Back from Paris and now from Neuchâtel, this week's been all about reading. In A's office, at a coffee shop/breakfast diner in Lausanne, in A's family's living room, in my office, at my desk...
I picked up Zadie Smith's latest novel, Swing Time, right before getting on the train to Paris and I've slowly been making my way through it for the past ten days. I'd say I don't want to put it down, but I also want to read it in small bits so as to appreciate it as much as possible. Anchored in honest realism, it's as enlightening as it is enchanting. I still have a bit less than two hundred pages to go, but I already don't want it to end.
Otherwise, it's been back to Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales for me. I've decided to work on The Wife of Bath for my upcoming oral exam (my last ever exam if things go well!), so I've been making my way through all the criticism I've picked out. I've done a lot of medieval literature over my grad school years, but this is the first time I'm not taking the medievalism from a text and running towards the modern... so I have to admit that I'm somewhat terrified.
We'll see how things go...
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