As I am always slightly behind with my posting schedule – and I was out the other week in a bookshop for the first time – it makes sense to mention the last haul from October before I mention that one.
There is a wonderful OXFAM shop devoted to books in Belper, if ever you are that way on in Derbyshire it’s worth checking out. I haven’t come away disappointed yet, except for how this photo turned out but I have no time to take a new one.
The quality of the authors speaks for itself, any quibbles with that statement, please let me know. Having finished La Bête Humaine already, with a review in the process, my quest continues with this and Nana to read all twenty books in the Rougon-Macquart series.
I picked up Márquez because it’s Márquez and I’ve gone into numerous reviews of his quality works, with a few more to come. I’ve read most of his output so anything outstanding is really a must.
My reasoning for Kazantzakis‘, Zorba the Greek, were a little more obscure, I knew it was a book and some people liked it but what swung it in the end is that I know Anthony Quinn was in the film (not watched), and I really enjoyed war film, The Guns of Navarone, and that’s as good a reason as any.
Nothing beats the delight of finding a much-coveted title, or even something new and unexpected that demands to be read as soon as possible. These days it seems bookshop visits should be treated as a luxury, and as with travel, I hope that that doesn’t become the ‘new normal’.