Library Loot: August 15-21

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I’m trying to read more literature that isn’t British or US-American again, I used to read a lot but then majoring in American Studies I got so caught up in reading lists and research, I hardly read anything else. Partly this goal seems to go hand in hand with reading more chunksters, at the moment I’m reading Roberto Bolano’s 2666 and started Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy to join Jo’s readalong. On my visit to the library yesterday I found a couple of great books that have at the most 320 pages, so hopefully I won’t feel too intimidated by chunksters to abandon the whole thing immediately.

Eine Zeit ohne Tod (José Saramago)

Has been translated into English as Death with Interruptions. What if no one dies? One day, Death goes on strike. My first Saramago, please tell me I didn’t loot the most difficult of his works!

Das geheime Leben der Bücher (Régis de sá Moreira)

Translated from the French Le Libraire, but I haven’t been able to find an English translation. It’s a small novel about a bookseller who never leaves his shop, who treats his books like children and his interactions with the few customers who find their way to him.

A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth)

The epic work of terrifying length, at least for me. Also, a sprawling family story set in post-partition India. I’m giving this a go because Jo made me, err…suggested it 😉 I think a readalong is the only thing that’ll make me stick with such a huge book.

Die blaue Stunde (Alonso Cueto)

La hora Azul, translated into English as The Blue Hour. After reading Stu’s review, I knew I had to read this one. It’s about the aftermath of the Peruvian civil war and a successful lawyer is confronted with his father’s sins.

Stille Wut (Sergio Bizzio)

Rabia, translated into English as Rage. The cover looked suitably creepy. A thriller about obsession, voyeurism, and class privilege.

What did you loot from the library this week?

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23 thoughts on “Library Loot: August 15-21

    1. Heh, sounds like a wise decision. I was good and read from my own books the last couple of weeks, so I deserve this loot 😉 Good luck with mountain tbr!

  1. Nice library loot, Bina! ‘Das geheime Leben der Bücher’ by Régis de sá Moreira sounds like a fascinating book! Will look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Nice to know that you are doing a readalong of ‘A Suitable Boy’ with Jo. I loved it when I read it and at that point it was the longest book that I have ever read. I remember finishing 800 pages and then looking at it and still finding 500 pages more! It is a wonderful epic novel though. It made me fall in love with Vikram Seth. I went ahead and read his next book ‘An Equal Music’ and liked it even more. Hope you enjoy reading ‘A Suitable Boy’. Happy Reading! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

    1. It’s a nice little book, I hope it’s as good as it sounds! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed A Suitable Boy so much. But yeah, so many pages! 🙂 Hopefully it’ll make me want to read more Seth.

  2. Every year there comes a time when I am reminded that I want to read A Suitable Boy. I do think I’d buy the book as I’m not sure I’d be able to finish it before I’d have to return it to the library again. I do so hope you enjoy it as that will give me more impetus to read it too – finally.

    1. I might have to buy my own copy, too! Ah no pressure 😉 Really hope I can make it throught his chunkster and motivate others to give it a try after all.

  3. Haha LOL your library loot post brought a big smile to me! 😀
    I’m the same, I didn’t think I could finish the book, therefore instead of borrowing it from the library I bought my own copy. It is interesting to know so many people actually want to read it but never get a chance to read or felt daunting reading it alone. Hope you will write your thoughts about it and I’ll link up to your posts. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    1. Glad it made you smile 🙂
      I should probably get my own copy, too, can’t keep the library copy for ever. But it does give me a good deadline 😉
      It is such a daunting propect, so I’m glad I get to read it with others, and so far reading along with you has always worked well for me!

  4. What a GREAT stack of books! One of these days I’ll get to A Suitable Boy 🙂 Das geheime Leben der Bücher sounds really good to me, I hope you enjoy it.

  5. I have to admit that I feel upset over English being the only language I’m fluent in — How interesting Régis de sá Moreira’s book sounds, and I can’t read it! Ahh. I marked Death with Interruptions as to-read, though. It reminds me of a book I recently returned to the library: The Postmortal/The End Specialist. I didn’t get around to reading it, but some day…

    Hope you enjoy the books (:

    1. That’s an interesting title, I’ll have to check it out! It’s never too late to learn 🙂 But luckily a lot of lit gets translated, can’t learn ’em all.
      Hope you enjoy the Saramago, we can compare notes after reading then 🙂

  6. I see that Jo had convinced you to join her read-along of A Suitable Boy 😀 I commend you for going for that chunkster AND reading 2666. Will you be able to fit in the Du Maurier next month? 😉 Happy reading! The Régis de sá Moreira book sounds interesting, it doesn’t seem to have been translated into English… I’m not sure my knowledge of German (or French) is up to par to tackle it :s

    1. I know, I have no idea how to get them all read in time…but I think the DuMaurier will be light reading after those chunksters 😉
      I’m lucky that Germany has one of the highest translation rates. I’ll let you know if it’s worth tackling it!

      1. Hahaha, that is indeed very likely 😉 Ah yes, I forgot how for example manga is often first translated into German and French and how these translations are usually better than the English ones. Hurray for a high translation rate!

        1. We have to I think, German lit is often too serious for me…in a strained, it can’t be fun and serious way. There are exceptions of course, but I love world lit and Am and Brit lit so much more 🙂

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