So I went around to pick up a few books yesterday…
Then though that I’d better check whether the streets are as good as they used to be. Due to a stupid law, the book-lover’s paradise at Fort had turned into a pathetic mockery of its former self. Hey, don’t mind the heavy-handed prose, I’m still pissed at those bastards.
The place’s still pretty barren, but there was one guy there who had a great collection of books. So I bought:
- The Complete Works of Shakespeare
- James Clavell’s Shōgun
- James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire
- Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and Hannibal
- Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim
- Aristotle’s The Politics
Whew. Carrying all those books is hard on the hands, especially if you’re still feeling a little weak from all the medication you’ve taken (just in case). A few of those were really hefty.
The Shakespeare book was a real find—a traditional red-leather bound edition that’s practically in pristine condition. And with come colour illustrations! Only for 250 bucks! Gotta calm down! It’s all in the original verse, no translations. More fun really, have read most of the ‘abridged’ versions of the plays anyway. You just don’t let a book like this pass by.
I’ve wanted to get my hands on The Historian for some time; it’s considered a classic already. A friend’s read it, and loved it.
Aristotle is bound to be boring as hell, but I wanted to give it a try. After reading Heller’s Picture This, and Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainece, I’ve got to read Aristotle.
The Joyce book was also a nice find. I liked Dubliners, and if I like this one too, I just may gather my courage to give Ulysses another shot.
Shōgun was just a lucky find—I hadn’t heard of the book before and just picked it up on impulse as I really liked the last book I read about Japanese culture. After googling it, I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
I’ve read Rice, but I didn’t own any of her books. And I really liked the first three books of The Vampire Chronicles. The rest not so much…
The guy also had Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul—which I passed up as it was a hard-bound edition for which he was asking 300 bucks, and I was fresh out of money. Also, I thought at the moment that I’d have to read Dirk Gently first, but now I realize that it was a sweet deal. I’m gonna buy those two books anyway, and now I’ll end up spending more money on a crappy paper-back.
Plus I forgot the order of Thomas Harris’ books; though it was Red Dragon, Hannibal and then Silence of the Lambs. Crap, now I’ll have to wait till I complete the set before reading—I won’t have the patience otherwise.
Didn’t post anything yesterday as was busy reading Simoqin (a whole different story, expect a post if I’m up to it). Now to decide what to buy online—I hadn’t expected to get anything cheaply this time (read second-hand), so I saved up a lot more. More good stuff, I’m sure.
Should probably stop writing now, just finding links for all those books will take me half-an-hour.