Feature Blogger: Mabel @ Journal of a Lit Student
OK, I did not find Mabel's review on The Classics Club's enormous list, but Mabel is participating in The Classics Club, and I happen to follow her blog.
So recently, I was reading her review of Persuasion by Jane Austen, and instantly I knew I must read that novel. Mabel's expansive character study intrigued me; I wanted to know more about each character for myself. She also asked captivating questions, such as: "Which is better? To be autonomous as a woman, or to rely on group think?" I thought: "I want to find out."
Hence, I ordered a copy of Persuasion and read it. Now (pause) I found that I did not enjoy it as much as I had expected and hoped for, but even Mabel said it was her least favorite Austen. However, her review of it was brilliant and convincing enough, and I was glad to have read the book after all.
Frankly, all of Mabel's reviews are of similar quality. She shares her emotional insight and experience of every book she reads and dissects the plot and the characters with depth and sincerity.
Therefore, it is no surprise that her thorough reviews about Gone with the Wind, more particularly this last post, have sold me on the epic novel. Well, she has only read it four times already! Her emotional reaction to GWTW is what drew me in, especially her opening paragraph:
A reread! Dear book — words fail me. I can’t imagine ever loving a book as much as I love this one. I think this fourth read is my favorite read to date. I’ll be back, entering it again at a new stage in my life in a new place, to see it again and again in new ways, and remember always the current in comparison to the first read. It’s like my barometer.
It is the emotional experience of reading literature that attracts me to a book, and Mabel does a wonderful job of convincing me that GWTW is one novel I want to experience even at least once in my lifetime. It is on my list to be read very soon.