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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadshadz View Post
    ^Damn, if I had money like that, I would've snagged those Kipling books. And Never Let Me Go first edition...guess you could say never let it go at least for a while, that'll probably be worth a lot one day.
    I wish I had enough money to spend on the Kipling stuff. I mean, I technically do, but at this point I can't justify purchasing it. I'd feel ridiculous.

    It's in a glass lock box. There's a sign explaining it's some special limited edition or something with only X number of copies.

    The only signed Nobel winner I have is a very battered copy of an Issac Bashevis Singer novel that I basically got for free when a half price books went out of business. And sadly, it's not a first edition or anything special. Just some rerelease hardcover.

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    Nine days of Book Fair brought nearly 30 new titles to my pile. Will make the list later today.

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    Bohumil Hrabal, The Gentle Barbarian/The Little Town Where Time Stood Still/My Cat Auticko
    Giorgos Seferis, Mythistorima, Complete poetry
    Adam Zagajewski, Asymmetry
    Pascal Quignard, Les Solidarités Mystérieuses
    Emmanuel Carrère, La Classe de Neige
    Frédéric Beigbeder, L'amour Dure Trois Ans
    Robert Musil, Three Women/Unions
    Heimito Von Doderer, Short Stories
    Tomaž Šalamun, Collected Poetry
    Ismail Kadare, A Girl in Exile
    Ana Blandiana, My Land A4
    Eduardo Lizalde, El Tigre en Casa
    Guillermo Tessel, El Ojo de Dios
    Julián Herbert, Canción de Tumba
    Ernesto Cardenal, Complete Poetry Vol 1
    Abilio Estevez, El Bailarín Ruso de Montecarlo
    Derek Walcott, Omeros
    Willian Opsina, Ursúa/La Serpiente sin Ojos
    Pablo Montoya, Tríptico de la Infamia
    Liliana Colanzi, Nuestro Mundo Muerto
    Magela Baudoin, La Composición de la Sal
    Diego Zuñiga, Racimo
    Clarice Lispector, A Paixão Segundo G.H
    Joca Reiners Terron, A Tristeza Extraordinária do Leopardo-das-Neves
    José Luis Peixoto, Em Teu Ventre
    Amos Oz, Judas
    Ondjaki, Os Transparentes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel del Real View Post
    Ismail Kadare, A Girl in Exile
    That's one of his weakest works.

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    Nice purchases Tiga. I've never read Palinuro de México and it's a big pending debt. Glad you will be reading González novel, which I adored.
    Let me know how you find the Takagi book. I'm always in search of new Japanese writers, and last year I read very little Japanese literature.

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    Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Aranyak of the Forest

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    Arreola, Juan Jose The Fair

    Arguedas Jose Maria Yawar Fiesta

    Mann, Thomas Joseph the Provider

    Fontane, Theodor Effi Briest

    Liyong, Taban lo Fixions & other stories

    Turgenev, Ivan A Month in the Country

    Vasquez, Juan Gabriel Lovers on All Saints' Day: Stories

    Mortier, Erwin While the Gods Were Sleeping

    Winterbach, Ingrid To Hell with Cronjé

    Kjærstad, Jan The Seducer

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiganeasca View Post
    Arreola, Juan Jose The Fair

    Arguedas Jose Maria Yawar Fiesta

    Mann, Thomas Joseph the Provider

    Fontane, Theodor Effi Briest

    Liyong, Taban lo Fixions & other stories

    Turgenev, Ivan A Month in the Country

    Vasquez, Juan Gabriel Lovers on All Saints' Day: Stories

    Mortier, Erwin While the Gods Were Sleeping

    Winterbach, Ingrid To Hell with Cronjé

    Kjærstad, Jan The Seducer
    Tiga, have you been going on a book-buying spree these past two months are do you have access to an excellent library?

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    Roger Deakin: Waterlog

    I'm really looking forward to reading this author whom nature writer Roger Macfarlane called "a passionate, engaged, subversive country intellectual." Waterlog is said to have reinvigorated the practice of "wild swimming" in the UK.

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    Ah, Stevie B.... Who needs an excellent library when you can spend your own hard-earned cash? I do note that my combined purchases pale besides Daniel's, but I also admit I just can't help myself. That's why the basement has become our de facto library. There just isn't room for the books elsewhere; the walls down there are lined with bookcases and a few (ahem) thousand (ahem) books. Worse still, all the USA/UK fiction is still boxed from our move five years ago because there's nowhere to put it. I figure I'll have this all sorted out and looking good about the time I'm slowly lowered into the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiganeasca View Post
    Ah, Stevie B.... Who needs an excellent library when you can spend your own hard-earned cash? I do note that my combined purchases pale besides Daniel's, but I also admit I just can't help myself. That's why the basement has become our de facto library. There just isn't room for the books elsewhere; the walls down there are lined with bookcases and a few (ahem) thousand (ahem) books. Worse still, all the USA/UK fiction is still boxed from our move five years ago because there's nowhere to put it. I figure I'll have this all sorted out and looking good about the time I'm slowly lowered into the ground.
    Of the money I've spent on myself over the years, I've spent the most on books. I'm not a foodie, I'm a bargain shopper when it comes to buying clothes, and I don't care much about cars (other than the one I drive is rust-free and reliable). I used to think of my book collection as a kind of investment, but as the value of most books continues to drop, I've since accepted there will be no financial gain.

    Nonetheless, when it comes to book collecting, there's the excitement of the hunt, the beauty of a book's art work and design, the joy of reading, and the comfort of having books within arm's reach. The only thing I am more passionate about is my bug collection. j/k
    Last edited by Stevie B; 18-Feb-2018 at 20:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie B View Post
    ...there's the excitement of the hunt, the beauty of a book's art work and design, the joy of reading, and the comfort of having books within arm's reach. The only thing I am more passionate about is my bug collection. j/k
    Bugs, shmugs. () Otherwise, very well said. I am fortunate to be in the wilds of Chicago where used bookstores are plentiful. And better still, there are even some excellent ones. I find it is the rare book that I purchase any more that is a genuine new book. I can find most of what I am after--even if I didn't know I was after it--used, either in person or online. And when I finish a book, I love to go through the shelves, perusing away until I find just what I am after.

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