Sunday, May 18, 2008
It has been a while since I have had time on a Sunday to both read and do a Salon post. Today I was finally able to make time during Maya's afternoon nap.
This afternoon I just finished reading The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch. I have been meaning to read one of her books ever since I saw the movie Iris a few years ago, and this one has been sitting on my bookshelf for more than a year. It may be the length that kept me away, as it is a bit of a chunkster, or a fear that my high hopes would not be met. I need not have worried, this may become one of my favorite books of the year, and I can't wait to read more of her books!
Charles Arrowby, the main character, is not very likeable, in fact he is downright ornery, conceited, arrogant, manipulative, and foolish. Yet Murdoch sets a scene that is both a beautiful work of prose and a page turner, something I did not expect. I especially loved the incorporation of several gothic elements. I will post the full review in the next day or so.
I have had quite a few books trickling in over the last few weeks. Here are some of my most recent acquisitions. Up next is Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani, a novel that takes place in a 17th century Persian village. I received this as a review copy, plus one more to give away in a raffle, so keep your eyes out for that upcoming giveaway!
Books received by publishers or authors to review:
- Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
- Crimson Portrait by Jody Shields
- Mattland by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert (picture book)
- Cheetah Cubs and Beetle Grubs by Diane Swanson (picture book)
- The Apprentice's Masterpiece: A Story of Medieval Spain by Melanie Little
- African Psycho by Alain Mabanckou
Books bought at the Barnes and Noble bargain sale:
- The Saffron Kitchen - Yasmin Crowther
- The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
- The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
- Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by Juliet B. Schor
- Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala
- Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Books passed on to me by my mother-in-law:
-Brookland by Emily Barton
- The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
- Beirut Blues by Hanan al-Shaykh
- The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
Right now, Maya is not so quietly asking for my attention, so I will try to get back with links to the above books later tonight. I would love to hear feedback from those who have read any of them!