Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sunday Salon: reading and shopping

Just a quick post this week. Not a lot of bookish news to report plus H spent several hours today first changing the hard drive on my computer, then re-installing most of the software in an attempt to make it less sluggish. It's been hobbling along like an old man lately but this seems to have helped. Having a live-in techie is certainly nice! Anyway, that means it's now late and time to get to bed but I had to at least stop by the salon.

I haven't gotten too far in Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse yet but it is quite engaging despite the heavy subject matter. In fact I had to return it to the library and decided to get my own copy. It seems an important book to read and one I won't mind hanging on to. Someday it would be nice to have a big shelf full of the Japanese books I've read.

Today though I spent a couple of enjoyable hours reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, my first selection for the Once Upon a Time Challenge. What a lovely children's story! I wish I'd read it when I was a child but better late than never I suppose.

In writing up my monthly recap for March, I realized that I didn't buy any books at all last month! So to make up for that I ordered a few from Amazon Japan, a couple of which have already arrived (including my copy of Black Rain, The Digital Photograpy Book by Scott Kelby and the Royall Tyler translation of The Tale of Genji) and a few more that will arrive in a couple of weeks. I have a feeling I'll be sniffing around The Book Depository soon as well. There's the new Philip Pullman book out that I want and a few others.
But in the meantime it's back to Hiroshima and life after the bomb. Have a good week!

P.S. Next up, the winners of my BAFAB Week giveaway.
P.P.S. I know I said last week that I'd be posting some pictures from our trip. I haven't forgotten and I'll hopefully get some up in the next few days.


  1. Thanks for the link to the new Pullman book! This week I've read The Secret Garden for the Heart of a Child Challenge - such a pleasure enjoying a book I read as a child.

  2. Glad you decided to treat yourself to some new books. I think it's the least you could do after not buying any last month :)
    Oh and Jiro is too cute helping out with BAFAB.

  3. Cute photos of Jiro :)and great idea.

    I to will be buying a copy of BLACK RAIN next week, it is not the kind of book I want to read in a hurry and return to the library added to this their copy was falling apart.

    Have a great week I hope your cold is better

  4. I saw the movie Tuck Everlasting, but haven't read the book. It seemed like it would have been a good book.

    I can't wait to see your post on the giveaway winners...but I am mostly just excited you introduced me to Haruki Murakami. I found a book by that author yesterday and delve into it so easily! amazing so far.

    have a great sunday!

  5. It's years since I read 'Tuck Everlasting'. Thank you for reminding me about it. i must see if there's a library copy and enjoy it all over again.

  6. My computer has been more sluggish lately too. I think my husband is planning something similar for my computer.

    I am glad you enjoyed Tuck Everlasting, Tanabata. That is such a great story.

    I was hoping to make it through April without buying any new books, but a quick stop at the bookstore after a hospital visit, I couldn't pass up the remainder table with all those discounted books . . . Oh well. There's still hope.

  7. I'm SO GLAD you enjoyed Tuck Everlasting. It's one of those titles I wish I'd read as a child, too. The first time I got a taste of it was in a children's lit class I assisted with. My former thesis director read a bit of the book at the beginning of every class. It was lovely hearing it read aloud and serialized like that. Brought back childhood memories, for sure.

  8. I'm already mentally preparing my next order from The Book Depository, and the Philip Pullman book will certainly be among my picks!

  9. I very much look forward to your views on the Tyler translation of Tales of Genji. I've read both the previous translations... and remember this work as one of my most treasured reading experiences.

    Are there translations of Genji in modern Japanese? My impression is that that the language of the original would be far more daunting to a 21st C. Japanese speaker, than, say--Middle English to a contemporary American. Perhaps closer to reading Beowulf than Chaucer.

  10. I read Tuck Everlasting for my first Once Upon a Time book also and will be posting my review this week. I too wish I had read it as a child, but even as an adult still enjoyed it!

  11. Natalie Babbitt is terrific. I read The Search for Delicious earlier this year and it was absolutely exquisite.

  12. BooksPlease- Would you believe I've never read 'The Secret Garden' either. There seem to be quite a few children's books I missed out on. It is fun to revisit the ones we used to love though.

    Iliana- I'm totally in book-buying mood right now. It's only the beginning of the month, I'm sure there will be more purchases made! :P

    Madeleine- I don't like reading old books that are falling apart either. And you're right, it's not the sort of book to just rush through. And thanks, my cold is a bit better but I'm still stuffed up and my voice isn't quite back to normal yet.

    Bethany- I'm not sure I knew 'Tuck Everlasting' was made into a movie. I'll have to see if I can find it here. I'm glad you're enjoying the Murakami you got. I see it's 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle'. That's a long one but great in his typical surreal way.

    Table Talk- You're welcome. :)

    Literary Feline- It's probably a good thing there aren't such cheap books here or I'd be acquiring them at an even faster pace!

    Andi- It would be really good to hear it read aloud. There seem to be quite a few children's books that I never read as a child. I was reading but apparently not some of the classic ones.

    Nymeth- Yes, I've got a few in mind so I'm sure I'll be placing an order pretty soon. Their free shipping makes it all the more tempting, especially since it's often cheaper than buying it locally.

    Jacob Russell- I plan to start reading Genji sometime in the summer. My reading schedule is pretty full until then but I'm looking forward to finally tackling it. Apparently there are several modern Japanese translations of it, even a manga version. The story is still very much a part of the culture but few people have ever read it in its entirety, at least the people I've talked to. From what I've heard, parts of it are studied in school but because the Japanese is very old it is hard to read in the original.

    Stephanie- I agree that even reading it for the first time as an adult, it's a great story.

    Julie- This was my first time to read anything by her. I'll have to check into some of her other books.


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