Friday, December 30, 2011
A Clarissa Read-a-long
One of my 2012 reading goals is to read Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. Clarissa is an 18th century epistolary novel that is composed of 537 letters and is about 1500 pages long. I've wanted to read it for a very long time, but just couldn't seem to commit until I read a lovely tribute to this book written by o on her blog Delaisse.
Here is a Plot synopsis (from Amazon.com):
Pressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa Harlowe is tricked into fleeing with the witty and debonair Robert Lovelace and places herself under his protection. Lovelace, however, proves himself to be an untrustworthy rake whose vague promises of marriage are accompanied by unwelcome and increasingly brutal sexual advances. And yet, Clarissa finds his charm alluring, her scrupulous sense of virtue tinged with unconfessed desire. Told through a complex series of interweaving letters, "Clarissa" is a richly ambiguous study of a fatally attracted couple and a work of astonishing power and immediacy. A huge success when it first appeared in 1747, and translated into French and German, it remains one of the greatest of all European novels.
I will be reading Clarissa with JoAnn at Lakeside Musing (see her post). The plan is to read the letters close to the corresponding dates of January 10th through December 18th. As you can see, this is a year long reading project. I've downloaded the Penguin Classics edition to my ereader. JoAnn will be reading the same edition in print.
I know there are a few other people out there who have already expressed an interest in reading along with me and JoAnn. There is also a separate read-a-long with Allie of A Literary Odyssey and Jillian from A Room of One's Own. I believe they are reading during April.
JoAnn and I will probably be posting reading updates once a month and will be chatting on Twitter. I will add a Mr. Linky in my monthly Clarissa posts. Please feel free to leave a link to your own Clarissa posts during the read-a-long; even if you are reading it for another read-a-long or reading it solo.
Would you like to join us? Just leave a comment on this post or with JoAnn.