The OF Blog: Titles that are on my e-book readers awaiting to be read in full

Monday, January 30, 2012

Titles that are on my e-book readers awaiting to be read in full

For those rare few that care to know what I have on Kindle for iPad and iBooks to read, here's the list of titles unread or partially read that I've purchased:

John Langan, House of Windows

Kelly Barnhill, The Mostly True Story of Jack

Benjamin Percy, Refresh, Refresh:  Stories

David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?:  Translation and the Meaning of Everything

Ellen Willis, et al., Out of the Vinyl Deep: Ellen Willis on Rock Music

Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Laura Kasischke, Space, in Chains

Geoff Dyer, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition:  Selected Essays and Reviews

Alberto Moravia, Boredom

Yasunari Kawabata, The Old Capital

Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher

Imre Kertesz, Fatelessness

Maureen McHugh, After the Apocalypse

Ivan Bunin, The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories

Sigrid Undset, Jenny

Wladyslaw Reymont, Komediantka

Henryk Sienkiewicz, With Fire and Sword

Paul Heyse, Das Mädchen von Treppi

Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Der Pilger Kamanita

José Echegaray, O Locura o Santidad

Giosuè Carducci, Odi Barbare

Selma Lagerlöf, Jerusalem

Selma Lagerlöf, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

Carlo Ginzburg, Threads and Traces:  True False Fictive

José Maria Eça de Queirós, A Relíquia

José Maria Eça de Queirós, Contos
Luiz Vaz de Camões, Os Lusiadas

Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme conquistata


Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstacy of Influence

Dubravka Ugrešić, Karaoke Culture

Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia

Teju Cole, Open City

Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

Grazia Deledda, Canne al vento

Isak Dinesan, Seven Gothic Tales

Isak Dinesan, Out of Africa

Jacinto Benavente, Los intereses creados

Vera Nazarian, Lords of Rainbow

Henrik Pontoppidan, The Apothecary's Daughters

Plenty of good reading ahead for me in addition to several print editions.  Which ones have you read/want to read and what did you think of them/want to know more about?


David H. said...

I want to read the Bellos translation book; would be interested to hear your thoughts on that given your own translation work!

I've heard of the Teju Cole, Alan Hollinghurst, and Jeffrey Eugenides books, though I don't know if I'll read them.

I have read the Isak Dinesen book, "Out of Africa," which is pretty good. Not that close to the movie in structure, though, since the book is set up more as a series of vignettes about her time in Kenya. I'd be interested to know about her "Seven Gothic Tales," though, since I know that's another famous (at least contemporaneously) book of hers.

As for the Sienkiewicz, I actually just downloaded this for the Kindle that I received as a birthday present last week. I've been interested in this ever since I met some representatives of the Boleslav Orlicki’s Light Artillery, a Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth historical reenactment group, who apparently are big fans of Sienkiewicz's works.

Lsrry said...

You're in luck, as I plan on reviewing the Bellos in the next month or so. I've read the first two chapters and it's very good so far.

The others I also hope to review in the next two months, either here or (more likely) on Gogol's Overcoat, which is where a friend and I are posting our non-genre reviews.

I really liked the Jeremiah Curtin translation of Quo Vadis, if that helps you any with Sienkiewicz. Been meaning to read this one for twenty years now.

David H. said...

I just started following Gogol's Overcoat a week or two ago, so I'm sure I'll catch your reviews soon enough.

I think I had passed over "Quo Vadis" when downloading free ebooks, but it looks like the Curtin translation is the one that Project Gutenberg has so I will probably download it tonight. I was more interested in his fiction set in historical Poland (so his trilogy that starts with "With Fire and Sword" and "The Teutonic Knights"/"The Knights of the Cross"). Embarrassingly, I only just realized that Sienkiewicz won the Nobel Prize.

Bibliotropic said...

Bellos's "Is That a Fish in Your Ear" intrigued me just on the subtitle alone. Linguistics and translation are fascinating subjects, and I need to find more good books in that vein. I'll be happy to know what you think of it!

Michal said...

Ooh, I'm particularly interested in hearing your thoughts on Reymont.

Are you planning on reading anything by Stefan Zeromski? Or is he not actually available in English yet? He was also shortlisted for the Nobel in 1924 and lost it to Reymont, but Zeromski is generally more highly-regarded (only slightly) in Polish literary circles.

Lsrry said...

If you're tempted to get the Bellos book now, go ahead. I highly doubt it'll get bad after what I've read to date.

Reymont may be a few months down the road, unfortunately, as I have a LOT on my reviewing plate for the next few months, but I do want to cover certain Nobel Literature winners, so hopefully before the year is out. As for Zeromski, yes, he's available in English and I just ordered a used copy of his The Faithful River, as it seems promising. Didn't know he was shortlisted; I was buying a set of e-books from Nobel winners, but nothing from the shortlisted ones for years other than 1961.

Justin said...

Love QUO VADIS and FIRE AND SWORD. Also McHugh's AFTER THE APOCALYPSE is a great short fic collection.

Lsrry said...

Cool. I'm looking forward to reading them, although it may be a few months for some of these. I still buy a lot of print editions as well, so the total is nearing a 100 to read in the next 2-6 months.

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