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Wednesday, June 15, 2005
  So it's been a while, too long for me to get book tagged, so I'll just steal this off Scott.

1) How many books do you own?

I probably own just over a thousand books at the moment, primarily because I haven't knowingly disposed of one since I was about 14 years old. A brief stint as a student at Random House where payment was in books helped increase this figure and also provided some of the boxes that are shared between my flat and my parent's house.

2) What was the last book you bought?

The Bandini Quartet by John Fante. Essential reading for failed or failing novelists and people that hate L.A.

3) What was the last book you read?

Baudolino by Umberto Eco. I like Eco a lot, even though some people get annoyed with the academic feel of his novels. He almost, but not quite, fills the space left by Borges' refusal to write a novel.

4)Five books that mean a lot to me.

Lolita I've discussed this on here previously, so no need for any more. Essential.
The Duino Elegies by Rilke. Recommended to me by my brother, my copy is now severely dog-eared. I've also written about this in the past, badly, so I wont try again.
The Magus by John Fowles. Perhaps the book that inspired me to write a novel of my own, though perhaps not.
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. Really took hold of me when I first read it as a teenager. Thrilling prose, with a deep abiding fascination for the folklore that binds (some of) our imaginations.
Independence Day by Richard Ford. The supreme 'great american novel', which even if it didn't contain one of the most compassionate and subtle examinations of the american commercial (and sporting) psyche, would be included here simply because it has one of the finest last lines in modern literature.

5) Tag five people.

Well it would be nice if P & B from hereabouts would join in, so thats two. Then maybe Mark too. I've been away from this blog a while, so I'll leave the tagging there. 


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