Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Salon: From New York to Japan

I finished reading Breakfast at Tiffany's this week, as well as the three short stories that were included in the book. Like I had already begun to suspect last week, it's definitely my favourite of the three books I've now read by Capote. The other two were In Cold Blood, which I thought was ok but not earth-shattering, and Other Voices, Other Rooms, which I didn't care for. After Other Voices, Other Rooms I wondered if Capote just wasn't for me so I'm really glad that I enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany's as much as I did. Isn't it a great feeling to be pleasantly surprised by a book you weren't sure you'd like?

We actually looked for the film at the rental shop on the weekend but they only had one copy of it and it was out. But we'll try again and hopefully get to watch it before too long.

Now I'm reading An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. I'm quite enjoying it so far and it reminds me slightly of The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki. Perhaps it's just because both books deal with marriage investigations for one of the daughters of the family, but they both also seem to look at the changing attitudes and Westernization taking place in Japan before and after WWII.

I was so sleepy earlier today that I ended up having a nap, but I did manage to read a few more pages before I fell asleep, and I look forward to getting back to it in just a little bit. What have you been reading this weekend?

Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: Giveaway winners
Mailbox Monday
It's Tuesday... (Where are You? and Teaser Tuesday)
Weekly Geeks: Judge a Book by its Cover
Friday Fill-ins (and Facebook in Real Life)
PhotoHunt: Nautical

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. I think that with all the sensationalism in the news and all the true crime books that are out there now, In Cold Blood seems tame and old-fashioned. For its time, it was a remarkable book, and it broke ground for so many writers. My stepmother lived in Kansas at the time, and she said the crimes were chilling, and the book made it more so because the news didn't print details like that back then.

  2. This weekend I've been reading "A Confederacy of Dunces," which is a reread for me; but I'm reading it with a local group for a LEH (Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities') RELIC (Readings in Literature & Culture) program called "Encounter in Louisiana." The novel still stands up after all these years. Perhaps that's because New Orleans is one place, for better or worse, that hasn't changed all that much through the years!

  3. It's a great feeling indeed! Breakfast at Tiffany's was my first Capote, so I fell for him right away. Though I liked In Cold Blood and Other Voices, Other Rooms, I definitely wouldn't have been as impressed if I'd started there.

    I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the Ishiguro! It's one I want to read sometime.

  4. It is wonderful when I end up liking a book a lot more than I thought I would starting out. I am glad you enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany's, Nat.

    I hope you have a great week. My husband and I are about to head out for lunch out on town.

  5. I remember reading In Cold Blood as a teenager and not being overly impressed either. It was good, but not earth-shattering, as you said. However, I haven't read any other Capote.

    As for what I'm reading, this weekend I finished up Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie and am now delving into Edwin O'Connor's Edge of Sadness, which was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction back in the 1960s.

  6. I have an Ishiguro book on my pile to be read. I can't remember what it's called now. Once I'm finished with my library books, I'm going to read that one. Unless I get more library books which is entirely possible.

    This weekend I read a chicklit book, The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson. Good, but not great.

  7. My time has been spent with Cormac McCarthy. The Road has been absolutely beautiful. And it fills me with great sadness that I won't have a chance to read much longer today.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the Capote. I haven't yet read anything by him (I know, I know, I need to get on that!) I may just start with Breakfast at Tiffany's since it was so good :)

    Happy reading!

  8. I think I enjoyed In Cold Blood better than Breakfast at Tiffany's. Unlike you, I had seen the movie before reading the book, so perhaps that's why I didn't love the book. I'll be interested to hear what you think of the film when you get a chance to watch it. I love the music!

    I've been enjoying Jodi Picoult's latest, Handle With Care, while writing a couple of reviews. I'm ready to get away from the computer and go curl up with some hot coffee and my book. Just came in from walking Annie and it's cold outside!! 32 (F) with snow on the ground. At least the sun was shining!

  9. I plan on reading another Ishiguro title this year, and I bought the Makioka Sisters for the Japanese Literature challenge but didn't get to it. I'll try again for the next one, though.

  10. See, I'm afraid that once I read In Cold Blood I won't find it earth-shattering either. One of these days I imagine I'll get to it.

    Now, I'm very curious about the Ishiguro book. I've loved several of his books and this is another I must read. Interesting that it reminds you of the Makioka Sisters. Now I'm intrigued :)

  11. I started In True Blood a long time back and forgot all about it. I better go, finish it fast!

    My TSS post is up!

  12. I agree that Other Voices, Other Rooms was not a great read - it was so, well, odd and bizarre! It was like the author started dropping acid about 1/2 way through the book!

  13. priscilla - I can imagine that at the time it was very sensational, but yes I did find it rather tame. It's kind of sad though that we've got used to hearing about such violence.

    Teresa - I haven't reread many books but that's always the worry, that they might not live up to the first read. Glad you've enjoyed reading A Confederacy of Dunces again. I seem to remember you discussing that one with Cath ages ago in one of the Yahoo groups??

    Nymeth - Breakfast at Tiffany's would definitely have been a better introduction to Capote. I'm glad I finally read it, so I could finally be impressed by Capote. :)

    Wendy (Literary Feline) - I kind of wish I could go into all books like that. It's much more satisfying then being disappointed by a book that's been overhyped.

    unfinishedperson - I'd certainly recommend Breakfast at Tiffany's if you're looking to try something else by Capote.

    Michelle - Hope you enjoy it. I have another Ishiguro title in my stacks but I'm not sure when I'll get to it. So many books...!

    saveophelia - I think Breakfast at Tiffany's would be a great place to start with Capote.
    I loved The Road when I read it last year. Hopefully I'll get around to reading something else by McCarthy this year.

    Les - I've heard the film is quite different from the book, so I'm curious to see it and compare.
    A hot drink and a book sounds very tempting right now. :)

    3M - I hope you get a chance to read The Makioka Sisters for the next JLit Challenge. I keep meaning to read something else by Tanizaki but haven't yet.

    Iliana - This was only my second book by Ishiguro (the other was The Remains of the Day many years ago), but I have another in my stacks that I hope to get to before too long.

    gautami tripathy - LOL. Well, I hope you enjoy it!

    Wendy - I thought it started out well, but yes, half-way through it completely lost me! So bizarre! LOL.

  14. Yep, that was at books_that_locate. I joined because of that book (having previously read it) and others on the upcoming schedule back in Sept '03 and that's when I first met y'all.

  15. Teresa - You have a good memory! So it's partly thanks to that book that we 'met' then. :)


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