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85. Books Bought & Read, September 2013…

08 Oct
85. Books Bought & Read, September 2013…

Books Bought, September 2013

The Divine Comedy,’ Dante Alighieri

Selected Poems,’ Carol Anne Duffy

Dear Illusion,’ Kingsley Amis

Some Of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby,’ Donald Barthelme

The Expelled,’ Samuel Beckett

Hell Screen,’ Ryunosuke Akutagawa

The Widow Ching-Pirate,’ Jorge Luis Borges

The Vicar Of Nibbleswicke,’ Roald Dahl

Why Me? the very important emails of bob servant,’ Neil Forsyth

Mr.Stink,’ David Walliams

The Medium Is The Massage,’ Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore

The True Tale Of The Monster Billy Dean As Telt By Hisself,’ David Almond

A Stab In The Dark,’ Lawrence Block

The Uncommon Reader,’ Alan Bennett

High Fidelity,’ Nick Hornby

HHhH,’ Laurent Binet

Birthday Letters,’ Ted Hughes

Leaves Of Grass,’ Walt Whitman

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie,’ Muriel Spark

Prufrock And Other Observations,’ T.S.Eliot

The Lives Of Animals,’ J.M.Coetzee

Homage To Barcelona,’ Colm Toíbin

The Immortals: london’s finest statues, (Folio edition)’ 

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned,’ Wells Tower

Time Out: Lisbon‘ 

Journey To Portugal,’ José Saramago

The Aristocratic Adventurer,’ David Cannadine

9th And 13th,’ Jonathan Coe

Little People In The City: the street art of slinkachu‘ 

Giraffes? Giraffes!‘ ‘Dr. and Mrs.Doris Haggis-on-Whey’

Silly Billy,’ Anthony Browne

Music: A Very Short Introduction,’ Nicholas Cook

Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction,’ Michael Tanner

Hume: A Very Short Introduction,’ A.J.Ayer

The God Delusion,’ Richard Dawkins (x2)

The Selfish Gene,’ Richard Dawkins

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism,’ Ha-Joon Chang

The Rights Of The Reader,’ Daniel Pennac

In Watermelon Sugar,’ Richard Brautigan

Under Milk Wood,’ Dylan Thomas

The Porcupine,’ Julian Barnes

Colloquial Portugese Of Brazil‘ 

The Book Of Other People,’ ed.Zadie Smith

Palm Sunday/Welcome To The Monkeyhouse,’ Kurt Vonnegut

Urne Burial,’ Sir Thomas Browne

Travels In The Land Of Kublai Khan,’ Marco Polo

Revelation/The Book Of Job‘ 

Rich In Russia,’ John Updike

Evgénie Sokolov,’ Serge Gainsbourg

Wallpaper Guide: Lisbon‘ 

Innocent Blood,’ P.D.James

The Snatching Of Bookie Bob,’ Damon Runyan

Guns, Germs And Steel,’ Jared Diamond

The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God,’ Etgar Keret

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,’ David Foster Wallace

A Room With A View,’ E.M.Forster

Boomerang,’ Michael Lewis

The Snobs,’ Muriel Spark

Martha And Hanwell,’ Zadie Smith

 

Books Read, September 2013

The Believer Magazine, issue no.97

The Believer Magazine, issue no.98

The Believer Magazine, issue no.99

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane,’ Neil Gaiman

The Vicar Of Nibbleswicke,’ Roald Dahl

Mr.Stink,’ David Walliams

Why Me? the very important emails of bob servant,’ Neil Forsyth

The 1,000 Nights And One Night,’ David Walser & Jan Pieńkowski

Under The Frog,’ Tibor Fischer

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie,’ Muriel Spark

The Lives Of Animals,’ J.M.Coetzee

The Uncommon Reader,’ Alan Bennett

A Stab In The Dark,’ Lawrence Block

Little People In The City: the street art of slinkachu

Prufrock And Other Observations,’ T.S.Eliot

Six Memos For The Next Millennium,’ Italo Calvino

Silly Billy,’ Anthony Browne

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned,’ Wells Tower

I Found This Funny,’ ed.Judd Apatow

Giraffes? Giraffes!‘ ‘Dr. and Mrs.Doris Haggis-on-Whey’

The Tenth Man,’ Graham Greene

HHhH,’ Laurent Binet

In Watermelon Sugar,’ Richard Brautigan

Under Milk Wood,’ Dylan Thomas

The Porcupine,’ Julian Barnes

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism,’ Ha-Joon Chang

Evgénie Sokolov,’ Serge Gainsbourg

Innocent House,’ P.D.James

The Third Chimpanzee,’ Jared Diamond

Stuck,’ Oliver Jeffers

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This month was just ridiculous.

But then again, I’m sure you could already tell that from the twenty minutes it took to scroll down those two lists to get to the meat of this blog.

I won’t say much: 59 books bought, 30 read, (including magazines, short stories in various Penguin editions, and kids’ books as ever), and more or less a book a day rate. A remarkably high amount of books bought this month came straight from my All Time Top 10 Of Favouritest Ever Authors, and from authors I have read and loved recently, (and you can explore these further by clicking on the links in the lists above).

This month was mainly about events, (seeing scientists and popular science writers Profs.Richard Dawkins, and Jared Diamond); miniature books, in the form of Penguin mini modern classics/60’s/70’s; kids’ books; books in, on or about Portugal/uese, (my next port of call come December); poetry; and a whooole lot of good literature, from ‘HHhH‘ to Wells Tower’s first short story compilation, via essays from Italo Calvino and the stunningly creepy new adult/kids’ novel from Neil Gaiman.

A busy, busy month, the likes of which may not be seen again for a while, due to a) a desire to tuck into some of the meatier tomes currently on my shelves; b) not needing to buy any more books for a decade or so; and c) the necessity to actually get a job sometime in the near future, (as well as to dedicate some time to learning my latest new language: Portuguese, of course!). 

A few quotes to leave you with from this month’s selection:

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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned,’ Wells Tower
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“‘Well, I had this boss. I’m telling you, if you asked me for an asshole, and I gave you that guy, you’d have owed me back some change’…”
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The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie,’ Muriel Spark
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{In an imagined letter between their teacher and her lover}:
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“Allow me, in conclusion, to congratulate you warmly on your sexual intercourse, as well as your singing’…”
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Six Memos For The Next Millennium,’ Italo Calvino
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Just as in poems and songs the rhymes help to create the rhythm, so in prose narrative there are events that rhyme…”

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And finally, from one of my favourite contemporary Brits, (although, even though this was one of his most lauded, it was my least favourite so far):

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Under The Frog,’ Tibor Fischer
  
“It was a morning he immediately recognised as one he wanted nothing to do with…”
“Gyuri had no idea what had really happened in Korea, but he was quite willing to stake his life that the only things in the book that weren’t downright lies were the author’s name and the commas…”

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And finally, book advice to live (and die) by:

“Ladányi took out a book – the analects of Confucius. ‘Is it any good?’ Gyuri questioned. ‘Life is too short for good books,’ said Ladányi, ‘one should only read great books’…”

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9 responses to “85. Books Bought & Read, September 2013…

  1. nycavri

    October 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Glad you finally dipped your toe into the world of one of *my* Top 10 authors (Lawrence Block), but you made my “Read in September” list look more than a little meager:

    The Devil You Know – Mike Carey
    Vicious Circle – Mike Carey
    Naked Lunch – William S Burroughs
    Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson
    God Probably Doesn’t Exist – Patrik Lindenfors

     
    • doronklemer

      October 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      I actually scared myself a bit with the totals this month!! And it really is quality not quantity: I just happened to have a lot of time, and short books, on my hands this month!

      And you’ve read ‘Naked Lunch’ now, which is more than I have!!…

       
  2. Kevin Faulkner

    October 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Impressive volume of reading, but don’t forget Doren that Sir T. Browne’s ‘Urn-Burial’ (1658) is only one half of the literary diptych. You have to read its ‘mirror’ or double, ‘The Garden of Cyrus’ also in order to grasp the whole of Browne’s hermetic vision. Good luck with that. I am in good company, Borges was a life-long admirer of Browne too !

     
    • doronklemer

      October 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      What’s good enough for Borges is good enough for me!

      You have actually rumbled one of my guilty secrets: the Browne is actually part of the (unbelievably gorgeous) ‘Penguin Great Ideas’ series, which are almost all excerpts and therefore I don’t know if they count as ‘books’…but since they are words in a complete, bound setting, I’m counting ’em!

      I guess if I enjoy ‘Urn Burial, I’ll hunt down the sequel, (that’s one of the wonders of that series, it gives you the chance to dip in and out of authors and works you may not have tackled head on), so it’s in his interests to be interesting!

       
  3. lostpost

    October 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Oliver Jeffers is a fav of my kids. We have that exact same book, Stuck. Love it!

    Also, why haven’t you set up an Amazon Affiliate account yet?
    https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

     
  4. Peter Hall

    October 10, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Hey Doron, echoing nycavri on congratulating you for getting a Lawrence Block on your list. I’m currently on book number 29 of his novels on my iPad. I’d heard of him (?) but hadn’t read any until your brother mentioned him in his guest blog as being his one of his favourite mystery writers. Checked him out and haven’t looked back yet. Like I said, am currently reading the 29th of his musings. Read all the Matthew Scudder series in order, (as is my wont) and am now on the Burglar series. Sadly I will soon run out of his books and then time to find a new series to devour. Have been thinking of you as I read these because of your bro’s connection as well as the fact that the Burglar – Mr. Bernard Grimes Rhodenbarr just happens to be a book store owner as well. Right up your alley. I think you’d really like The Burglar in the Library.

     

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