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What have you just bought?; Well?
Topic Started: Aug 12 2007, 12:17 PM (156,448 Views)
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Many of us book lovers buy books at far greater rates than we read them. So tell us what you bought!

I started this thread because I'm so excited about my recent haul. Borders, in Buffalo of all places had these in stock:

The Tunnel by William H. Gass
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry with an aftwerword by Vollmann

And while I was stateside I picked up my Amazon order from a few weeks ago:

The Recognitions by William Gaddis (Intro by Gass)
Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (at $7 from Amazon why not own 2?)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Scholastic Edition by Joanne Rowling

Sheesh, if ever a book stood out from others eh?
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kline19
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I bought Mrs. Dalloway and a post-war American short-stories anthology for my sister's birthday present. Also, I bought Mahabharata at a bookseller on amazon.com. The guy it seemed getting low-quality paperbacks from India in bulk and selling them in the USA. Must be making a killing...
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Just got a shipment from amazon

Malina
The Savage Detectives
The Smartest Kid in the World
still waiting on Lunar Caustic
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I was so close to picking up The Savage Detectives at Borders but their price really wasn't very good and The Tunnel was spotted shortly afterwards.
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On the verge of buying Darkmans.
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suzannahhh
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I'm waiting for it [Darkmans]
to get to the USA

just purchased:

WIlliam Gibson - Pattern Recognitions
Edwards, G.B. - The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
JP Donleavy -
The Ginger Man
A Singular Man
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.

Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Tom Mccarthy -Remainder

Daniel Leader - Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe's Best Artisan Bakers

Ted Hughes - Collected Poems
Francis Steegmuller - Flaubert and Madame Bovary: A Double Portrait


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my last purchases are chang-rae lee's aloft and samuel beckett's three novels: molloy, malone dies and the unnameable.

i've targeted a book of poems by carl dennis as a future purchase.

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I don't buy books very often these days, as my shelves are already overflowing with books I haven't gotten around to reading. I get a lot of books out of the three libraries that I'm a member of (my school - I can ask them to buy books that I want without too many problems; my local community library - which has a great graphic novel collection; and the University of Melbourne - a big university library is great for up-to-date fiction of the less popular kind as well as academic works).

I also get a fair few books for free that I review, although mostly these days they're 'young adult' titles, and frequently not too great in quality.

Having said that, the books I've actually shelled out for recently (last few months) include McEwan's On Chesil Beach and Ondaatje's Divisadero.
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Today arrived in the mail:

Harold Brodkey: Runaway Soul
John Bunyan: Pilgrim's Progress

very excited. kinda started them both already.
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in elementary school i used to belong to the school book clubs--arrow, scholastic, tab--where once a month you'd get a form to fill out--you'd check off all the books you wanted to read

every month the books would arrive...everybody else had one or 2 books...i was the jerk who got the big carton

still doing it...today i got the carton from writers workshop, covered with stamps from india and tied with twine

it contains
--the kathasaritsagara by somadeva...a thousand-page storytelling collection that predates the 1001 Nights...the title means "the ocean into which the streams of story have flowed"
--mirza ghalib, on kline's say-so
--verses from the jap-ji (part of the sikh holy book)
--the hitopadesa by narayana (animal fables with political overtones)
--the silapaddikaram (tamil narrative history poem)
--paralysis, by chandrakant bakshi (novel)
--in sight of chaos, by herman hesse (essays about dostoevsky)

i already wanna buy more

try and stop me
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brandon1025
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i got a pretty good load for my birthday a couple weeks ago:

Italo Calvino - invisible cities
Borges - Complete fictions
Nabokov - Complete works (in one very large edition and two additional box sets!)

i am very excited as i have not read any calvino yet, i have just recently gotten into borges, and i have only read short stories by Nabokov... i have a lot on my plate.

has anybody read any of nabokov's plays? originally written in russian, the edition i have is translated by his son.
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the kathasaritsagara by somadeva


k2doggo, this sounds wonderful. please let us know how this is. i took a class last semester on literature/storytelling in pre-gutenberg times, curious they never brought this up...
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brandon1025
Aug 14 2007, 01:47 PM
Nabokov - Complete works (in one very large edition and two additional box sets!)

what's this!??!?

is it the library of america 3 volumes, or something else?

i see now my searching that there's many cool complete nabokov sets...but only in german, french, and spanish...
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k2doggo
Aug 14 2007, 02:00 PM
brandon1025
Aug 14 2007, 01:47 PM
Nabokov - Complete works (in one very large edition and two additional box sets!)

what's this!??!?

is it the library of america 3 volumes, or something else?

i see now my searching that there's many cool complete nabokov sets...but only in german, french, and spanish...

the plays were in one volume, (not sure of the publisher, but pretty easy to find), the box sets are put out by vintage, i believe? i seem to remember seeing that on the spine... i'll check this out when i get home from work tonight.
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brandon1025
Aug 14 2007, 12:49 PM
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the kathasaritsagara by somadeva


k2doggo, this sounds wonderful. please let us know how this is. i took a class last semester on literature/storytelling in pre-gutenberg times, curious they never brought this up...

Rushdie plays with this in his kids book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (which is great fun).
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kl0pper
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shadow lines by amitav garsh
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Pointsman
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Just ordered:

The Tunnel -- William H. Gass (I've written my will and said goodbye to my family. I may be gone for some time... :rolleyes: )

The Trilogy -- Samuel Beckett

Sixty Stories -- Donald Bartheleme (Finally...)

Collected Stories -- William Faulkner

Collected Short Stories -- T.C. Boyle

Complete Short Stories -- J.G. Ballard
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suzannahhh
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O and I see
T.C. Boyle's stories
that's a good thick'un
I'm sure you'll enjoy
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Read some pieces by him and thought they were great. Looking forward to reading the short stories eagerly.

Beckett's Trilogy I'm really looking forward to.

And for all of you wondering about my financial situation in relation to more book purchases: I'm on my third mortgage.

They're going to break my legs tomorrow. Won't that be fun. :rolleyes:
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the trilogy's my favourite novel(s) but i've just now bought/ordered/received

the stoics F H Sandbach

a history of Franciscan Education Bert Roest

Man In the Holocene Max Frisch

a not so tatty edition of The Death of Virgil Hermann Broch

Zeno of Bruges Marguerite Yourcenar, magnificent writer she is
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