Sunday, January 30, 2011
A Few Words from Irving and Poe
But that task doesn't require my whole attention: listening to recorded books improves the hours. I've listened to two, so far: The Washington Irving Library (on cassette) though old, is worth mentioning because of the pleasure of hearing his work read by Elliot Gould, Efram Zimblist, Jr, Jamie Farr, and Susan Anspach.
I didn't care for Rural Life in England very much because it was so generalized, nothing was ever described in particular. But the short fiction was very good; I like the folktale effect he does so well. I had already read Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow before, but not the Spectral Bridegroom or the other pieces.
I'm partway through The Mytsery of Marie Roget and still have The Purloined Letter to look forward to. Without these recorded books to entice me, I doubt if I'd pursue my cleaning chores with such assiduity.