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I won Names on the land but haven't received it yet, and on the thread for listing received books it doesn't seem anyone has gotten their NYRB titles yet.
And I will look into the issue with not receiving Names on the Land. I don't know how the ER program works, and if there's anything we can do about it.
It might be best to touch base with Abby (abby AT librarything.com) since she runs the ER program from the LT end. She presumably already has a contact person who deals with earlier reviewer stuff for your publisher.
I am very excited, at a first glance it looks very interesting.
Does it seem like some of the books have begun arriving?
I received no books on Early Readers this last time, and I was so hoping to receive The Chrysalids.
I have read it countless times, and still occasionally go back to it, even just to enjoy the purity of its 'Tuscan' flavour. I would like to get a copy (in fact, I requested it), just to see how well the English translation works, and if I don't, I am going to buy one.
I did not mean to slander Italy's favorite child hero. I loved the book when I was a child, and I still think fondly of it. In fact I have referenced it frequently in my teaching. (By the way, I'm amazed at how many of my students did not read the book as children and know it only through the Disney film . . . if they know it al all). However, I'm at that point in life, which could change tomorrow, where I don't feel an overwhelming desire to reread it. Now if NYRB had offered Carbonel, another chlldhood favorite, I would probably have marched all the way to LT head quarters and plopped myself down in the office until the staff promised to send me the book. Alas, it just hasn't made the cheap remainders list yet. I'm probably going to splurge and get it anyway. In fact, I feel my fingers creeping that way. See you later. I have a date with abe or amazon or someone. Sarajill, where are you? You have influence at NYRB. Remind them of all the impoverished NYRB lovers whose 401(k)s have gone south and may now face a bookless old age. Can't you start a special charity fund for us? ;-)
Yes, Sarajill, where are you????????
I also would like to know if the people at NYRB are going to consider reprinting House of Liars, which is almost impossible to find anywhere, and the few copies around are overly expensive.
I have never heard of Carbonel, I heve to go get some information about it. See ya!
Oh Mary, it is worth getting Carbonel. I got it without having found it in childhood and it is wonderful and the Children's books are so beautifully bound.
I wonder sarajill, is it the same editor who picked The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily? That was a fascinating book and I still can't decide if it is really a children's book.
Not having read the original Pinocchio I must say I am intrigued.
When my daughter was small, I bought all the Betsy Tacy books for her. I realized it was an excuse, because I wanted to read them more than she did!
I think that Carbonel was selected by a former editor, and The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily was chosen by the series editor—but the later was recommended by Daniel Lemony Snicket Handler. We have another Buzzati book coming up, a graphic novel for adults called Poema a fumetti.
Must check out Beyond the Paw Paw Trees. Are those Edward Ardizzone illustrations?
Why do Italian male authors have the priority?
I was just about to post a link to the article about Morante in the NY Review of Books, but I've just realized that it's not out yet. I'll let you know when it is. And I'm going to start a thread about women writers.
Have you ever considered contacting Stephen Sartarelli? He is the translator of Andrea Camilleri (the 'father' of Inspector Montalbano), among others, and has collaborated with William Weaver on other translations. It would be very interesting to hear his opinion on Morante's language.
Anything that has anything to do with Edward Ardizzone will eventually make it into my library!
I enjoyed it too DieFledermaus. Did you have any other thoughts about it?
I rather liked the ending - it was abrupt in a funny way. It reminded me of The Custom of the Country, where the main character also gets what she wants, but is still unsatisfied at the very end. For Honey, it seemed like a personality defect - she could singlemindedly pursue what she wanted, but in the end, regardless of whether she got it, was just left empty. Same thing in her previous experiences with her father and Pauly and the real Honey and her fiancee.
Dundy mentioned in her intro that she was trying to make Honey into an anti-heroine and I think she succeeded very well. She did quite a few things that were actively malicious and selfish, but I was always interested in what was going to happen to the character. It was a good use of the first person.
I like what you say about Honey and the personality defect. Especially if she is read as a metaphor for Americans at large and to some extent the novel begs us to look at the flaws of Brits and Americans.
She was a good anti-heroine. I am afraid I never found a trace of something to like about Becky Sharp so I never cared what happened to her in Vanity Fair but this anti-heroine I can enjoy.