Thoughts On A Quiet Sunday Evening

If you’re on Twitter at all, even once every other day would be more than I, you’ll see all kinds of new tweets from me. Only, they’re incorrect.

In the switching of platforms from Blogger to WordPress, my imported posts somehow became all smooshed: the text is cramped, the pictures are off to one side or another, and I am in the process of editing over 1,100 posts. When I click “update”, it sends out a tweet that I’ve posted something new when I haven’t.

So that’s been fun.

In other news, I’ve been preparing for German Literature Month this November. I have on my side table a slim volume of Thomas Mann’s book, Black Swan. It apparently “reveals his (Mann’s) mastery of psychological analysis and his profound perceptions into the mysterious realm where the physical and the spiritual meet.”  I’m also reading Cornelia Funke’s book, Inkheart, to my class. It is a read-aloud in which they are fully absorbed.


But, what I really want to discover is Buddenbrooks. 

First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was twenty-five, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family–a work so true to life that it scandalized the author’s former neighbors in his native Lubeck. As he charts the Buddenbrooks’ decline from prosperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence and madness, Mann ushers the reader into a world of rich vitality, pieced together from births and funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip, and earthy humor. (Vintage back cover)

I’m wondering if any of you would care to read it with me? We could take all of November, and I would love to share the experience with reading friends.

So tomorrow, thanks to Christopher Columbus, will be a day off of work. A day to enjoy pumpkin pancakes and pork sausage with apples, a day to read by my front window ’til dark.

I am already relishing the time…

25 thoughts on “Thoughts On A Quiet Sunday Evening”

  1. I think I should do this. I’ve been re-reading lots of books from when I was in my 20’s and 30’s and finding an entirely different experience. There is an episode in this book with a tooth that has stayed with me for decades. So, yes I’ll read along. BTW, I think the blurb should be 1900, not 1990.


  2. I gave up on Twitter (and Pinterest) sometime in late spring or early summer. I was spending too much time on the computer and something had to give. I honestly don’t miss either one at all.

    Enjoy your day off. I suspect our store will be full of kids and parents, looking for something to do before heading to the movies, especially since it looks like we’ll have more rain (it started a little bit ago). I’m going to work on keeping a smile pasted to my face. 😉


    1. I wouldn’t miss Twitter, either. People must be glued to their “me-machines” (Joshua Ferris’ term) to check on tweets all day long.

      I suppose all the kids which are normally in school will indeed be at Barnes and Noble. As for rain, just when I read your comment my husband said, “It looks like it’s raining outside.”

      See? Different states, same spirits. xo


  3. all is answered I did wonder when i got some pingbacks for the iffp books , think lot people swapping to wordpress , know kim from reading matter did it the other week as well .


    1. I’d like to tell you it’s all set now, but it isn’t. You’ll probably see quite a few more tweets and ping backs as I’m only one third of the way through updating. One of the hings that I love about WordPress is how I seem to have more comments from you; it really blesses me, Stu, to have your input. Also, I love Kim’s new blog, especially the Spun theme she chose. Some day, I may have to change to that theme myself. Shocking, I know. 😉


  4. Like Stu, I received a couple of pingback notifications from your blog this weekend so now I know why! Thanks for linking to my posts.

    I’m looking forward to searching my shelves for German Lit Month reads, and I have two or three books in mind. My book group is reading All Quiet on the Western Front for the end of October/early November, so that’ll fit right in.


    1. Jacqui, as I mentioned to Stu above. Blogging with you is a total pleasure. You’re so welcome for any links, and thank you for your input here.

      All Quiet On The Western Front was tempting to me, but il can’t bear war books now that my son is a Marine. So, I’ll read it vicariously through you and your posts (although I seem to remember reading it in high school).


      1. Oh, I can imagine your wanting to steer clear of All Quiet as some passages are almost unbearably piercing. I’ll be posting it in early November. Looking forward to hearing more about your GLM choices.


  5. I’m tempted to read The Magic Mountain but I must admit, reading Buddenbrooks with someone would be great as well. I’ll have to think about it.
    I’ve got a whole pile of Cornelia Funke books.
    May I ask – how old are the kids you read this too?


    1. I would have read The Magic Mountain, too, if I’d been able to obtain it from our worse-than-horrible-library. Your post which enumerated the wonders of Buddenbrooks was what convinced me to go there.

      As for Cornelia Funke, I’ve read The Thief Lord to my class years ago, but I didn’t like that. Then my husband’s nieces said how much they loved Inkheart which I read to myself about six years ago. I loved it SO much that I bought Inkspell and Inkdeath, too, it I haven’t read them yet. So, to answer your question, my class is eight and nine years of age. But, this group is particularly bright, and I always try to stretch my class’ knowledge of literature as high as I can go. They are really loving this book.


      1. I’m glad to hear they like it. I’ve got The Ghost Knigth and The Little Werewolf as well. One is Middel Grade, the other for smaller children, I think. I never really felt like reading The Thief Lord but I’m looking forward to get to Inkheart. Too many plans.
        Buddenbrooks must be great but The Magic Mountain is set in a region of Switzerland I used to visit often.


        1. Really, Caroline, you must read Inkheart. It is light, but exciting, filled with delectable a for us bibliophiles. It would be just the ticket after the sad Agnes Grey you’ve just finished, but we wouldn’t have time for that and Buddenbrooks, which is surely more important in terms of classic literature.


  6. Now this is a temptation! I have a copy of Buddenbrooks on my shelf and it would be wonderful to read with friends, but we’ll be away for 10 days in November and then gearing up for Thanksgiving. Will give it some thought…


    1. It’s true that there is Thanksgiving to think about, and it is quite thick. But, even if we don’t finish it perfectly by November’s end we can get most done. However, of course do what suits you. I’m glad you’re even considering it, JoAnn.


  7. Hi Bellezza, my twitter life is down to my pomesallsizes daily tweet. As to German Lit Month I may post a few poems from that nation , but will follow otherwise from a distance.


    1. Parrish, I’ll be so glad for whatever input you have. I must remember to check on Twitter for your pomesallsizes. I tend to forget about Twitter, and I don’t want to miss out on your “posts”.


  8. Just found out about the Buddenbrooks readalong. I love Buddenbrooks and it is due for a reread. I’d love to squeeze it in, but I’m not sure I can – unfortunately. I look forward to watching you enjoy though!


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