Another poor month. As usual, I feel I read a lot, just didn’t finish much. Reviews here. Authors and their qualifications under the TBR challenge:
- Leonid Andreyev, Russian – I read a book by him a year probably. The novella Judas Iscariot is very good. Qualifies under the short story rule (which extends, apparently, to novellas).
- Malcolm Lowry – qualifies under the short story rule – and also TBR challenge, as I’ve been reading it one and off for about eight years. It’s good to finally get to the end.
- Stanislaw Lem – qualifies under the short story rule.
- Nathalie Sarraute – qualifies as part of the Nouveau Roman project – I’ll put up a post in time. Next month, in this project, I’m hoping to read Paris Peasant, by Louis Aragon, and Impressions of Africa, by Raymond Roussel (both New Novels before the New Novel??), and also hopefully starting on Life: A User’s Manual, by Georges Perec (for a specific reason I shan’t go into here).
- José María Arguedas – qualifies as part of the Latin-American read-a-long, and TBR challenge.
So yes, my TBR pile is about the same as at the beginning of the month. I’ve bought 11 books now this year – a large increase on last month (2 books for research, 1 in French, 1 for of my Heian Reading Challenge (OK, it’s actually from the subsequent Kamakura period, but they were highly imitative of Heian culture), 1 book I’ve already forgotten, 2 books suggested by Ignacio Echevarría, and 4 books which had become cheaper in my Amazon basket since last I looked).
Another of the reason why I might not have read so many books is the amount of films I’ve been watching.
Here’s a review from my old Heian project (looking through my older posts, it looks like I only resurrected bits and pieces once upon a time when I was reconstructing my blog):
- Ochikubo Monogatari, by [Unknown]
I did eventually get the Arntzen version of The Kagero Diary (it’s twice as long because it has an insane amount of notes in it – which is useful when we’re talking about Heian Japan). I also read Across The Bridge of Dreams (also Anonymous), Ivan Morris’ The World of the Shining Prince – an introduction to the Heian Japanese world of Murasaki, and bought (but not yet read) Japanese Poetic Diaries, ed. Earl Miner, which contains – among other things – The Tosa Diary and The Diary of Izumi Shikibu. I’ll probably have a go at these in the second half of the year.