Day: February 19, 2011

A Book A Week, Until Bovary

I began this year with the intention of reading a book a week for the entirety of 2011.  I was doing quite well until I decided to tackle “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert.  It’s not that I don’t like “Madame Bovary;” I do, very much so, but the language is so archaic that it takes me a while to get into the “zone” each time I pick up where I left off, especially when I’m reading on the bus. I’m reminded, in my struggle, of the time I decided to start jogging every day.  I did just fine, for three whole days, until it rained.  I’m afraid that Madame Bovary is going to be my rain—and the downfall of my edification process— if I don’t get my act together this weekend. Of course, my previous picks haven’t been all the edifying.  I began the year with Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang.”  As you might gather from the title, this wasn’t particularly high brow.  In fact, it comprised mainly practical jokes (which were rather cruel) …