (Emma Bovary has got plenty of literary company; I imagine them all hanging out together in the Bookworld.) The focus of the story, however, is the young and poor student Julien, who has plenty of ambition but a difficult time deciding where to focus it--the red of the military or the black of the clergy?
It's not an easy read and I've been going a bit too slowly after the Dewey readathon, but I'll focus a bit more this weekend. I've got some other books going too and I took a mental break with a couple of Agatha Christies (my daughter is a zealous Whovian and she watched the Christie episode a few weeks ago, so I got her Death in the Clouds the other day to see if she would get hooked on the books. Challenge complete!)
My classics pile is hugely tempting, it's just that I can't read as much or as fast as I would like. Now that school is almost over, I want to get into one of my super-chunksters--either A Suitable Boy or In the First Circle. So that will be next on the list, plus I'm going to be participating in Jenny's readalong of the Barrett/Browning letters, plus Adam is doing a Beat event and really I can't think of a better time to read On the Road than summertime, plus he lists a couple of women writers and that's interesting. (Sounds like a raw deal to me, being a woman involved with those Beat guys.)