4/13/09: Whew, done! Right up till the last night of reading (last night), I was teetering on five stars, but the damn prosecuter's speech just went on and on and on and was so freaking tedious it infuriated me. Also, the whole thing was a bit too preachy for this atheist to feel totally in love. But it was a wonderful read, and after about a third of the way in I was actually stopping doing other things to read it and looking forward to it while I was away from it, especially at the climax of the trial (which made the droning, repetitive prosecuter's chapters even more annoying). I like War and Peace
MUCH better, and I think I will make Anna Karenina
my next Russian novel.
3/18/09: So, I've been drowning myself in mostly academic nonfiction, and my life is overly stressful right now, and I yearned for some fiction, and I thought I needed something simple, and I read She Wakes
thinking that would help, and I was SORELY disappointed, and I had been avoiding Dostoevsky 'cause I thought something so complex would only be a chore, but NO, I started last night, and I was completely enthralled just a few pages in. I NEED complexity in my fiction. It's a soothing tonic. Ahhhhhh.....