Here are some books I’m considering reading for Kate’s Reading Across Borders challenge:
- Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter. The Traveller has written eloquently about this one, and I have it at home already — and it’s short, in a time when I’m contemplating reading a lot of really long books.
- Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and now it will soon be on its way to me, thanks to Bookmooch.
- Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch. I’m curious to read this one, once I figure out how.
- Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Emily recommended this one.
- Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City. I’ve heard about this one from a lot of people lately.
- Junichiro Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters. I found a copy of this last summer at a library sale, after hearing about it in Jane Smiley’s book on the novel. I remember liking an essay of his I read for class very much.
- Cao Xueqin’s The Story of the Stone, Volume I. Check out the review of this at The Literary Saloon.
- Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace Walk. I’ve been meaning to read this for quite a while — it’s the first part of a trilogy.
- Qiu Xiaolong’s A Loyal Character Dancer. I don’t even remember where I heard about this, but it’s there on my TBR list. I must have read about it on somebody’s blog.
- One more — the Bhagavad Gita. I’d love to get to this one soon.
- And one more I just remembered is on my shelves: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima.
Lots of good possibilities there, right? The question will be deciding which ones to read. I’ve committed myself to five. And other interesting ones may come along in the meantime …