Books Read – May 2011

Well, I updated the list here, but it was hardly worth the bother. I don’t think I’ve even altered a single thing on my “Currently Reading” list (and it’s not just because I’m too lazy to update it). Too much else to do this month, I’m afraid. Still, next month should be a bumper one! If it’s going well, perhaps I’ll have a half-monthly update. – The Sci-Fi, I’ll do a separate post on sometime.


4 thoughts on “Books Read – May 2011

  1. I love the variety of things you have on your Currently Reading lists (most usually unread by me at that), so I’ll look forward to hearing about these books once you make more progress. Recently finished an Onetti novella (Los adioses) which I liked and might try to squeeze in A Brief Life or the prequel to The Shipyard sometime soon. Been buying too many books of late to focus, though–even without your Lucian recommendation, which sounds like a gas!

  2. Is the prequel to The Shipyard, Juntacadavares? – in which case I’ve read it (and reckon it’s slightly better than The Shipyard). I’ve got A Brief Life, which some seem to think his best book – but as a one book per author per year person, it’ll be a while before I get round to it. – My next Latin-Am book (aside from the Machado de Assis I’m already reading) will I think be Ricardo Güiraldes’ classic Don Segundo Sombra (naturally unknown in the English-speaking world), and I was thinking something by Miguel Delibes, to keep continental Spain happy. (I’m assuming Los Adioses isn’t available in English [actually, it is]).

    Yes, that talk of Lucian led me to dig him out from my bookshelf (and also download his complete works from Amazon). Also, in my quest now to prove Cervantes was entirely derivative and unmodern, I’ve ordered Aristo’s Orlando Furioso and Tasso’s La Gerusalemme liberata. I think we’re heading for a Medieval / Renaissance period (when this year was meant to be about c18th). Oh well, I never can stick to reading plan.

  3. Yes on Juntacadáveres, which is the Onetti I wanted to read next before deciding that the renown of A Brief Life as the start of his Santa Maria cycle might make that a more fitting choice at the moment. Haven’t read Don Segundo Sombra yet, but I agree that it’s weird when a canonical work in one language is almost totally unknown in another. I have Delibes’ Cinco horas con Mario awaiting me, but I’ve heard he has several other titles that are worthy of checking out as well. Have loved the only two Machado de Assis novels that I’ve read, and hopefully I’ll have time for the one on Quincas Borbas (or whatever his name is next). Your medieval/renaissance readings should be exciting, for me in particular as Josipovici’s Rabelais talk has made me peeved I haven’t finished reading him yet. In otherw ords, maybe a reshuffling of my own reading plans is due. Cheers!

  4. Lucian is marvellous, but I’ve been thinking about it and I think I was wrong to suggest he influenced Apuleius. As I recall it now, they both wrote the same story about a man transformed into an ass, but both independently, and that the influence was a now lost original from which they both copied (hence the remarkable similarities).

    Orlando Furioso, now it’s arrived, is a bit daunting. A verse romance that is … er … 1,400 pages long.

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