Posted February 6, 2007on:
Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson This will be the first novel of a living Jamaican novelist that I will read since Harriet’s Daughter (9th grade).
Artemisia – Anna Banti I am expecting this to be great. If it is I may take a look at the other selections in the European Women Writers Series, published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual – David Treuer He could put his name to a cereal box advert, I would buy it. I am surprised that this book rather than his earlier novels was in-stock.
Troubles – J.G. Farrell Never underestimate the power of a John Banville introduction over my wallet.
The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk I am certain that I missed several layers of meaning in My Name is Red. This proved no obstacle to my burgeoning fascination with his creative imaginings.
Istanbul: Memories and the City – Orhan Pamuk Which can only explain why I took this as well, even though it sports, among others, the “memoir” label. (I shuddered as I typed it. Memoir. *shudder*)
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan His fans are fierce indeed. I’ve been told that he is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and Atonement is the novel. I cracked it open but the first page didn’t grab me. (Confession: I have an aversion to WWII settings for fiction.) Enduring Love made a better first impression and I had the pleasure of watching, in bits and pieces, a bizarre, out-of-control, earnestly “arty” film adaption starring Daniel Craig and Samantha Morton. (Has anyone seen it? Did it make you giggle?) It is also said that McEwan’s Booker win for Amsterdam was an apology for not giving it to Enduring Love. Is this true?