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January 12th, 2013

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#1 Frederic Morton: Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889
Episodes or, rather, screenshots of live in Vienna. Having lived in Vienna for a while and being interested in the history of that particular time, I have really enjoyed the book. I also never cease to be amazed by how many famous people were all there at the same time: Freud, Klimt, Strauss, Brahms, Bruckner - to name but a few. The most noticeable happening of the time was, of course, the Mayerling affair, and, by the way, the musical 'Rudolf: Affaire Mayerling' is apparently based on one of Morton's books.

#2-#4 Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility. Pride and Prejudice. Mansfield Park.
This year, I've decided to pay more attention to all those anthologies which were bought or presented as a gift and never actually read. Complete works of Jane Austen is one such book. Of the three, Pride and Prejudice is definitely the better written. The ending of the 'Sense and Sensibility' appears absolutely arbitrary 'let's just make everybody happy' type of thing. The heroes of Mansfield Park are, perhaps, too old-fashioned for me, but they definitely deserve each other.

#5 Robert Silverberg: Lord Valentine's Castle
I like fantasy and was looking forward to the cycle of Majipoor, but I've found the book very boring. The only saving grace was the narrator Stefan Rudnicki (it was an audio book), who has got a very very very nice voice.

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