Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reap 'em and read

The books and their blurbs:

1. The Honorary Consul, by Graham Greene. "One of his very best novels." (Newsweek)

2. Nectar In A Sieve, by Kamala Markandaya. "Probably the ablest Indian novelist now writing in English... The finest novel by an Indian I have ever read." (The New York Times)

3. The Powers That Be, by David Halberstam. "Halberstam is such a gifted and forceful narrator that he glues a reader to this monumental and wonderfully anecdotal work." (San Francisco Chronicle)

4. Empire, by Gore Vidal. "No living American surpasses Gore Vidal in the difficult art of the historical novel." (Chicago Tribune)

5. Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett. "An acknowledged literary landmark." (The New York Times)

6. The Shadow of the Winter Palace: The Drift to Revolution 1825-1917, by Edward Crankshaw. "The great merit of this book, which is far more than a beautifully written and immensely readable chronicle of Russia under the reign of its last four Tsars, is that it restores a sense of historical perspective... This is without doubt [Mr. Crankshaw's] best." (The New Statesman)

7. Household Saints, by Francine Prose. "A sharp anthropological satire... The author's hilarious cultural puzzlements and broad caricatures give it a manic, almost madcap air." (The New Yorker)

8. The Taboo Scarf and Other Tales of Therapy, by George Weinberg. "Engaging, uplifting and refreshing... The nine encounters of 'The Taboo Scarf' range from poignant insight on the part of the therapist to existential sleuthing... Evocative." (The Boston Globe)

9. The Blooding, by Joseph Wambaugh. "A meticulous and suspenseful reconstruction... A powerful and elegant police procedural." (Kirkus Reviews)

10. Corelli's Mandolin, by Louis De Bernieres. "An exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent." (Los Angeles Times)

11. Further Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin. "An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco." (The New York Times)

12. Black Water, by Joyce Carol Oates. "Powerful, relentless... Invokes an America mired in its own black water of sex, power and cynicism." (USA Today)

13. Death in Venice (and Seven Other Stories), by Thomas Mann. "They are stunning testimony to the mastery and virtuosity of a literary giant." (From the back blurb)

14. Eighty-Sixed, by David R. Feinberg. "If Woody Allen were gay and wrote novels, he'd produce something like David Feinberg's 'Eighty-Sixed.'" (The Washington Post Book World)

What about these books? Listen to the very brief podcast below to find out. And remember my e-mail:


Prudence said...

How do I get "Death In Venice"?

Q The Conqueror said...

GIBBS! CONGRATS! 9.8 on berate my blog O_O. Woah (Top three lahat pinoy), Idol ko kayong lahat.

jayclops said...

pahiram lahat!!!!! hehehe. Death in Venice, ito ba yung may adaptation si Luchino Visconti?

Annamanila said...

Thanks Gibbs. I already sent you a gmail specifying alternative titles.

Thanks .. this is a great idea. Beats a garage sale.

Maganda ba yung sa Indian? I love the title.

Wow, marunong ka nang mag-pod cast. Bravo! What will you think of doing next?!

gibbs cadiz said...

hi TESS, so sorry, somebody beat you to the book. another title, perhaps? :)

hi Q, oo nga e, what a pleasant surprise, hehe. thanks for the heads-up! :)

JAYCLOPS, yep, that's the one with the movie adaptation. :)

hey ANNA, o ayan, the indian novel is yours na. ganda nun, spare and heartfelt. hehe, nag-try lang mag-podcast. next kong gagawin? video blogging! humanda si coy, hahaha! :)

Jen said...

wahhhh! i so wish that i have the time to read! what with work, school, church and gimmicks! (plus blogging!) .... someday!

gibbs cadiz said...

JEN, kaya mo 'yan, bawasan muna ang--hmmm, gimik ba o blogging? hehe. :)

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