This week is my most productive week for the Literary Classics Reading Challenge so far. I have done with Black Beauty, and it has been a very relaxing moment after reading a Dickens J. I’ve been enjoying Black Beauty for only 2 or 3 days, mostly in the weekend.
Then I started a new week with a new book with a fresh excitement. Oscar Wilde’s ThePicture of Dorian Gray was my choice, and I’m glad I’d picked this book. Dorian Gray is a kind of psychological story, and I always love fictions which talk a lot about psychological aspects. Besides that, I’m in the mood for reading Victorian books for A Victorian Celebration. Dorian Gray is also a perfect choice for Indonesian Book Blogger’s group read of this month theme: gothic, and will be counted as my ninth classics for Classics Club Project.
At first I thought Dorian Gray will be quite fast, for it is only 256 pages. However after finishing chapter 1, I soon realized that this is a book that you must digest slowly to be able to get the best of it. If book is a drink, Dorian Gray is a cup of coffee…instead of drinking it in gulps, you should take it sip by sip, while savouring the bitter-sweet taste, feeling the warmth liquid flowing through your throat and inhaling the sweet fragrance that come into your nostrils. There are many aspects in a cup of coffee that you can enjoy, which, if you drink it in a hurry, you will lose the sensation! J (writing this made me crave for a cup of coffee!).
And so, I decided to read Dorian Gray chapter by chapter, and write a post for each chapter (sometimes I will write for 2 chapters in a post) right after I read the chapter. I won’t leap to next chapter before I sit down and pour all my thoughts of what I have read in my PDA (I usually do it after dinner), to be posted the next morning. That way, I can read a new chapter in the next morning with a new excitement.
Reading AND writing takes a long time indeed, and I haven’t had much time lately, but I think it’s worth the satisfaction I got from this book. Anyway, I can always catch up the schedule on weekend, and hope I can finish it by end of this month. If you are curious with The Picture of Dorian Gray, you can take a look at my chapter posts on my sidebar. But I warn you, you might find spoilers on them!
Well, that’s my week, what about you, how is your classics reading this week?