As some of you may know, I have been prejudiced towards Dutch literature for years on end. At the end of 2010, I decided that this had to change. And what better way to give Dutch literature another try than to turn it into a major project? I am currently at the start of said project, even if, for the past couple of months, I have been preparing by reading Dutch works more regularly. Today is the grand kick-off of a month of featuring Dutch literature on my blog. Posts will include the last 2 parts of the read along of The Discovery of Heaven, guests post from fellow bloggers on their experience with Dutch books, thoughts and reviews of classic and modern Dutch literature, male and female authors. I have opted for books I have had in my TBR pile for years, books that are included in the 1001 books you must read before you die list and I may even challenge myself and read one of the authors I am most prejudiced towards: Kluun or Wolkers. However, please don’t hold me to that promise.
So, why “Educating Iris”? Because, that is what I am trying to do. I have never claimed to be an expert on any of the books or genres that I write about on this blog. And you could say I am very much catching up on reading English literature that every one else seems to have read already. I always blame my being a non-native English speaker. But, that does not seem the most legitimate excuse anymore. Especially since I have been reading English books instead of Dutch ones ever since I felt comfortable enough to read Pride and Prejudice in English. Lately, I feel that however much I love reading books from outside my own country, I do need to give Dutch literature another try. Moreover, I feel I should try to promote it a little, since I see so few Dutch authors featured on any of the book blogs I read.
I hope I will be able to motivate you to join me in reading some Dutch literary works. This is why, throughout the month, I will refer to it as A Month of Dutch Literature, even if it once started out as a personal project I told myself would be about educating myself. Tomorrow I will post a second resource list of suggested books [find the first one here], but feel free to pick any other book you come across. As I have said, I know next to nothing of Dutch literature myself, so I’m sure you’ll do fine on your own. I will post a wrap up in the middle and at the end of June, linking to your posts if you leave the links on my blog [preferably on one of the recent posts]. I will also give away one book to anyone who participated at the end of the month.
I do hope you join me, or that the posts will at least make & keep you interested!