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How many NYRBs did you read in 2008?

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1DieFledermaus
Déc 19, 2008, 4:09pm

Or, what's your total after this year? Thought it would be good to post this since it's getting close to the end of the year.

2slickdpdx
Déc 19, 2008, 4:23pm

Only two: Dirty Snow and Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. Both were great.

3marise
Modifié : Déc 19, 2008, 10:34pm

Four in 2008, all very good, but the last two are my favorites:

Corrigan by Caroline Blackwood
The Dud Avacado by Elaine Dundy
A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy 'Brien
The PostOffice Girl by Stefan Zweig

4rebeccanyc
Déc 19, 2008, 5:52pm

6slickdpdx
Déc 19, 2008, 6:14pm

#5: tied for my favorite book of the year

What was the other?

9romain
Modifié : Déc 28, 2008, 7:12pm

10urania1
Déc 23, 2008, 8:33pm

#6 The Land of Spices by Kate O'Brien

11inge87
Déc 24, 2008, 10:56am

A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin
The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermoût
Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer

12ramage
Déc 26, 2008, 5:42am

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
White Walls by Tatyana Tolstaya
Uncle by J. P. Martin
Selected Stories by Robert Walser

13marise
Déc 26, 2008, 10:14am

>3 marise:
Must add one more (making 5) as I am currently reading The Unknown Masterpiece by Balzac.

14urania1
Déc 26, 2008, 7:51pm

#13 marise, what do you think of it? I have mixed feelings about Balzac. Some of his work like Cousin Bette I quite enjoy. A lot of his work bores me to tears however. I know it shouldn't but it does. Have you perchance read Eugenie Grandet? Dostoevksky translated it, and since I'm on an "all things Dodo" (as I affectionately call him) kick this year, I feel I should read Eugenie Grandet. I'm trying to figure out if I need to gird my loins (can women gird their loins?) for the long slog or if this is one of the Balzacs I'll enjoy.

15marise
Déc 27, 2008, 10:37am

>14 urania1: The Unknown Masterpiece is ok, but by the time I got to Gambara, the companion story included in this volume, I was starting to rethink my idea of ending the year with Balzac. In cases like this, I wonder if it is the translation.

I haven't read Eugenie, sorry, so I can't comment there. I don't have the "Dodo" translation either. :(

Last night I started The Fatal Skin (or The Wild Ass's Skin) and so far so good. Have you read it?

16urania1
Déc 27, 2008, 11:29am

>15 marise: No I have not read The Fatal Skin.

17Marensr
Jan 7, 2009, 5:31pm

Let's see

The Box of Delights (From the Children's Series I read it over Christmas -lovely)
The Dud Avocado
The Pilgrim Hawk
Slaves of Solitude
A Time of Gifts

18DieFledermaus
Jan 7, 2009, 11:07pm

I may have gone a bit overboard

As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo (not an NYRB, but I'm still counting it)
That Awful Mess by Carlo Emilio Gadda
Contempt by Alberto Moravia
Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Count D'Orgel's Ball by Raymond Radiguet
The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing
Boredom by Alberto Moravia
To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
Envy by Yuri Olesha
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
The Outcry by Henry James
Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett
The Engagement by Georges Simenon
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G. B. Edwards
The Wine Dark Sea by Sciascia
A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke
The Post Office Girl by Zweig

19nyrbclassics
Jan 8, 2009, 11:31am

DieFledermous: so which were your favorites—just curious!

20DieFledermaus
Jan 9, 2009, 4:51pm

I loved the Moravias and Zweigs - I ended up reading three others by Moravia and have another Zweig on the TBR pile. Besides those, my favorites were probably The Invention of Morel and The Fountain Overflows