February 23rd, 2009

Macbeth the Usurper

Getting Wordy

I've been listening to some audiobooks to get my wordiness up. I picked some wonderfully wordy authors. I don't mean NEEDLESSLY wordy, I mean wordy in the sense that many things get talked about in some, even if limited, depth.

For the ride to and from work, I've been going through Pride and Prejudice. The prose is very matter-of-fact and the subject fairly ordinary. I do enjoy that I hear about English life from a modern perspective. It is tempting to think of this as an historical work, but it is not. This is a contemporary work from a historical time. That's minor distinction with a huge impact. What that means is that their view of the everyday does not get explained, and the situation is the subject, not the time or the place.

At home, I am listening to the Jungle Book just to get some Kipling into my brain. I chose this for the RICHNESS of the storytelling, and the tremendous characterization given to each beast.

Coming up is some Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Twain (Life on the Mississippi), and Dickens (Hard Time).