Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Salon

The Sunday

Friday was a victory of sorts. I finally got my review for Alta Ifland's Elegy for a Fabulous World finished. Thing is, though, I'm not sure how much sense it makes. Ifland's short stories are more analogous to poetry (she has also written a book of prose poems) and that made it difficult for me to write about them. Plus, my concluding paragraph sucks - I cannot write conclusions. But I did enjoy Elegy for a Fabulous World and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in a unique take on the American immigrant experience.

Today was also Day 2 of my town's biannual used booksale. (I missed Day 1 yesterday due to a funeral.) I got The Judgment Day Archives, a novel from the late 1980s by Soviet emigre Andrei Moscovit. The publisher's copy compares it to Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, but it doesn't seem very well-known. There are no customer reviews on Amazon and Google couldn't turn up much information. Oh well, I guess I'll be the first. If it is a great book, then I'm glad to have the opportunity to give it some exposure!

Next Sunday is the second monthly meeting of the Good Books Club, hosted by Padfoot and Prongs. We'll be discussing Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, which I'm still waiting for from the library.

I'll also have my review of Jorge Volpi's Season of Ash out this week (courtesy of Open Letter Press). I'm not sure if I'll begin Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives next or Virginia Wolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Maybe the Wolf - I'm still Bolañoed out from 2666.


debnance said...

Sounds like you've been busy! Book busy.

Caitlin said...

I adore Mrs. Dalloway - go for that one!

Anonymous said...

Yay, book sales. :)

I read Mrs. Dalloway this summer and really loved it. I'm currently reading The Savage Detectives and it's...interesting. I'll be curious to see what you think of both - but I would go for the Woolf, myself. I'm tempted to read it again soon.

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