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Wednesday Wayside Dawdling

What I've Just Finished Reading

The Girl in Blue by P. G. Wodehouse. It's kind of an odd Wodehouse, a very late book, if the publisher's date is correct -- 1970! I didn't think to check until there was a stray reference to the moon landing; other than that and one or two other details, you'd never guess it hadn't been written in the Thirties. Maybe knowing the publication date made it feel more faded than it would have otherwise, but there's no way to tell now. It's mild and pleasant but not hilarious.

What I'm Reading Now

I haven't made much progress on Titus Groan or The Group; I've been in kind of a procrastinatory stew over the past couple of weeks and can't account very well for my whereabouts or activities. But I'm still enjoying them both a lot.

Also reading: Some Words of Jane Austen, which is exactly the sort of "literary criticism" I like to read. It's just this guy who's really into Jane Austen, going on a tear about the importance of various words like "sensibility" and "amiable," plus lots of quotes from the juvenilia, which invariably make me laugh.

What I Plan to Read Next

Probably How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge, whenever I finish Titus Groan. It's not next on the 99 Novels chronology, but it is in my house. It's also getting to be about time to read the next C. P. Snow book, The Light and the Dark, but I will have to get that one from the library.

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lost_spook
Nov. 25th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
I remember being disappointed with Girl in Blue, too - I have a feeling your 'faded' verdict is apt, although it's almost inevitable in very late entries, I think.

Hope you're holding up with whatever is causing all the procrastination.
evelyn_b
Nov. 25th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My procrastination source is 90% Yuletide right now, though Yuletide procrastination has spread into the rest of my life, like a gigantic vine. If I can make some progress on my assignment today or tomorrow, it will help me stop avoiding everything else along with it.

The Girl in Blue is structurally sounder than the really early Psmith Journalist (though structurally weak compared to most Wodehouse I've read) but it doesn't have a lot of energy. It probably is inevitable, though I always wish it were otherwise. Mortality, ugh.
lost_spook
Nov. 25th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
It did cross my mind that it must be! Good luck with actually getting further on it! (♥)

Mortality is a terrible thing, but then I hear immortality is worse.
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