Sunday Post #21 – 1/19/2020

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JUST READ

Goddess Power  Sanshiro

Goddess Power: review live on 1/20
Sanshiro was reviewed here

CURRENTLY READING

Theological Territories  And Then

Theological Territories: A David Bentley Hart Digest
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date April 15
Orthodox theology book on Edelweiss.  By an author I like, but this collection of 26 essays is not so much about Orthodoxy so far.
See details below in the Book Journal section.

And Then, by Natsume Soseki (1909)
Reading for the  Japanese Literature Challenge 13 and for The Classics Club.
This is the 2nd volume in the trilogy I started, with Sanshiro.
“One of the central masterpieces of 20th-century Japanese literature, The Gate describes the everyday world of the humble clerk Sosuke and his wife Oyone, living in quiet obscurity in a house at the bottom of a cliff. Seemingly cursed with the inability to have children, the couple find themselves having to take responsibility for Sosuke’s younger brother Koroku. Oyone’s health begins to fail, and news that her estranged ex-husband will be visiting nearby finally promotes a sense of crisis in Sosuke and forces him temporarily to quit his life of quiet domesticity. Highly prized for the beauty of its description of the understated love between Sosuke and Oyone, the novel has nevertheless remained in many ways mysterious. An analysis of the novel by Damian Flanagan casts fresh insights into its complex symbolism and ideas, establishing The Gate as one of the most profound works of the modern age. ”

Audio book

The Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop (1918), by Christopher Morley
Sequel to the delightful classic book on books: Parnassus on Wheels
Am listening to it for The Classics Club.
“The new life the itinerant bookman delivers to Helen McGill, the narrator of Parnassus on Wheels, provides the romantic comedy that drives the novel. Published in 1917, Morley’s first love letter to the traffic in books remains a transporting entertainment. Its sequel, The Haunted Bookshop, finds Mifflin and McGill, now married, ensconced in Brooklyn. The novel’s rollicking plot provides ample doses of diversion, while allowing more room for Mifflin (and Morley) to expound on the intricacy of the bookseller’s art.”

BOOK UP NEXT

The Gate

Last book in the trilogy after Sanshiro and And Then.
Will be reading for Japanese Literature Challenge 13 and The Classics Club.

“One of the central masterpieces of 20th-century Japanese literature, The Gate describes the everyday world of the humble clerk Sosuke and his wife Oyone, living in quiet obscurity in a house at the bottom of a cliff. Seemingly cursed with the inability to have children, the couple find themselves having to take responsibility for Sosuke’s younger brother Koroku. Oyone’s health begins to fail, and news that her estranged ex-husband will be visiting nearby finally promotes a sense of crisis in Sosuke and forces him temporarily to quit his life of quiet domesticity. Highly prized for the beauty of its description of the understated love between Sosuke and Oyone, the novel has nevertheless remained in many ways mysterious. An analysis of the novel by Damian Flanagan casts fresh insights into its complex symbolism and ideas, establishing The Gate as one of the most profound works of the modern age. ”

LAST 2 BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR

  Lanark  The Good Soldier

Lanark
Published in 1981
Found on a book blog
“This work, originally published in 1981, has been hailed as the most influential Scottish novel of the second half of the 20th century. Its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, personal and political, about humankind’s inability to love and yet our compulsion to go on trying.”

The Good Soldier
1915
Recommended by one of my French students
“”A Tale of Passion,” as its subtitle declares, The Good Soldier relates the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness by the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade. It is the attitude of Dowell, his puzzlement, his uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration that make the book so powerful and mysterious. Despite its catalogue of death, insanity, and despair, the novel has many comic moments, and has inspired the work of several distinguished writers, including Graham Greene.”

BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

 Goddess Power   Logic Puzzles  

Goddess Power
Release day 2/4/20, received for review
Received, read, and reviewed in the same week, that’s highly unusual!!
Review live on 1/20

Logic Puzzles for Clever Kids
Release day 2/11/20, received for review

BOOK JOURNAL

1/13
📚 I managed to write 2 reviews, and I finished Sanshiro

1/14
📚 I started reading Goddess Power, and so loving it! As it’s focusing on only 10 goddesses, I was afraid it was going to be very limited, but the author actually manages to expand the focus in each chapter to offer a great overview of the whole of Greek (mostly) mythology.
📚 Am listening to The Haunted Bookshop, the sequel to Parnassus on Wheel, that I enjoyed a lot in December. Though this one starts much more slowly, with some long developments that are not very interesting and beside the plot, I think. However, like in the previous book, you can see the author had fun when he was writing it. Puns, funny remarks on society, etc.

1/15
📚 The Haunted Bookshop: more long passages outside the plot today, BUT they were actually interesting and strong positions against the War (the book was published in 1918). The plot itself is still dragging.
I wrote a review on Minimalism.
📚 I finished Goddess Power (review live on 1/20)
📚 Theological Territories: the second essay is even more difficult. It’s addressing Revelation and Givenness, by Jean-Luc Marion, an author I read decades ago. There’s also a lot about Heidegger. Alas, my fascinating philosophy years are far behind.

1/16
📚 I wrote a happy review on Sanshiro
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Didn’t read much tonight, as  went to see Richard III at my public library. Played by an interesting group, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. The actors are mostly in street clothes, and they have their book, BUT believe me, it works, they are FABULOUS. I saw them play Hamlet last year. In 2020, they will play also Romeo and Juliet, and Measure For Measure.

1/17
📚 The Haunted Bookshop: it’s really not well put together, I think, at least compared to book 1 (Parnassus on Wheels) in this short series. There’s some type of mystery, but with so many digressions and reflections, it’s hardly a thriller.
Today, there were more digressions on peace/war. It made me sad to know that the author’s high hopes for peace alas after WWI , would soon be forgotten with WWII. And he died in 1957, so he witnessed another war.
There were cool passages on books. I especially like these two:
“I wish there could be an international peace conference of booksellers, for (you will smile at this) my own conviction is that the future happiness of the world depends in no small measure on them and on the librarians.”
“Long ago I fell back on books as the only permanent consolers. They are the one stainless and unimpeachable achievement of the human race. It saddens me to think that I shall have to die with thousands of books unread that would have given me noble and unblemished happiness. I will tell you a secret. I have never read King Lear, and have purposely refrained from doing so. If I were ever very ill I would only need to say to myself “You can’t die yet, you haven’t read Lear.” That would bring me round, I know it would.”
📚 I spent some time writing extensive notes for the essays I have already read in Theological Territories, to help with my final review. Otherwise, I may forget and everything will end in a mush at the end. This is NOT easy reading.

1/18
📚 Delving more in And Then. At first, the style seemed very different from Sanshiro. But now, it’s fun to identify the commonalities between these first two books of the trilogy.

THIS PAST WEEK ON
WORDS AND PEACE
and FRANCE BOOK TOURS

New book tour open for reviews/spotlights: Landing by Moonlight: a Novel of WWII, by Ciji Ware (Romantic thriller/Historical novel). Reserve your spot!

Book of the month giveaway

COMING UP ON WORDS AND PEACE

    Japanese Literature 13

January-March: Japanese Literature Challenge 13

  • 1/20: Book review: Goddess Power
  • 1/21: Top Ten Tuesday on most recent additions to my TBR
  • 1/22: Spotlight and giveaway on Permanent Weight Loss
  • 1/23: Book review: The Healthy Breakfast Cookbook
  • 1/24: Book review: Logic Puzzles For Clever Kids

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

 

Book review: Sanshiro

Sanshiro

Sanshiro
by Natsume Soseki
First published in Japanese in 1908
Translated by Jay Rubin
With an introduction
by Haruki Murakami
Penguin Classics edition
ISBN13: 9780140455625
2009
Literary fiction/Japanese literature
235 pages

Goodreads

I recently decided to keep this long format only to review books received for review, and write shorter reviews in my Sunday Posts, right later I finish reading a book.
Well, my review of Sanshiro was getting too long, so here it is by itself. It makes sense, for this amazing classic.
I read it both for the Japanese Literature Challenge, and for The Classics Club (Classics Spin #22).

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Bout of Books 27: Day 6 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 27

Bout of Books 27

#boutofbooks

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th
and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 27 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
– From the Bout of Books team

DAY 6 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki =  112 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = 2H15, equivalent to 10 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop = 25 minutes, equivalent to 15 pages

Total for Day 6:  137 pages
TOTAL so far:   489/575

That’s great for the audio time I had ironing to do!

I did the Instagram challenge, about an anticipated release

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DAY 5 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki = 56 pages

Total for Day 5:  56 pages
TOTAL so far:  352/575

This is getting more pathetic than even anticipated. It was definitely not a good idea to do it with this super busy and exhaustiing week

I did the Instagram challenge.
And on Twitter, I posted the perfect book for the “The One With the Books in It” challenge.

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DAY 4 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = 10 minutes, equivalent to 2!! pages

Total for Day 4:  2 pages!!
TOTAL so far:  296/575

Who knew this was going to be the most pathetic day!!! I went to a late Christmas party and so had no time at all to read in the evening. And another party tonight, unless snow comes and changes our plans.

I did the Instagram challenge (the other one didn’t inspire me):

AND I did manage to write a short review for Eagle Strike. It will be live on 1/12 in my Sunday Post.

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DAY 3 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = 111 pages – FINISHED
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = 1H05, equivalent to 18 pages

Total for Day 3:  129 pages
TOTAL so far:  294/575

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, bookish matchmaking, books I’m looking for
– on Instagram, a winter-themed book from my shelves

I also managed to write 2 reviews:
– For Perfect Little Children: will be live on 1/15.
– For Figure Drawings for Kids: will be live on 1/10

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DAY 2 RECAP
Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = 80 pages

Total for Day 2:  80 pages
TOTAL so far:  165/575

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, my 2020 goal
– on Instagram, my feel-good book

With Church (Nativity celebration) and an evening party, I didn’t have much time, and decided to use the little reading time I had with an easy one, which is YA adventure/mystery.

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DAY 1 RECAP
NB: This is my 14th participation in #boutofbooks

Here is what I read (actually listened to) on DAY 1:

  1. Theological Territories, by David Bentley Hart = 16 pages
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki = 4 pages
  3. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = 30 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Hokakura: 1H40 minutes = 35 pages
    FINISHED

Total for Day 1:  85 pages
TOTAL so far:  85/575

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Introduce yourself #insixwords
– on Instagram, currently reading

The Book of TeaAnd I managed to write a short review for The Book of Tea (will be live on 1/12).
So not too bad withe little time I had today.

So glad I had to cook something for Church and wrap gifts for our Nativity celebration this Tuesday – that gave me time to listen to audiobooks!

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Books I’m reading:

  1. Theological Territories, by David Bentley Hart
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki
  3. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz = FINISHED
  4. The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino, by Hiromi Kawakami
  5. Audiobook: The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Hokakura = FINISHED
  6. Audiobook: The Book of Genesis = FINISHED
  7. Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley

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