BOOKLOVE: November 2013
Well, here we go again. My self-serving update for all the notable books that I’ve acquired this month and, technically, this will be only for the books that I’ve acquired on the 2nd half of November because the first half was already covered in last months BOOKLOVE.
Anyway, here is my hoard for the 2nd half of November:
- Moon Palace by Paul Auster – I’ve read two books by Auster this year and I included another one in my reading pile for November. I think it’s suffice to say that, ever since Man in the Dark, Paul Auster has captured me with his writing so I always feel happy when I acquire an Auster. This one is extra-special because I won it in a raffle from the moderator of our book club’s discussion on Auster’s The New York Trilogy.
- Berlin Stories by Robert Walser – My monthly NYRB and I acquired this because this was for sale for half the price and because I already have Walser’s A Schoolboy’s Diary. Walser has been experiencing some sort of rediscovery lately because of NYRB Classics’ reprints of his works and I’m one of those who became highly intrigued. Somehow, book advertising really works on me.
- Call If You Need Me by Raymond Carver – Carver is one of my favorite short story writers and I always liked the way that he wrote his stories with what the literary world call as “dirty realism.” This collection is not only filled with short stories but it also has essays written by Carver. His works are kind of hard to find in the Philippines so whenever I find a Carver at a second-hand bookstore, I buy it. I only found two so far, by the way.
- The Cure at Troy: A Version of Philoctetes and Field Work by Seamus Heaney – The Cure at Troy is a play that was derived from Sophocles’ play and Field Work is a collection of his poems. I found these two of Heaney’s works when I visited Booksale a few days back and I bought them immediately since I had an interest in Heaney’s works ever since I learned that he passed away a few months back.
- Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges – This is a special book in the bunch since I received this as a gift from a dear friend. I couldn’t hide my glee when I received it since I love how Borges writes ever since I read Labyrinths. Receiving his collected short stories is a treat for my bookish eyes.
I always tell myself that I should keep my book hoarding in check but how can I do so if great books keep on staring at me from their shelves? Oh well, at least I’m happy whenever I look lovingly at my books.