Books Read – March 2010

I might as well put this up now, since my will to finish any more books this month has collapsed. I really thought I’d get through twice as many as I did. Still, next month should be better: – a lot of books I’m near the end of. Mini-reviews as always here, and they really are mini this month.

A name:

  • Pierre Louÿs – a very enjoyable writer, though from Wikipedia you’d get the idea he was merely a high-class pornographer (and perhaps he is … perhaps he is). I might put up a post about this particular novel in a day or two.

Not a great month then, it’s true: – but there should be a couple of 8s and 9s next month!!! (Perhaps you can even guess which they are from the list on the left).

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5 thoughts on “Books Read – March 2010

  1. I hope the Wedgwood is one as I have it on the shelf. And I’m sure that bowsy Moore has seen you right.

    I though “Jew Suss – isn’t that a Nazi relic of some kind?” – but I see the Goebbels film is a complete perversion of the book.

    A man who can inspire the sentence “a parody whose obscenity is almost unparalleled even in the long history of French clandestine publishing” has to be worth a post of his own.

  2. Obooki, nice to meet another Onetti fan and what a cool blog you have, too (sorry it took me so long to discover it even after Wuthering Expectations gave it a seal of approval). Look forward to hearing what you thought of Laforet’s Nada, which I read this month and greatly enjoyed, and Munif’s Cities of Salt, which I’m still waiting to read at some point after purchasing it a few months back. Cheers!

  3. Yes, I think most likely the answer is: all of them, except for the ones at the top. (Euripides, if he keeps up the standard of Ion.)

    The Wedgwood is really very good: I spent much of the weekend reading it, rather than finishing other books like I was supposed to. It’s everything I want a history book to be: i.e. wars and kings and nations and such, and nothing much about, for instance, the economic basis of production within the various states in the Seventeenth Century.

    Jew Süss is interesting: like Nietzsche, I wouldn’t necessarily say the Nazi reading is “a complete perversion”. You can certainly see how you might turn it into a piece of Nazi propaganda: – it has a strong line in Jewish financiers who manipulate the world (and particularly “honest” Germans) from behind the scenes. I’d like to get hold of Feuchtwanger’s book about the Munich putsch. – It’s very well written, by the way – and interesting in the way that almost every book written in German round that time seems to be interesting. (And about much the same world as the Wedgwood).

  4. Hi Richard and welcome: yes, Onetti is a marvellous (if thoroughly depressing) writer – I think I’ve another 2 or 3 books stuck up on my shelves of his yet to read (though I’ll give him a break now for a bit). Nada I’m finding “all right” – strange, certainly – but perhaps it’s up against too much stiff competition. Munif is good too, but I have to battle against my fear of long books.

    Actually, thinking through all the books I’m currently reading, I think my favourites are two not yet mentioned, Ernst Weiss and Jean Paul (Richter). (A lot of Germans, all of a sudden – and more in the pipeline!).

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