What NYRB are you reading? Part 2
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Top marks also to NYRB for the design and layout of The Road, including several new photos (at least new to me). Its quite beautifully done.
I take credit for introducing her to New York Review Books. On my recommendation, she's also read Stoner and Hons and Rebels, and is currently reading (and loving as much as I did) The Long Ships.
Not as dramatic as Roberto Bolaño's portrait of Chile under iron rule in By Night in Chile and Distant Star. but still a candid and nostalgic look at losing one's own identity and being a stranger in one's own homeland.
Of possible related interest: http://www.angelfire.com/art/wildwood/shnobble.html
Language expert to the rescue. Woodges are so much more interesting than mlumphs wouldn't you agree?
'Platonov is the finest Russian prose-writer of the last century, but this republication of a volume first published around 1970 is a disappointment. Firstly, the translation is mediocre; secondly, the short novel "Dzhan", the longest and greatest work in this volume, was translated from a heavily censored Soviet text. Many of the most striking, most unusual or most subversive passages of the original have been cut out.'
ETA I have to say that, even with "subversive" material cut from the earlier, censored version, the story "Dzhan," or "Soul" could easily be read as being critical of the Soviet system -- although perhaps easier for us in this post-Soviet era than for the censors themselves.
I know Warlock has a cult behind it, is it worth it? To be honest, westerns are not my thing, hate them actually. I'll read a McCarthy during the summer months, but that's my limit.
I'm actually reading this to get a taste of Williams, maybe get into Stoner if it works out. I'm just frigthened the latter will be too depressing to get through. Williams' voice, to me, seems thoroughly American in a way I haven't yet encountered.
I love the children's books, just wish my niece did too. Alas, my brother! Him and his wife are the hoi polloi when it comes to reading, what little they do of it. Any book I've ever bought never seems to actually make it into her little bookshelf. It's funny, I wonder where they do go.
That reminds me, anyone look at the Carlo Collodi Pinocchio NYRB has? They had an awesome review last year. And Umberto Eco and Rebecca West...how nice!
*The review's still avaliable:
Too bad his last novel, The Sleep of Reason, was never finished. It would have added to his diffuse cannon.
And I'm tempted to think that M. Night Shayamalan got the idea for Sixth Sense from another one of the stories in this collection...
Following Your Inner Chicken: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/10/following-your-inner-chicken-ozma-of-oz
I'm reading Hadrian VII now. It was a bit of a slog at first - my Catholic jargon is nonexistent - but into it now.
I'm intentionally not reading her essays on Istambul and Venice, because I don't want to take the shine off of Hav. I don't want to "break the fourth wall" just yet. But the similarities are still there: the tart humor, the "traditionalist" perspective (akin to conservatism minus the ideology and pompously hypocritical rhetoric), and the wry amusement at the human condition.
On a similar note, Rogue Male is beckoning, I just have to find a place for it in my giant TBR pile.
My review of Hav:
Thanks to NYRB for the giveaway. I enjoyed it immensely.
I was just engrossed with the whole enormous thing, and then I got hold of the TV-series version and watched that, which was quite faithful to the books and beautifully done.
Also check out the flick with Tyrone Power as a geek in a carny side-show.
188, I read that a while back and didn't really connect with it. I'm glad you enjoyed it though!
I can't wait to read it.
I have also noticed that two of my favorite independent booksellers now have very nice NYRB displays in their stores which makes it so tempting for me.
Couldn't NYRB publish a title by an Australian Aboriginal author?
We welcome suggestions of classic Aboriginal writings.
It presupposes that authenticity itself is authentic.
Poems of the Late T'ang is worth the price of admission for A.C. Graham's witty and informative essay, "The Translation of Chinese Poetry," alone. It is, of course, insightful about Chinese poetry, but no less illuminating about modernist European and American poetry, and poetry in general.
Concerning the textual apparatus that is a necessary part of a collection such as this one, he writes: "How much of this information can a reader be expected to tolerate? Equally important, how much of it will do him any good? There is more literary allusion in early twentieth century English than in T'ang poetry; we can read Eliot with excitement although missing most of his references, and when we look one up often find that it enriches the response disappointingly little." Aware of the limitations of such notes and explanations Graham strikes just the right balance. He does supply notes, and sometimes paraphrases for some (but not all) of the poems, and those he includes are uniformly helpful: they never enrich the response "disappointingly little." Of course, however, the point of this book is the poems, and in the work he has chosen, from seven different poets, Graham shows us how rich and varied the writing of the late T'ang poets was. As with a group of any seven poets, the work of some will be more to one's taste than others, but all the work collected here is worth reading, and much of it worth reading again and again.
Attitudes changes over time and the author would probably write a different book if he were to start over again today.
I went looking for information about James Vance Marshall and found out that he is an English author - real name Donald G.Payne.
Since I haven't read the book, I shouldn't be too prescriptive. I think I'll read it together with my daughter (aged 12) and we can compare views.
Grim and cynical sounds interesting.
Check out Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida.
A lovely picture of Caroline Blackwood. She was gorgeous.
And I just read The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes; it was so absorbing and filled me with such tension that I woke up up in the middle of the night and felt I had to finish it before I could go back to sleep!
I love Simenon and Hughes. I've read most of both, closing in on
179 for S. !
#270 I also love Troubles. I like it the best of his Empire Trilogy, but others prefer The Siege of Krishnapur.
Also finished and enjoyed The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes.
>272 rebeccanyc:. I keep finding unexpected similarities between these NYRB Classics and other books I'm reading about the same time. In this case between Troubles and the mother of all moldering old building stories, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series.
Just finished The Root and the Flower by L. H. Myers and it seems to bear out what Francis Bacon said. It's a historical trilogy about Mogul India that reminded me vaguely of Gore Vidal's Creation, although it's been a long time since I read Creation so maybe my memory is faulty. I did enjoy The Root and the Flower but like the introduction says it is a "strange masterpiece."
If you enjoyed Young Man with a Horn, you might check out Trio by Dorothy Baker. I do not think the description given on Amazon accurately describes the book at all. I would be curious to see what others think. It is out of print at the moment.
I'll see if I can find a copy of Trio. Have you read The Horn by John Clellon Holmes? I recently got a copy but haven't had a chance to read it yet.
296: I am loving Conquered City so far - Serge's descriptions of the city are just amazing. I feel like I am there!
>289 urania1: urania1 I read Trio by Dorothy Baker. I can see the older lesbian lover as psychic vampire theme that is mentioned on Amazon but I also thought Baker did a good job of balancing the characters so none of them seemed particularly better than the others. The younger woman did make a free choice to stay with the older woman in the end.
>298 kaggsy: If you liked Conquered City, you should try White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov if you haven't read it already.
300 - Thanks for the kind suggestion but I am already a Bulgakov convert - currently preparing to compare the various translations of The Master and Margarita and decide which is best for me!
And as for following up on Conquered City, you can't go wrong with more Victor Serge! (Available as NYRB editions, I might add).
I'm going to follow that Russian Reading Month link for some ideas, even though I won't read them this month.
Dead Souls is another volume with many translators and I'm anxious to hear what other readers have thought of the new NYRB edition.
By the way, I've just started the NYRB edition of Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov, whose other works have fascinated me, especially The Foundation Pit.
I hope you enjoy Happy Moscow - I have read some Platonov and liked it very much.