It is the second week of our 2016 Reading Challenge – and the challenge this time is: to read a book at least 100 years older than you.
I thought that there were a lot of “classics” that I could choose from, I decided to try something completely out of the box! A lot has been said over the years about 19th century French literature and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. So the book I chose is this:
Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess by Alfred De Musset.
The edition we have in-store is part of a “double book” published by Harper Perennial. It also contains The Diary of a Chambermaid by Octave Mirbeau.
From the description:
“Considered one of the truly great French writers of the nineteenth century, famed poet and novelist Alfred de Musset once decided (as great French writers are wont to do) to try his hand at erotic fiction. The glorious result was Gamiani, a classic tale of sensual pleasure and sexual excess. Reputedly inspired by the debauched history of Musset’s former lover – the irrepressible George Sand – it is the classic erotic story of one man, two women . . . and two incomparable nights of uninhibited sexual adventure.”
Although only around the 100-page mark, this promises to be something completely different. I am looking forward to it!
Last week, the challenge was to read a 20th century classic. I read “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Find my review here.