Winston’s library books


Well I fetch earlier this week four books from library I had ordered in this wad the first it was mentioned in an end of year choice by someone I can’t quite remember who .But idea of following a modern retake of Steinbecks travel with Charles , well the Dutch travel writer Geert Mak did just that .I am reading this and finding it more a discourse on a lost America than a real retracing of the journey so much .But still enjoying it and giving me a chance to read travels with Charley at the same time .The other three books fall into the possibility of been in the IFFP longlist so have got to read if I get chance over next couple of months .


Neuland by Eskhol Nevo a pair of tales in one novel the gather story coming to the promised land after the second world war and the next generation escaping and travelling the world to find themselves
Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda may be the next great Dutch novel a family tale of a family that seem perfect to cracks and Internet porn start showing all isn’t as it seems
F by Daniel Kehlman the story of three brothers a priest artist and financier all about to step into problems of their own

Well I choose these as they all appeared on Boud Tonkin’s end of year list at the independent and over last few years I have found a this a partial guide to what may appear when the IFFP comes out .

What books have you got from the library this year ?

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 20:14:26

    Travels with Charley is great, and so is Steinbeck’s “A Russian Journal” – he travelled through Soviet Russia with the photographer Capa just before the Iron Curtain came down.


  2. roughghosts
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 20:34:23

    Thanks for bring the three possible IFFP contenders to my attention. Coincidentally today David Kehlmann is the guest of Eleanor Wachtel, the most wonderful literary interviewer on CBC radio. The podcast is available should anyone be interested.


  3. heavenali
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 21:08:39

    I love visiting the library but have so many books of my own that I haven’t been for a couple of months. The last books I took out in about October got renewed and then returned with two of them unread.


  4. Travellin' Penguin (Pam)
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 00:37:00

    I loved Travels with Charley but had not heard of the author who follows him around. As I am doing the TBR challenges now I have not been to the library. Need to read my own books now.


  5. Col
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 06:42:19

    I’ve lost the library habit which saddens me. As a kid I used to love it – walls of books and that wonderful ‘bookish’ odour! I’m going to remedy this next weekend! As for the books – I’d bought Peter Buwalda before Christmas after hearing about it on Guardian Books Podcast. Not got round to it yet – but it’s nearing the top of ‘the pile!’


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January 2015


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