Next Book: Castle Rackrent
It’s been a long semester, but I’m finally within a couple weeks from being done! And that means that after I get my final projects done, I’ll have tons of time for reading again! And where am I starting? With all that Irish literature that I wanted to dig into earlier this year, starting with Castle Rackrent.
This book was written in the 1800’s, and, according to Wikipedia, it’s often regarded as the first historical novel. It tells the story of the Rackrents and how each sucessive heir to the estate managed their affairs. Because it’s a large estate, there are many Irish laborers under their control, and, as you might imagine, they tend to get the short end of the stick. The narrator seems determined to speak well of the Rackrents, but the reader can see how things truly stand.
This is a short one, only 85 pages, but the book I checked out from the university library also includes The Absentee, which was written by the same author. Since it’s also on the 1001 list, I may read it afterwards if I have time. I also think that this book is really cool because it really has the look of an old classic. The copyright page says published in 1903, which means that it’s physically a very old book. I think it’s really cool to read a book that’s probably been in the university library for years and years and there are still people like me reading it.
Right now, I’m 20 pages in. We’ll see how I feel about it later on. For now, I feel as though I’ve just started to get into it.