New Books

October 27, 2007 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

Due to the Royal Mail postage strike, my books have been dribbling in in intervals. That’s okay – it prolongs the pleasure! When I arrived back from Norway, waiting for me were:

  • Kristin Lavransdatter parts two and three, by Sigrid Undset
  • Medievalism by Michael Alexander

And although I’m only sixty pages from the end of Kate Grenville’s extraordinary Secret River, I’m scared something horrifying is about to happen, and late at night I take refuge in Kristin’s medieval Norway. Over the course of the week, I’ve also received:

  • Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth Century Poetry, by Chris Jones
  • Getting Medieval, by Carolyn Dinshaw (got tired of taking this out of the library)
  • Postmodernism: A Beginner’s Guide, by Kevin Hart
  • The Student’s Guide to Writing, by John Peck and Martin Coyle (this is for a series of essay writing workshops I’m leading this term)
  • Writers’ Workshop in a Book, ed. by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez (I stumbled across this in Borders and couldn’t resist – it’s musings on the craft of writing from a variety of well-known authors including Amy Tan and Michael Chabon. It’s to feed my pipe dream of starting a second novel.)

Oh and some books have arrived for the lovie as well:

  • The Penguin Book of Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland (I dipped into this and it looks amazing, and much more fun than ploughing through the poetic Edda)
  • The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

I also have a new backpack load of books from the library, on top of the library books I brought back from Norway. It’s like living in a library in here…

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  • 1. Nyssaneala  |  October 30, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    An interesting collection of books! I’m curious how the postmodern book is by Kevin Hart. I studied postmodernism in a political context during my Master’s at UQ, and I’ve been meaning to delve back into the topic (outside the political realm) some day.

  • 2. meli  |  October 30, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    hmmm. it’s called a beginner’s guide, but it’s a bit confusing. it talks about postmodernism in a religious context, which is pretty cool as that’s a context usually ignored in discussions of postmodernism. i didn’t buy it as an introduction to postmodernism, but because i’m writing a chapter on hart at the moment and need to look at his prose and philosophical writing as well has his poems (which are utterly beautiful and not confusing at all).

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