- Meredith, Martin — The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (736 pages)
- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o — Wizard of the Crow (766 pages)
- Coetzee, J.M. — Life & Times of Michael K (182 pages)
- Saint-Exupery, Antoine de — The Little Prince (101 pages)
- Brunner, John — Stand on Zanzibar (661 pages)
- Dahl, Roald — Fantastic Mr Fox (79 pages)
Page count: 2525.
On ayelle's recommendation, I wanted to watch the recent animated movie, Fantastic Mr Fox. And of course, I don't like to watch a movie based on a well-known book unless I've read the book first. So I asked the Mad Fisher if I could borrow her copy of Fantastic Mr Fox and read it on the way to and from Mass this morning.
I liked it, of course, but not quite as much as I liked The BFG or James and the Giant Peach. I wonder if this has anything to do with reading the edition illustrated by Jill Bennett rather than the one illustrated by Quentin Blake. Bennett's illustrations were delightful, but Blake's style works magic for me. Of course, perhaps my opinion is due to Fantastic Mr Fox being simpler and more straightforward than the other two.
The movie is very different from the book, naturally. It would almost have to be, as there really isn't enough in the book to flesh into a movie. In addition to adding story before and after the events of the book, the movie adds new characters, takes away a few of Dahl's characters, and completely changes who Mr. Fox is. Once I got over these changes, though, and got used to the movie's quirky charm, I found I very much enjoyed it, too.
(There is also an operatic adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox, but I have not yet had the pleasure of acquainting myself with it.)