FOR THOSE WHO READ PAPERBACK, HARDBACK OR KINDLE
Vivid recollections of how I had enjoyed Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain....
made me want to read it again but I found it boring so I read Death in Venice
instead - not too long, a novella after all - wonderful!
My reading was
periodically interrupted by visions of Sylvana Mangano, the mother of the
Polish family, in the Luchino Visconti movie....... assuredly the most
beautiful and stylish actress of her generation ......with a sense of humour
[see her in Conversation Piece by the same director.].........Then I
embarked on Mann's first novel Buddenbrooks [burnt by the Nazis] - 600 pages
were a bit daunting--a marvellous story of a Hanseatic port and the
disintegration of a merchant family - so psychologically acute - and engaging!....... thanks to H.T. Lowe-Porter who translated the book into English.