Thursday, April 26, 2012

The holy trinity of Modern Library books

Let's just have a little Modern Library moment here, shall we? I mean, it's been a while. These are, in my humble opinion, three of the best books ever written: Wuthering Heights, The Portrait of a Lady and The Old Wives' Tale. The last one, by Arnold Bennett, isn't nearly as well known as the other two. I mean, I'm a total English lit major dork and I'd never heard of it until I bought this copy at a library sale, simply because I'm striving toward a complete Modern Library collection. Turned out it wasn't just a lovely edition to look at (despite the slightly tattered dustjacket) but an amazing book to, you know, actually read. A naturalist novel, about the remarkable/unremarkable lives of a pair of sisters, spanning the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll mostly cry—just read it, okay?

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