Winstons books

Been a while since I got any books but last week had a splurge at Nottingham where that is a large waterstones and at local Oxfam .

The books –

The wild ass’s skin by Honore de Balzac ,choose this at oxfam due to its 70’s cover will read it for pink sheep cafes bad cover challenge next year ,plus my good friend linda is enjoy Balzac at moment and thought I d read another of his read one in twenties this will make two ,still loads of his to read .

Fear of De Sade by Bernardo Carvalho ,A Brazilian writer this book set in 19th century France is considered one of the best writers in Brazil at moment so really looking forward to this one .

Embers by Sandor Marai ,this is for my Hungarian week that means I ve four books now for that week next year ,this is set in Carpathians so expecting a dark tale and loads of suspence .

Kye by Lukas Tomin ,this is a twisted spoon book a book from 80’s a autobiographical novel set in london where Tomin lived at the time it is about identity .

The Tartar steppe by Dino Buzzati ,a book written just before the war follows a man that is post to a remote fort where he spends the rest of his life as he is forgotten considered Italian classic ,I loved the poem strip when I read it and want to see how two so different books could have come from the same pen .

Solibo Magnificent by Patrick Chamoiseau ,I jump for joy when I got this in oxfam as it is from Martinique a unusal police procedural ,written in french and creole .

The discovery of heaven by Harry Mulisch ,his recent death made me want to read his opus ,considered the best Dutch book ever ,I read another of his books a few years ago but this looks awesome .a book following a quest  and a couple onno and max .

Winter -a dance to the music of time by Anthony Powell ,this mean I ve books 4,5,6, 10.11and 12 I ve read the first two and have book three from library so this  is for when I get this far which will be a way of yet but was a bargain for two pound .




I ve add this post to the story siren mailbox post .have you read any of these books ?

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kinna
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 19:56:31

    A really good selection of books Stu. I’ve read both Embers and Solibo Magnificent. Loved both. Looking forward to your comments.


  2. chasing bawa
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 20:42:36

    Lovely haul, Stu:) I read Embers many years ago and remember it being quite atmospheric. Solibo Magnificent looks very interesting and I hadn’t heard of it before. Everyone seems to be talking about The Discovery of Heaven so I’m hoping to read it someday soon. And Anthony Powell, I’ve got all his Dance to the Music of Time books (which I got at a charity shop too) but somehow watched the adaptation before reading the book, so I’m trying to give it some space before actually tackling them.


    • winstonsdad
      Dec 05, 2010 @ 21:02:50

      I hadn’t till I saw it in oxfam looks great slibo ,I m taking a break from dance after three til late next year I ve enjoy the first two loads such a great series ,then going get the dvd of series when read it all ,all the best stu


  3. Lynne
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 22:25:56

    What an absolutely magnificent haul! I’m waiting to collect all of Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time before starting, and have my eye on Sandor Marai. Please do keep us updated as to what you think of these.


  4. amymckie
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 02:56:43

    I haven’t read any of these Stu but they all sound really interesting. Can’t wait to read your reviews!


  5. Ingrid
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 06:18:36

    The Carvalho book sounds interesting … can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Also, is that Winston peeking into that first picture? 😉


  6. The Book Whisperer
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 09:40:35

    Great haul, Stu (I love finding little gems of books for cheap). Winston is incredibly cute too! 🙂


  7. JoV
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 09:57:29

    I haven’t read any of these either but what a great haul! is that Winston? He looks like a toy! He is soo… adorable. 😉


  8. Simon
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 13:37:34

    Good haul there stu look forward to your reviews of them


  9. Amanda
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 15:11:53

    What a great haul!


  10. Willa
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 19:10:11

    Great books you have there! I especially want to read Fear of De Sade – let us know if you like it Stu.


  11. Tom C
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 08:01:55

    Some great finds there. I’ve read two Balzac’s this year, Pere Goriot and Lost Illusions and enjoyed them both greatly. I’ve another one waiting in the wings.

    On the book pile photo the only one I’ve read is Embers – which is excellent of course


  12. Eva
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:22:57

    I’ve read Embers: loved it! 🙂


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