No, seriously, I’m still here. I’m saying this more for myself as I’ve been absent from this blog for almost two weeks. I’m scrambling to finish two projects at work before the end of the year. To top it off, I lost a member of my extended family. All losses are painful, but this one seems even more so as it was completely unexpected. Needless to say, I’m well off my game. My reviews are piling up; I know that I’m the only one counting :).
I’ve been reading a little. I managed to finish Borges’ Labyrinths . BytheFirelight, in a comment to my Literary Blog Hop post on difficult books, remarked that Labyrinths is one of his harder reads and while he enjoyed it, he “just wasn’t sure what it was trying to say”. He loves “the work contained in those pages, but it took a few rereads to get it”. His description sums up my experience to the tee. I’m also done with Death in Spring; I’m slowly working my way through my list of Catalan Literature.
Now to a number of recent additions to my TBR. First, two books from Lusophone Africa (because I really need to diversify my reading of African literature):
- The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa: It won The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize of 2007. I’m so glad I found it; it’s on my list of African Fiction #1 and I’ve heard only good stuff about the book.
- The Last Flight of the Flamingo by Mia Couto: This author has been on my radar for a while now.
- And Bitches’ Brew by Fred Khumalo: A completely new-to-me author. The book cover says “Joint winner of the European Union Literary Award 2005”. I’m not sure if it’s the author or the book that won the prize. Looks very interesting. The author is from South Africa.
- I found a used copy of The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James. Reviews of Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies (2010), especially the one at Apostrophe has me looking for James’ work. Ozick’s book, apparently, is a homage to James and might be a “photographic negative” of James’ The Ambassadors. The thing is I want to read Foreign Bodies but I feel I should reacquaint myself with James first.
Well, that’s all for now. I wish everyone a good reading week.