Month: May 2011

A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Date Started: May 30, 2011. 3:30 AM. Almost everyone is raving about this. I’m not referring to people that I know in real life because sadly, I don’t have a lot of friends who read as heavily as I do. In fact, I only have one (the other one confessed that his teaching career hindered his reading). My other friends who do read are into books that I would classify as blah. And still, there are others who read books that I dig, but the last time that they have opened a book must have been months, or worse years, ago. Still, it’s a good thing that these friends get to read. Anyway, the expectations that I have for this book are quite met. It’s not an instant ka-boom, but it’s coming. Do I smell an IMPAC? That’s two more years from now. Advertisements

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man – James Joyce

Date Started: May 29, 2011. 11 PM. The first chapter was promising despite the shifty narrative. I even confused myself for mistaking a character named Dante for a man. Dante is a woman. Isn’t Dante too masculine a name for a woman? And after all the good impressions, everything went plummeting down on the second chapter. I no longer get it. I wonder if it could redeem itself on the third chapter.

A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Who bought it: Me. What is it: I do not know, but some of my online friends say it’s a musical read. When: May 23, 2011 Where: Power Books – Glorietta Why: It’s the latest craze in the book world. After winning the NBCC last March, it won the Pulitzer just this month. Must be really promising. Besides, I was quite pressured when an online friend invited me to read this with him. How much: Php 615.00. I haven’t spent this much on a single book for months.

An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser

Who bought it: Me. What is it: I have no idea. I just felt that I had to buy something important. And I felt that this book is important. When: May 20, 2011 Where: I forgot to take note of the name of the shop. I think it’s called Books on Bargain. Besides, it’s not really a shop. It’s like one of those stalls you see on open spaces of the malls. This one was bought at Trinoma. Why: As I mentioned, I felt this was an important book. It is also included in the four top 100 book lists that I am following. How much: Php 45.00

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

The Once and Future King – T. H. White

Intro For the life of me, I don’t understand what got into me for even laying eyes on this book aside from one reason that I am not really proud of. I admit that I was officially a huge fan of that notorious local writer Jessica Zafra. Was. I’m putting a stress on that word. In her essays, she always mentioned what a wonderful book this is. She kept on yakking about it. She was a high school geek; she can’t help touching this book about the young King Arthur. A few months back, I chanced upon this book talk hosted by none other than my once favorite local writer. The talk was about favorite books. There were various guests from various spheres of the society. There’s a Colombian national whose favorite was Love in the Time of Cholera. There’s this weirdo who claimed Naked Lunch as his favorite. And he didn’t even finish reading it yet. Huh? There’s also an ex-senatoriable who lost. I forgot his favorite book. Then the question and answer portion from …

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Who bought it: Me. What is it: One day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway. And oh, this is the novel from where the Pulitzer Prize winner The Hours is largely based from. When: May 20, 2011 Where: Books for Less – SM Mall of Asia Why: I read The Hours years ago and I always wanted to read this as a follow-up. I never had the chance because I never came across a copy. Now, I am little fortunate. How much: Php 198.00

The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein

Who bought it: Me. What is it: The title says it all. When: May 20, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia Why: I read a criticism somewhere which said that the author has bad grammar. Wow. How can one publish a book if he cannot get his sentences straight? I think the author is friends with Wolfe and Fitzgerald. Wolfe is another writer who has riled others for his repetitive narrative. Fitzgerald, well, I’m not a fan of his. I wonder how I would react once I get to read this. How much: Php 32.00