Saturday, May 12, 2007

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After the camp, I bought three books at the Lee Plaza's book sale, thinking that I can indulge in reading this summer.
These books are:

Minions of the Moon
by Richard Bowes


"Hi. My name is Kevin. I'm fifty-four and I've been stalked by my own Shadow for as long as I can remember." So says Kevin Grierson at the beginning of Richard Bowes' Minions of the Moon. Kevin's Shadow appears to be the product of a family curse; his alcoholic mother also had a Shadow, and Kevin learned early to fear her appearance. His Irish family referred to the Shadows as "Faileas" -- when they referred to them at all.

Tula Station by DAVID TOSCANA
Translated by PATRICIA J. DUNCAN.


Juan Capistrán asked to be bathed early in the morning and perfumed with some lotion, perhaps to conceal the rancid odor of his flesh. They did not offer him much to choose from, and he made do with a bottle of toilet water. As he awkwardly poured it on his chest, Sister Guadalupe asked:

"Do you want me to comb your hair?"

"I can do it myself."

She opened the window, and the gentle hum of the street became a roar of cars and trucks, steps of people hurrying by, voices selling newspapers and fried pork rind. Along with the noise came a burning wind that, little by little, broke up the humidity in the room and that asphixiating sensation of being next to a chamber pot.

by Rosini Lippi

Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote region of Andelsbuch, Egg and Grossdorf. The author spent four years among the villages of the Bregenz forest collecting information on the local dialect. Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award.


I was able to salvage three books (soaked in rain water) at the campsite.

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea
by Yukio Mishima


As Ryuji begins to draw close to Fusako, a woman of the shore, he is eventually torn away from the dreams he's pursued his entire life. Fusako's son, Noboru, who shares an especially close bond with his mother through a voyeuristic ritual, hates the idea of losing his mother to a man who has let his hope and freedom die. This anger and fear of loneliness translates into terrible, savage acts performed by Noboru and the gang in which he is a part. The novel makes a powerful statement of what it means to discard the beliefs that drive you, the result of copying another's passions and customs, and the lengths some will go to in order to maintain what they believe to be true.

The Queen of Second Place
by Laura Peyton Roberts

Cassie Howard believes everyone has a talent. Unfortunately, hers is taking second place. No matter how hard she tries, she’s always second best . . . in school, in life, and especially in love. When Cassie discovers new-boy-in-town Kevin Matthews she wants him on sight. But so does conniving Sterling Carter, a ridiculously beautiful preppy princess and Cassie’s enemy since freshman year. Can the Queen of Second Place ever truly win?

Unfortunately, I have not started reading one of these... Forgive me :C
I should find time soon...

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