Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again!
Do you read classics? If so, what is your favorite?
Absolutely! I adore classics! Picking a favourite is so hard, though, as there are so many great ones. Just listing the first five that pop into my head in this moment, then, I will choose: Les Misérables, Eugene Onegin, Crime and Punishment, Northanger Abbey, and Jane Eyre.
The war had not yet come to us.
From page 56:
He had had the eyes of a child, but he had held himself perfectly erect as only those taught by the best court tutors could.
He's a trickster, a
player, a jester. His handshake's like a pact with the devil, his smile
like a crack in the clouds; he's watching you now and he's gone when you
turn. Tyll Ulenspiegel is here!
In a village like every other
village in Germany, a scrawny boy balances on a rope between two trees.
He's practising. He practises by the mill, by the blacksmiths; he
practises in the forest at night, where the Cold Woman whispers and
goblins roam. When he comes out, he will never be the same.
will escape the ordinary villages. In the mines he will defy death. On
the battlefield he will run faster than cannonballs. In the courts he
will trick the heads of state. As a travelling entertainer, his journey
will take him across the land and into the heart of a never-ending war.
prince's doomed acceptance of the Bohemian throne has European armies
lurching brutally for dominion and now the Winter King casts a sunless
pall. Between the quests of fat counts, witch-hunters and scheming
queens, Tyll dances his mocking fugue; exposing the folly of kings and
the wisdom of fools.
With macabre humour and moving humanity,
Daniel Kehlmann lifts this legend from medieval German folklore and
enters him on the stage of the Thirty Years' War. When citizens become
the playthings of politics and puppetry, Tyll, in his demonic grace and
his thirst for freedom, is the very spirit of rebellion - a cork in
water, a laugh in the dark, a hero for all time.