Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My Favourite Books - The Letter T
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - This is such a beautiful book. I fell in love with Sydney Carton when he proved himself to be unselfish and loyal and sweet and...well, you get the idea. And I was moved to tears when I read the passage:
“Are you dying for him?" she whispered.
“And his wife and child. Hush! Yes."
“O will you let me hold your brave hand, stranger?"
“Hush! Yes, my poor sister; to the last."
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare - I think this is the only Shakespearean play that I can read effortlessly. (I find it hard to read plays...sigh) It's so full of humour! A must read!
A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery - What happens when everyone thinks they should inherit the same object? And what further happens when the old lady whose decision it is decides to make everyone wait for a year after her death until the name of the inheritor is revealed? In one word: mayhem. A delightful book of intertwining stories, A Tangled Web is not a book that I loved at first read. I had to read it twice before I appreciated its full worth.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - Such a sad book. The only reason this is a favourite is because it is so beautifully written. I think it's the only book I ever liked simply for its style.
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler - A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I found it an interesting perspective. I'd never thought of there being a thirteenth princess. It adds an original twist to the well known fairytale.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas - An exciting tale with mystery, intrigue and comedy. I only had a few objections to some scenes, but overall, it was definitely worth the read, and I went so far as to buy myself a copy.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White - Childhood favourite. Again. The story of a trumpeter swan...the rest is a little fuzzy. But it is a wonderful book!