Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Thoughts #1 - The Lost World by Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle & the Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde


Right now, I've been reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and the Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. I've wanted to read The Lost World for some time now, and I'm really enjoying the story, but it seems to be slow going with the actual reading. Realistically, for as much time as I've put into reading it, I should have it finished by now, but I think part of the problem is the actual typeset of the book itself. I purchased a Dover Thrift Edition, and it seems the type is set very close together without much space between the lines and the type itself seems to be a little compressed and the margins are very small. It really looks like they were trying to get as much type on a page as they could to reduce the number of pages, and I get that these are Thrift Editions which is rather the point, but it is making for an increasingly difficult time reading the book. The story itself is fun, if a little wordy, but I'm willing to get through all of this to see how it ends, so I guess that's the sign of a good book, right?

I'm reading the Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde as part of my 1010 Challenge for my Fairy Tales/Myths category. I've been reading one fairy tale at a time in the book, as I've found that if I read a book like this all the way through, I generally lose my interest by the end, since sometimes some of the stories read the same. I'm sure that if I were a little more versed in fairy tales as a whole, I'd probably be finding several similarities between Wilde's fairy tales and others that came before, but they seem refreshing enough to me that I'm enjoying them as they are. So far, my favorite quote from the book:

What a silly thing Love is. It is not half as useful as Logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite impractical...



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