The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar : or light relief from marking?
Have you seen LibriVox
- a fine collection of Public Domain literaturee read aloud as MP3s for free download (a great source for listening while driving - but only after you've done the Bible in a Year of course ;)
- or a fine collection of friendly cooperative volunteers - the helpfulness and welcome is like being a a young "volunteer" in my student days and the apparent community is like Blogaria in the "old" days!
How do I know?
Well, I'm still in full marking crisis mode (except when I am required to take time out for "important" [so they keep telling me, so important the students can wait another few hours...for their marks] meetings ;) So, naturally after weeks of this I need a break from time to time, recently I took an evening when Barbara was at her choir Mid-winter Christmas (don't ask, it's a Southern Hemisphere thing) and I joined the club
, got the secret handshake
and read a chapter of The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar
. I did chapter six, but if you what to listen it is a big download as it is an hour at 128kbps, they'll make it 64 kbps as well once it goes public... in the meantime the sneak preview is a BIG file
Maurice Leblanc (Writer) 1864-1941
image from Wikipedia
ne Lupin is great stuff, a sort of Gallic super Sherlock, but on the wrong side of the law, if really on the right side of life... full of nice irony aexaggerationion, with an unreliable narrator and everything! (But from a century ago...) Just to whet your appetites, how's this for a blurb:
Arsène Lupin in our midst! the irresponsible burglar whose exploits had been narrated in all the newspapers during the past few months! the mysterious individual with whom Ganimard, our shrewdest detective, had been engaged in an implacable conflict amidst interesting and picturesque surroundings. Arsène Lupin, the eccentric gentleman who operates only in the chateaux and salons, and who, one night, entered the residence of Baron Schormann, but emerged empty-handed, leaving, however, his card on which he had scribbled these words: "Arsène Lupin, gentleman-burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine." Arsène Lupin, the man of a thousand disguises: in turn a chauffer, detective, bookmaker, Russian physician, Spanish bull-fighter, commercial traveler, robust youth, or decrepit old man. . . ."
Now, with stories like these to read, while liberating historic culture, who could fail to become a LibriVox volunteer (even if you have surpassed your own marking crisis)!