Book Monster

Conquering literature one book at a time
(to say nothing of the movies)

EARLY RISER: To be one is proof of morality. The man who goes to bed at 4 in the morning and gets up at 8 is lazy, but the man who goes to bed at 9 in the evening and goes out at 5 the next morning is active.

—Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

176. Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard (+)
177. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki (+)
178. This is Not a Novel by David Markson
179. Boredom by Alberto Moravia (+)
180. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
181. Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill
182. Concluding by Henry Green (+)
183. Petersburg by Andrei Bely (+)
184. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
185. The Learned Ladies by Molière
186. Tropisms by Nathalie Sarraute
187. The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch
188. The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira

DEFEAT: Is met with — and is so utter that no one is left to tell the tale.

—Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

Petersburg streets possess an indubitable quality: they turn passers-by into shadows.

Andrei Bely, Petersburg

Highlights: January 1 - March 12

Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence.

Gustave FlaubertBouvard and Pecuchet