A few more books

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Just a few more books:

  • Ernest Hemingway-  The Torrents of Spring     50p
  • Tove Jansson-  Finn Family Moomintroll     50p
  • Henry James-  The Turn of the Screw and other stories     50p
  • Geoffrey Chaucer-  The Canterbury Tales     50p
  • J.R.R. Tolkien-  Roverandom     50p
  • J.R.R. Tolkien-  The Silmarillion     50p

I know that the Moomintroll series are for children, but I loved them when I read them quite a few years ago, and thought that a copy of one of them for 50p was too good a chance to turn down. Also, in terms of ‘The Silmarillion’: I have read ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (and I hope to ‘reclaim’ my old and battered copies of these next week from my parents’), but despite owning an old hard-back edition of this work, I have never attempted it as I’ve just been overfaced by it. Hopefully, the purchase of a new, less cumbersome softback edition may prompt me to have another go!

Oh- I’ve also nearly finished ‘Heart of Darkness’, so there should be a review up of this soon. I also mean to get a few thoughts up on Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’ which I read the other week, and will endeavour to do this as well.

 

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3 thoughts on “A few more books

  1. Nice little haul! I found Kafka’s The Castle and Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell To Arms’ for £2 each at a large music store, pretty happy about that and can’t wait to read them! I’m currently struggling on Dostoyevksy’s ‘Notes From The Underground’ though (I’ve read a few books in between a break from it.. although if you get chance check out Mark Rowlands ‘Running With The Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality’, just finished it and it is a thought provoking book, well worth a read! Keep up the blog, loving it!

  2. Hi! Thank you for the positive comments- I’ve had a look at some write-ups on the Rowlands book, and it is definitely something that I will look out for; it sounds very different to anything I’ve read, and could be very thought-provoking. I stumbled on Kafka’s ‘The Trial’ when back in Oxford for my graduation, but sadly didn’t have any money on me. I’m still kicking myself.

    • I’ve read a few of his books before (‘The Philosopher and the Wolf’, and his ‘Animals Like Us’ on animal rights and ethics) and I have always found him a quite thought provoking on the nature of life, of what is it’s intrinsic value etc. I’d recommend the new book 🙂 With regards to Kafka I agree with your previous post about the short collection being hit and miss, but ‘The Castle’ looks great (even though it literally stops mid-sentence!), haven’t read ‘The Trial’ yet. I need to visit more charity shops, used to volunteer for one in Sheffield and I loved it, so many great books!

      And no problems, I’m really enjoying your varied entries so thank you!

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