Monday, November 22, 2010

What I've been reading

It's been about a month since I last posted about my current reads but sadly even though I've been reading I haven't been reading all that much. I do have a few books I can tell you about though. First of all, since that last post near the end of October, I finished reading Purple Jesus by Ron Cooper, and posted a review. I really wanted to like it and it's had some great reviews, but I think I just wasn't the right audience for it.

Then this month I finally finished my leisurely re-read of The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon and I just need to post my final thoughts on it. Plus I also read Japanese Gothic Tales by Izumi Kyoka. Earlier this month I posted about the first two stories in the collection, for the Classics Circuit Land of the Rising Sun: Meiji-era Japanese Classics tour. Kyoka isn't as well-known as some others but he's apparently been a big influence on several Japanese writers and I enjoyed getting a taste of his stories and his style.

Last week I started reading Doctor Zhivago but haven't got too far into it yet. The idea was to take part in the Doctor Zhivago readalong so I might try to catch up for the discussion of Book Two next week but we'll see how it goes. It's a fairly thick book and I feel like a need a good chunk of time to really get into it. I do love the special Harvill Secker edition of the new translation that I got though and look forward to reading it...eventually.

This week I've just started reading The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima as it's on the Japanese Literature Book Group schedule and we're supposed to discuss it next Monday. I'm not sure who all is reading along with me but I'm looking forward to reading my first Mishima!

And on my iPhone, which I read on mainly during commuting, I'm currently reading Heat Wave by Richard Castle. I've read stories within stories but I don't think I've ever read an actual book by a fictional character before! It's very fun though as I can totally picture the characters from the TV show. Perfect crowded train reading!

What have YOU been reading lately?

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  1. I got the sense from some of the posts on Doctor Zhivago that people are having problems with the new translation, so I hope you won't be disappointed!

    The Pillow Book is one of those books that I'm very nervous about reading, it's so long! But I liked your approach to it :)

  2. been reading cabrera infante three trapped tigers at mo a cuban classic ,youve been reading some great books ,all the best stu

  3. Oh wow, I actually know someone who finished The Pillow Book!!!

    Congratulations! I heard about the book before I met all these bloggers (well, a few bloggers) that were reading it, and my library has a copy, but... I'll check out your review of it when it's ready.

  4. Oh my, I had put down Mishima for December! :( Well, it's not the 29th yet ;)

    You know tanabata, I think it's better to be reading and not blog than the other way round... (and believe me: I know!)

    @Leeswammes: hey, you know me too! I finished it last month, remember! ;)

  5. The only Mishima, I've read is Temple of the Dawn, although I have The Sailor who fell from grace on my shelf. At the moment I've nearly finished Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco. As per usual enjoyed your post.


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