Saturday, January 9, 2016

155. The Enchanted Wanderer

The Enchanted Wanderer
Nikolai Leskov
1873
Around 300 pages













I can't believe my last post was almost two months ago!  I have several good excuses for this.  In the past month and a half, I have moved then had my long distance boyfriend visit for two weeks.  On Friday, I had surgery that will leave me confined to my bed for months.  The silver lining of this is that I will have plenty of time to read and update this blog!  My pain is your gain.

Basically, we have an insufferable male character who was "promised to God" by his mother.  He refuses to join a monastery and so must suffer through many trials.  I almost felt like this was a parody of a Russian novel since everyone was so miserable.  At one point, a man ordered vodka.  He said he couldn't pay for it so instead ate the glass.

With a name like "the Enchanted Wanderer" I expected some bright eyed, earnest person who explores the world.  Instead, we got a complete psychopath who gives away babies and tortures cats.  What a waste of time that was.  I am in quite a bit of pain right now and I need really amazing books!  Hopefully the next one will impress.

RATING: **--- (two stars only because it was a bit short)

Interesting Facts:

Critics were generally lukewarm about this book upon its first release.

UP NEXT: Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  I have actually heard of this one so maybe it will be a good read.

5 comments:

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  2. Good luck with your surgury and recovery. I just went through a kindey donation on Friday I plan on reading quite a few list books on my recovery time as well.

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    1. Hi Melissa! It's the only good part about the surgery, right? You know, besides the whole life saving thing. Keep me posted on what books you are reading!

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  3. Good luck with the surgery! Hope you have a fast and bookish recovery.

    Aren't you afraid that maybe Hardy will be too trying on a recovering patient?

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    1. Thank you! I am actually trying to read denser novels while I am recovering since then I will have time to digest them. Although now that I say that, it doesn't seem like the best plan.

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