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11 March 2015

A few books I've enjoyed

I have family in town, and unlike the stereotypical disaster that proposition holds for some, I love having them here.  This is because they are not only good people and extremely funny, but because they are readers.  A few days ago I was asked what books and authors I've really enjoyed lately.  Here is my response:

Some favorites


Songbook by Umberto Saba
Canti by Leopardi
Love poems by Pablo Neruda


Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante
The Maias by Eça de Quieros
Club of Angels by Luis Fernando Verissimo
Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin
Ways of going home by Alejandro Zambra
My Struggle [vol.1] by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Nada by Carmen Laforet
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust 
Piano Stories by Felisberto Hernandez
The Insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolaño 
All Souls by Javier Marías


The consolations of philosophy by Alain de Botton
The architecture of happiness by Alain de Botton
A time of gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Between the woods and the water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Danube by Claudio Magris
The story of art by E. H. Gombrich
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
An intimate history of humanity by Theodore Zeldin
The art of happiness by Epicurus 
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-exupéry
Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah
The art of travel by Alain de Botton

26 February 2015

Back in the saddle.

In the last five months, I have been battling cancer and neglecting this blog.  The cancer remains and I keep fighting, but I think it is time for me to start blogging again.  Out time is finite, and I can think of very few things I would rather do thank be with my family and talk about literature here with friends.

Posts are coming.  Cheers to all.