Wednesday, 9 September 2009
It's been a while since I regaled you with my library loot so I thought I would share the haul collected on my latest visit. All but one were requests I had placed for specific challenges including my personal one to read the Man Booker longlist.
The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill: this ghost story may be my first read for the R.I.P. IV challenge, hopefully this weekend.
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro: a double-header for both the R.I.P. IV challenge and the Japanese Literature one. Sarah Waters called Ishiguro's debut novel " a tightly controlled narrative surface, with half-glimpsed, terrifying depths".
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon: a Victorian sensation novel, this will be my contribution to Simon's Sensational September.
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: Love Quarrels from Anton Chekhov to ZZ Packer: I came across this compilation of short stories in Waterstone's a few weeks ago and the concept intrigued me. Some great short story writers are featured including Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, and Jhumpa Lahiri.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami: also a combined Japanese and horror read, I am highly looking forward to reading this after books 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games, which has a similar premise. At 615 pages it is going to be a challenge but I hope a compelling one.
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt: now featuring on the Man Booker shortlist this one is a must-read. It is also another 615 pages.
I have a busy few weeks ahead...