An incredible, incredibly busy summer quarter hasn’t left me much time to read. I’m taking two classes, tutoring part-time, and job-hunting on the side. However, yesterday I was able to get over to Barnes & Noble and pick up this lovely trio.
I couldn’t keep myself out of The Old Man and the Sea, so I read it today and will be posting a review for Hamlette’s read-along at The Edge of the Precipice. Not gonna lie – the cover and typography are just gorgeous! (Admittedly a purchasing factor.) I will say nothing yet of the story, except I’m glad I finally read it.
And then there’s Melville and Conrad. Conrad really is best-read in hard copy. His writing is wonderfully intricate, so much so it’s easy to feel a little lost in the e-Ink versions. I already know the story of “Billy Budd” from a radio drama, but I wanted to read the original and also “Bartleby the Scrivener,” which comes highly rated. Also, on a tight schedule, short stories are always fun.
Have you read these three giants of nautical literature? Particularly, what do you think of Hemingway’s style?