Monday, August 03, 2009

Beautiful new books

I got a couple of really beautiful books in the post last week.

First, the straggler from my recent Book Depository order finally showed up. Kabuki: The Alchemy by David Mack. I'd been coveting this ever since I first heard about it on Carl's blog, Stainless Steel Droppings. It's technically a graphic novel, and I don't really even know what the story is about yet but it has some really fantastic art inside! Click on the link to Carl's blog to see some of the art for yourself.

Then I decided I just had to have a couple more books for the Japanese Literature Challenge 3!

Real World by Natsuo Kirino. I loved Out by the same author, but didn't much care for Grotesque. However, I'm still looking forward to reading this one and hopefully it'll live up to the first one.

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a famous Japanese folk tale written over 1000 years ago, it's even older than The Tale of Genji. Retold here by Yasunari Kawabata, it also includes several beautiful illustrations by Miyata Masayuki. It's so glossy and tempting, I think it won't be too long before I succumb.

What new books have you got lately?

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  1. Real World is very much character driven, but I enjoyed it. Hope you have fun reading it and your other books. :)

    ~ Popin

  2. You were not kidding when you said you'd gotten some beautiful books. Those are great covers, Nat. Enjoy your new books!

  3. Enjoy your new books! I especially like the sound of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

    I'm being good and not buying more books, but I did get Kindred by Octavia Butler via Bookmooch today.

  4. Oh I just found out about Kabuki: The Alchemy today, also from browsing Carl's site. What a beautiful book! Excellent illustrations and the very book itself is practically a well-crafted artwork. I want to find a copy too :) I've been hearing much about Kawabata's version of the Bamboo Cutter story. As I'm enjoying another Kawabata classic that I've just started reading, I'm guessing I'm also going to love that one on your list.

  5. Popin - I'm looking forward to Real World, and even if it doesn't compare to Out for me, at least it's much shorter than Grotesque. :P

    Wendy - Thanks. It's the same old problem ... I want to read them all. Right now! :)

    Nymeth - I can't wait to read The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. This edition is gorgeous plus it's a well-known story. I even saw a TV commercial the other day that made reference to it!

    Mark David - I've flipped through Kabuki: The Alchemy a bit, admiring the art. And I can't wait to dive into The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Which Kawabata are you reading? I've read Snow Country, which I really need to read again, and a book of his short stories. Hopefully I'll get to another one or two of his books this year.

  6. I'm reading Kawabata's The Old Capital. But I'm only a few pages in. I just finished Oe's A Quiet Life though and I was really fascinated with it.

  7. Mark David - I have yet to read anything by Oe, but he's another author I really need to read one of these days.


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