Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

I’m taking a break from the weekly book write-up to formally announce my intention to join the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012. I never joined book challenges before, but after reviewing my 2012 reading plan, I think I wouldn’t be making huge adjustments. Wait, I have a 2012 reading plan? Yes, but let’s not talk about that now. And going back to the challenge, why not? Anyway, the challenge…

The Eighth Day – Thornton Wilder

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Someone killed his best friend. This someone was sentenced to death. And this someone was helped by some guys to escape. And the novel unfolds, I suppose. Having read a Wilder book before, this should be interesting. When: November 30, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Megamall Why: Another National Book Award winner. And I bought it despite the glaring tear at the…

The News From Paraguay – Lily Tuck

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A courtesan lives with a future Paraguayan dictator and sees the destruction, and probably the building, of Paraguay. When: November 28, 2011 Where: Book Sale – Makati Square Why: A National Book Award winner. And the title reminds me so much of one of my favorite Miss Universe candidates ever, Lourdes Arevalo of Paraguay, from the 2006 pageant. How much: Php 115.00

Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami

Who bought it: Another one given by Van. What is it: Not about Kafka the writer, but it is about Kafka, a teenager who is both escaping an omen and searching for his family. When: November 26, 2011 Where: The price tag says it was bought at National Book Store. Why: I’ve never read anything by Murakami before, but I was considering reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle since it’s supposed…

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

Who bought it: Given by Van. What is it: An ultra-violent teenager rampaging the day for violent thrills. When: November 26, 2011 Where: The price tag says it was bought at National Book Store. Why: I’ve always wanted to buy this book, but it’s ridiculously expensive for something that doesn’t even pass the 200-page mark. And I’m just more than happy that it was given to me happily by a…

Gimpel The Fool – Isaac Bashevis Singer

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A collection of short stories. Gimpel the Fool, the first short story in this book, is supposed to be his greatest short story. When: November 19, 2011 Where: One of the second-hand book stores at Cubao Ex Why: I was hunting for a Hollinghurst book but found this instead. The Hollinghurst book was bought. I should have bought it when I saw it…