The Art of the Novella Challenge officially drew to a close yesterday. I read three novellas to reach the 'captivated' level.
Lady Susan was, by far, my favorite. The combination of Jane Austen's wit and the epistolary form will surely be a highlight of my reading year. Tolstoy's novella was a reread, but Pevear and Volokhonsky's translation made it new again. The Dead was a wonderful surprise - a lovely story, beautifully written, and totally accessible. Perhaps it's time to rethink my position on James Joyce? Either way, don't expect to see Ulysses on my reading list any time soon.
The challenge may be over, but I plan to read several more of these small treasures before the end of the year. On my shelf (or iPad):
- May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Devil by Leo Tolstoy
- The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
Thanks so much, Frances, for coming up with this challenge, and thank you, Melville House, for assembling a fabulous collection of novellas. August has certainly been a memorable month!