Oh I should get that, or Additions to my Wishlist #4

Over the past several weeks, fellow bloggers have tempted me with the following books:

  • The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel – a collection of essays on libraries.  things mean a lot says of the book “it’s riveting and deeply personal, and it’s one of the most well-written non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time. Highly recommended to book lovers of every persuasion”.
  • Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo –  it is set in Peru and it’s about a murder investigation.  Translated by Edith Grossman.  Farm Lane Books rates it 4/5 and recommends it to fans of Spanish Literature.
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh – I haven’t read anything by Ghosh though I’ve been meaning to.  Eva’s glowing, gushing review has pushed it to the top of my wishlist.
  • Borges and the Eternal Orangutans by Luis Fernando Verissimo – described as a literary homage to Borges and other writers.  A Futile Preoccupation says “If you like an intelligent read (think Michael Frayn), full of literary allusions, then this is a book for you”.  I do!
  • Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino – I’m always on the lookout for more contemporary Japanese women writers and thanks to The Reading Life for reviewing this book. A new author for me.
  • Alphabet of the Night by Jean-Euphele Milce – Well, as usual, Winstonsdad’s blog is a good source for international fiction.  The author is Haitian and Stu says he “is an exciting writer and a new voice for the region”

11 comments

  1. Interesting additions to your wish list :) ‘The Library at Night’ sounds quite interesting. I have Alberto Manguel’s ‘The History of Reading’ on my ‘To Be Read’ list. I will have to add this too. I have read ‘Grotesque’ by Natsuo Kirino, a few years back. It was an interesting book – I found it powerful and bleak. Hope you enjoy reading it. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Amitav Ghosh’s books, but somehow have never got around to reading them. Hope you enjoy reading all these new additions to your wish list!

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  2. I think I’m going to add some of these to my already too-long wish list. Grotesque is already on my list, but I’ll be adding The Library at Night and Red April. Good post!

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  3. Thanks Kinna: A friend recommended the book to me, and I enjoyed it so much I went right out and bought Club of Angels by the same author–a book about a club of gourmet food-obsessed people.

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  4. I always check out your lists for books or reviews I might’ve missed. All of the books you mentioned are on my wishlist as well.

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