This weekend I shall be reading the following books:
In 1964, Hary Kemelman published the first Rabbi David Small novel. This novel, Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late, won a 1965 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and led to the publication of eleven other novels centered around a conservative Jewish Rabbi, who is a master of Talmudic logic. Kemelman and Agatha Christie were my first foray into the world of cozy mysteries and gave me a great love of the sub-genre.
- Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late – 1964
- Saturday, the Rabbi Went Hungry – 1966
- Sunday, the Rabbi Stayed Home – 1969
- Monday, the Rabbi Took off – 1972
- Tuesday, the Rabbi Saw Red – 1973
- Wednesday, the Rabbi Got Wet – 1976
- Thursday, the Rabbi Walked Out – 1978
- Conversations With Rabbi Small – 1981
- Someday the Rabbi Will Leave – 1985
- One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross – 1987
- The Day the Rabbi Resigned – 1992
- That Day the Rabbi Left Town – 1996
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During June and July, I have undertaken the Herculean task of reading War and Peace by Count Leo Tolstoy. Outside of Turgenev, I have never read a piece of Russian literature, but was compelled to read this massive tome when I learned of the War and Peace Read-a-long created and hosted by two BookTubers who I greatly admire: Ange of Beyond the Pages and Yamini of TheSkepticalReader.
To facilitate the reading and discussion of this novel, the hosts have created a group at GoodReads and a Twitter feed which will be the mode of information dissemination, as well as facilitated discussion.
Personally, I will be reading the Penguin Classics edition of War and Peace, written by County Leo Tolstoy and translated by Anthony Briggs; however, the hosts have spoken of several translations that can be read in their introductory videos: Ange, Yamini, and their live stream collaboration.
They have also created a reading schedule and various translation samples using Google docs.
My Briggs’ edition contains 1399 pages, which may be daunting to some readers, but I have been assured that this is a wonderful read and the novel’s size should not be a deterrent to its enjoyment.