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Entertain me!
Thursday, 14 June 2007 at 04:11 pm
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Here's the thing: I need more books. Books are expensive here, especially English language books, and the selection isn't that great either. I can get by with libraries and the few charity shops that exist (it's not as common a custom as in England). But unlike in the UK, I can't really find affordable books that I want as fast as I can read them. If I'm going to buy full-price books, I might as well buy them online.

My thinking is that if I buy lots of books at once, I'll be efficient with the postage costs. That means probably Amazon, since something like Abebooks which is a market place, not a retailer, loses the advantage of combining postage. Or does anyone have any better ideas? I'm not terribly enamoured of Amazon, but I think it's probably the most useful service for the purpose I want.

So, now's the time to recommend me stuff and I might actually get round to buying it, rather than putting it on a list and hoping that the appropriate title turns up some time. I have found that just asking for recs doesn't really work, so I'm going to play a game. If you comment to recommend something that I should buy, I'll recommend you something in the same format. I most especially want recs for books, but I might buy computer games, or DVDs, or classical music CDs too while I'm at it.

If you recommend a book, please recommend a specific title, not just an author. For classical music, I want recs of recordings really, I generally know what I like in terms of composers. (I don't buy classical music as mp3s, because a movement of a classical work doesn't map sensibly onto a "track" in the mp3 sense.) That said, I am subscribing to emusic again at the moment, so if you want to recommend me pop music, please go ahead. Again, I'd prefer specific songs, or at least albums, rather than just names of artists.

Do you need to know my tastes? My last four years of reading material; my music listening habits thanks to Web 2.0. LastFM is basically useless for classical though, so I should add that I like almost all Baroque and most early 20th century Impressionism, but I'm pickier about Classical and the earlier Romantic stuff. As a very broad generalization, I prefer orchestral or instrumental chamber music to opera and choral music, and secular to sacred, but there are definitely exceptions. Favourite composers: Couperin, Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach (duh!), Telemann, Händel, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Ravel, Débussy, Fauré, Scriabin, Stravinsky. I've probably forgotten some cos I'm bad at making lists.

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livredor: livre d'or
Date:June 14th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
1 hours after journal entry, 05:04 pm (livredor's time)
Ouch, that's five, I should have set a limit on this game, shouldn't I?!

I enjoyed The English Patient so why not go for another Ondaatje? Anne Michaels: Fugitive Pieces is Canlit and Ondaatje's writing reminded me of hers, so that's one.

A good modern translation of Mahabharara sounds like a really cool idea. I think the best match I have for that is Dorothy L Sayers' verse translation of Dante.

Good non-fiction with a high standard of prose is André Maurois' biography of Alexander Fleming, which I read for a primary school project on biography and it left a strong impression though it was way over my head. If you read French well enough to read it in French then go for it; I can't remember who did the translation I read.

Tooth and Claw was on the list of stuff I likely wanted anyway, since I slightly know Jo Walton and enjoyed her Arthurian stuff. I haven't read any of the Trollope it's supposed to be based on, and I can't think of any good grownup dragon books off the top of my head. Have you read any WS Maugham? Of human bondage is long and Victorian but a very good example of such.
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chickenfeet2003: default
Date:June 15th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
1 days after journal entry, 01:23 pm (chickenfeet2003's time)
I read Maugham many years ago. FWIW I loathe Trollope but loved "Tooth and Claw". AFWIW I don't really like anything else by Jo that I have attempted.
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rysmiel: swan raised by wolves
Date:June 15th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
1 days after journal entry, 03:23 pm (rysmiel's time)
As Maugham goes, I love Cakes and Ale, perhaps because Rosie Gann is one of the very few fictional characters who shares a particular significant chunk of my emotional wiring. I'm also rather fond of "Theatre", largely because of the stunning film version, Being Julia.
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