Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, June 2005
- Norman Douglas, Old
- Travels in darkest southern Italy by the author of South Wind. Some lovely
travel writing, amusing historical and theological reflections, observations of
the country and its inhabitants, etc., interspersed with what are now very
jarring reminders that the English-speaking world in 1915 was indeed another
country, and in some ways a very unpleasant one. (E.g., the completely
unself-conscious way Douglas talks about "we white men", in contrast to the
Calabrians.) — The first chapter would be completely confusing
without at least some acquaintance with the history of medieval southern Italy,
especially that of Frederick
II and his heirs.
- Stephen King, Song
- Volume 6 of the Dark Tower series. (See earlier remarks on vol. 5.) One
more to go...
- James Tucker, Abra Cadaver, Hocus Corpus
- Series of mystery novels about a Pittsburgh surgeon and amateur magician.
I read them to try to get some feel for the city — we'll see how well
that works — but they're amusing enough, in a brain-candy way. (I can
barely follow the explanations of the magic tricks, though.)
- Joseph Conrad, Nostromo
- Conrad is, as always, a minor god of prose and story. However, the later
author's foreword at the beginning of the edition I read (Doubleday, 1924) is
one damn spoiler after another...
- Andrea Camilleri, Excursion to Tindari
- Excellent Sicilian police procedural. The middle of a series; I will be
reading the rest.
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur
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