Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
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parallels

One interesting result of my joining bookcrossing is that as I cull books from my shelves, to liberate them, I find some that I had meant to read but didn't. And I don't feel like letting them loose until I have. So right now I am reading:

The Portable Oscar Wilde, which is a compendium of various Wilde pieces, with more than one introduction by various scholarly fellows
Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, which also features several introductions, including notes on the translation.

There are some odd parallels between these two works. They both concern themselves in large part with evil and what man can do, yet the two writers were personally and literally very different. I am wondering if I will, by reading them more or less simultaneously, find deeper connections or contrasts.

I also muse about where I should leave books of this nature and the likelihood that the person who finds them would be interested in reading either.
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