Another of the great November challenges is Novellas in November. The first prompt is an overview of novella-reading from the last year. So, on with a few highlights!here.
Adam Bede.) I'd sort of long known of the book, but read it this spring for the first time, because Alexandra Oliver's most recent volume of poetry, Hail, The Invisible Watchmen, includes a sonnet sequence based on Hetty Dorval. The novella is pretty great. (And well worth a sonnet sequence.)
classics of the genre. It got its own post here.
But, hey! how about a couple of short non-fiction works, too?here.
But what's past is prologue (as the master says...) What novellas might I read this month? We have a picture for that, of course!
|Mr. Dickens says, But these books are all so short!|
Elizabeth Smart/By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
Another classic CanLit novella. About her long-term affair with the British poet George Barker. (I believe.)
Cesare Pavese/The Moon and the Bonfires
Our hero leaves Italy for the U. S. early in the Fascist era and returns only after the war is over. What's changed?
Boris Pasternak/The Last Summer
Don't know much. 😉 The back of the book says, "Set in the winter of 1916, The Last Summer has an autobiographical basis." That, and it's shorter than Doctor Zhivago.
Patrick Modiano/So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood
That makes two Nobel prize winners on this list. Hmm...
Which look good to you? Are you taking part in Novellas in November?