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Ashenden, or, The British Agent
W. Somerset Maugham
Progress: 63/239 pages
Three Men In The Dark
Jerome K. Jerome, Robert Barr, Barry Pain, Hugh Lamb
Progress: 263/311 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 402 pages.

Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol, Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear

hoo-kayy...bravely confronting the Big Uknown--meaning, in my case, those great Russian Works Of Literature. I've done some Pushkin short stories, seen a Turgenev play, and I've steadfastly avoided intimidating Russian writing--especially in the long form--for many a year. and then I remembered, in my acting days I did perform in Gogol's The Inspector-General, playing the whiny little bastard who comes to town and is mistaken for, well, an Inspector-General, and thus has his ass kissed by everyone he meets, until it's time to get the heck out of Dodge. it was a fun play, and so, with fond memories of the Gogol way of doing Comedy (yes, I'm wimping out and picking a "light" Russian Classice--sorry, Anna Karenina, maybe one day...), I'm sampling Dead Souls. I almost put it away again, in favor of contemporary Horror or Fantasy, but I'll feel bad if I keep doing that. time to buckle down and take the big first step into this new world of Russian novels. new to me. I can tell you the first 15 pages were good.