Thursday, September 1, 2011
Maiden Sighs and Screaming
Now it may be total madness to join a group to read Persuasion when I'll be flitting about London but I'm going to give it a try. After all, one has to have a book to whip out of one's bag while waiting for the tube to arrive at the station platform. Or better still, while enjoying something sweet with a cup of tea on a park bench while pretending I'm a local.
Rachel's offer to anyone interested in joining her read this wonderful book was also the inspiration I needed to finally make the pilgrimage to the Jane Austen museum in Chawton (I will not spend a fortune in the gift shop, I will not spend a fortune in the gift shop). How did Jane manage to write exquisite novels in that house with everyone bustling about? I've been interrupted at least ten times from everyone in my family, including the dog, during the past hour!
Carl. Ever since reading Her Fearful Symmetry in 2009, I've been desperate to visit Highgate Cemetery. The book did a pretty good job of navigating my imagination through the pathways and tombstones but I want to know what it feels like to be there. And not that I'm a scaredy cat or anything but the fact I'll be surrounded by others in a tour group does hold some appeal.
Earlier this year I picked up a copy of Turn of the Screw with this challenge in mind but perhaps a reread of Niffenegger's book will win out. Another option is The Woman in Black which I may end up taking The Heiress to see if we need something to do on a rainy evening.
Sometimes a trip can be the inspiration needed to pull a certain book from a shelf but in this case it's the other way around. No doubt there will be at least one night spent having a nightmare about ghosts and Captain Wentworth. I can't wait!