So, what are the rest of you grown-ups reading? In between kids' books, I am slogging my way through Nabokov's Pale Fire. Seeing as how I loved Pnin, I expected to love Pale Fire, and, alas, I do not. Maybe the love will blossom once I am finished with Pale Fire. Sometimes that happens. PF strikes me as alternately quite funny, then mean, and then tedious. And the cycle repeats itself...in random order. If any of you are Pale Fire cheerleaders, please chime in and tell me your stories of wonder and amazement. 2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate? NAB-o-kov, na-BOK-ov!
On a break from my trying excursions with Professor Kinbote and John Shade (see the above), I read Lily King's new novel, The English Teacher, which I highly recommend. Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles is central to the plot, which concerns a tightly wound high-school English teacher with a secret.