aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Will you make a New Year’s resolution to read a classic book?

In 2011, why not read a classic book you’ve always wanted to read - but in bite-sized installments?

DailyLit.com has the perfect free service. You choose the days and times you want to read and get short book installments by email or RSS feed. You can read on any computer or mobile device (like an iPhone).

A couple of years ago, I read Flatland via Daily Lit. It’s a book that takes place in a two-dimensional universe. I had promised myself for years that I would read it, but I didn’t until it started to show up in chunks in my inbox (hm, almost sounds like the actions of a crazy serial killer - but these were book parts, not body parts).

Some of Daily Lit's suggestions:
The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri: The Inferno (38 parts); The Purgatory (33 parts); The Paradise (33 parts)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (145 parts)
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (240 parts)
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust (206 parts)
Moby Dick by Herman Melville (260 parts)
Ulysses by James Joyce (332 parts)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (423 parts)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (579 parts)
The Arabian Nights (633 parts)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (663 parts)

I picked Wuthering Heights and just read my first installment today. It took less than a couple of minutes.

I will say it seems a tad overwritten, at least from 2010 standards. “Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy. 'The Lord help us!' he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.”

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