Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Salon

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Happy Sunday, everyone! I spent ALL WEEK on Dante's Inferno for Richard's read-along. I had originally intended to do one big post but then I realized I had way too much information. Lacking my Durling translation, I relied entirely on material from a Dante course I had taken in college, which consists of my extensive lecture notes and all the "fact sheets" we had to do for certain cantos. I LOVED that class and learned so much. One of my biggest regrets is that I couldn't fit part two into my schedule for the next semester (this was my senior year). I am very glad to have had the opportunity to reread everything and refresh my memory! (Here is my last post.)

But before I get to Purgatorio for August, I have the following:

From the top: Andreas Maier's Klausen (Germany), Naguib Mahfouz's Miramar (Egypt), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's Petals of Blood (Kenya), and Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy (American, unfortunately). The Maier is a review copy from Open Letter Press; the other two were graciously sent to me by Richard. Please let it be known that the Conrad is NOT THE TYPE OF BOOK I USUALLY READ. It's strictly for the Horrible Dare Challenge being hosted by Rayche of books i done read and TY of The Lit Connection. (I'm not usually a challenge person but I couldn't resist the lulz.) I have substituted the extracurricular Danielle Steele novel for Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater. My mom loves Glenn Beck.

I got L.A. Candy from the library. IS THIS WHAT YOU'RE SPENDING TAXPAYERS' MONEY ON???

And now for your weekly link round-up:

Captured: Dog and Pig on the Run

R. Bartoni's Amazon Review of the Bible

Rescued From the Taliban: Brin the British Troop Mascot

Twilight | Cracked.com

7 comments:

JoAnn said...

I can't even begin to tell you how daunting Dante's Inferno seems to me! The Cairo Trilogy was amazing, so I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on Miramar. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Amy said...

Some great books there. I'm especially interesting in your thoughts on Miramar and Petals of Blood.

Emily said...

Thought that series of books had a certain Richard-ish gleam about it. :-) Will look forward to your thoughts on all of them - love the Klausen cover.

Gavin said...

I'm curious about Klauson and thanks for the links! Have a great week.

E. L. Fay said...

JoAnn: There's actually a Cairo trilogy read-along planned but I forgot for when - I think it begins in September? I might wait to post on Miramar until then.

Amy: Haven't started Petals of Blood yet although Miramar is quite good. You might want to check out Richard's reviews.

Emily: Richard does have a distinct reading style, doesn't he. L.A. Candy is definitely something he'd enjoy.

Gavin: I just started Klausen!

irisonbooks said...

I'm interested in your thoughts on Miramar, I want to read it at some point.

And I should really go through your posts on the Inferno now that I've finished it. It seemed a bit too detailed when I was still reading the book myself.

claire said...

LOL. I somehow cannot picture you with the LA Candy book..

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