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August 31, 2008

The Sunday Salon: Short stories

But first of all Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. OK, I know,it isn’t a short story. ON my other blog (dediated to female writers) there vas a mini-voting about which stores I should write a post September. I offered mostly classic books t my readers, and the other winner was the Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. (I think, I’ll read it in the second half of the month.)

Mansfield Park is funny. I read it at the very first time, I’ve only seen the movie adaptation with Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller. I know it’s quite different to the original story, because the film bases on Jane Austen’s letters form the young age. (Or generally on her letters? Hm, I’m a bit confused now).

Anyway, I always enjoy her characters, the way, how the special and well known types of people she portrays. The storyline? Oh, it’s easy, everybody knows how will it ends. But the characters! Really, really funny.

So, this is my Sunday program on the one hand, and on the other hand are short stories by young Hungarian writers.

I usually write short stories, so it’s always interesting and useful to study how the “colleagues” do it. It’s interesting to see, how different tendencies my generation follows.

Well, it’s maybe too early to say anything about these oeuvres.

Maybe in 20-30 years.

Happy reading!

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Table Talk said...

Like you, I love 'Mansfield Park' and I thought the film was interesting even though it was very much a film of it's time rather than that of when it was written. I don't envy you reading 'Wuthering Heights' however. It is my bete noir and I have given up even trying to read it. I just want to spank all the main characters and tell them to grow up and stop being so completely selfish.

Anni said...

Hm, sounds interesting, the reason why you don't like the WH is the same, why I love it. I've read it several times, and I love the deviance of the characters.
I find always fancinating, this young woman, living countryside, far form the grat cities, how she could so great portray this selfish and dark side of the human nature.
But... well, on the other hand that kind of story with his simple but rude characters couldn't exist in a metropolis like London or Paris, the people (the way how people are described) are usualy more sophisticated there.

gautami tripathy said...

I loved Wuthering Heights. But I can't stand Austen.

Do check on my reading plans

Colleen said...

I love Austen and Bronte both. I'm with you Anni; I love that the characters in WH are so unlovable and twisted.
Budapest is the most beautiful city I've ever been too. I had so much fun when I was there, and I want to go back! I'm interested in the Hungarian short stories you mentioned; are there any you recommend?

Anni said...

Hello colleen, welcome!
The concept of this blog is quite new, I ususally try to write about author, who's books are avaible in English, and the short stories of the youngest generation aren't translated yet, but I maybe write about them in my next TSS post;)
On the other hand, I've joined to a short story challenge, and I plan to write mostly about Hungarian stories, wich are avaible in translated version; so, it's worth to come back to this site ;)

I love Budapest too, I live in a little town in the North-Western part of the county, close to the Austrian border, and I find our capital always fascinating, when I visit it.

 
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