The Week Ahead

Welcome to this edition of The Week Ahead.
This week we will be starting off with Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible.
This is set in the Belgian Congo, or Zaire or the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the late 1950s.
It is the tale of a family of missionaries, and was the first Booklitzer book I read and wrote a review for back in 2008.  See if you agree with my view of the book, I know there are others who would hold a different opinion from my own.

We have our regular bookish quote for you on Wednesday, and on Friday we will have the review of White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

Set in north London it follows two families, one headed by Archie and the other by Samad.  They have been friends from the time they served together in World War II.  We are taken along on their journey through marriage and the upbringing of their respective children.
This novel won the Whitbread Award for First Novel in 2000.

Now, for the geek and nerd readers out there.  Sorry, I mean the technologically adept readers.  Here is something for you to consider if you own an iPad.  In the iBooks app you can take yourself off to the Apple store and download, for free, a fair number of classic works.  Some of which we would love to have you review for us.
Briefly, here are some of the free classics that also appear on the 1001 list.

  • 726. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  • 748. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
  • 749. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  • 752. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • 780. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • 783. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  • 794. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • 804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 808. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • 809. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • 820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • 822. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • 840. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • 843. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  • 848. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • 853. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • 857. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • 861. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • 863. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • 876. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • 880. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • 893. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  • 904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • 906. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • 935. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott

I have not ventured into Project Gutenberg with this list, simply the Apple store link on the iPad.  There are bound to be others as these are only the ones I have seen and downloaded for my own reading.  Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

Just a reminder, the bold titles are those which are under offer of review, but have not yet appeared here at 1001 Books To Read Before You Die.

Happy reading everyone.


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