On The Eve
Around 115 pages
Can you believe I am back already? This novel only took me around an hour and a half and it is Russian!! I feel as though I deserve some sort of award for that.
Before we get started, I thought I would address a question I get asked frequently: where do you get all these books?? This is a personal preference, but I really love paper books. To that end, I check the libraries around me first. If I am near a city, the selection is usually pretty good. However, smaller libraries usually suck. That is when I use eBooks. I have an iPad and use Project Gutenberg. Most of the List Books (at least the early ones) are available for free. I don't think I have ever absolutely had to pay for a book. If you come across this problem, contact me and I can usually help you find the novel. So that's that and I hope it helps!
Like I said, this was a super fast read. I almost felt like it was the Reader's Digest version of War and Peace. There were similar themes and characters but it wasn't a month long project! Two friends, a philosopher of sorts and a sculptor, are in love with the same woman. Wait, didn't this just happen in yesterday's book? Anyway, her affections may belong to someone else entirely. To add a little spice, all this takes place during the Crimean War.
Can I just copy and paste my review from Castle Richmond? I want to make the exact same points. Seeing the juxtaposition of a courtship against the backdrop of a national tragedy was kind of startling.
Did I use enough synonyms to make it seem like this isn't exactly what I just said in the last post?
This is basically a better version of Castle, so read this one instead.
Not received well by critics upon its initial release.
UP NEXT: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Oh crap.