Library Loot (5 February 2011)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

It was a quick hop skip to the library on Saturday – a drop off and pick up of some books. Strictly no browsing! Here are the three books I had on hold:

Other People’s Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories – edited by Gail Pool

Offering seventeen stories written by a culturally diverse group of authors, Other People’s Mail represents what letter tales, at their best, can do. They may be written from the Canadian wilderness, a private school in Geneva, a concentration camp, or beyond the grave. They may be comic or satirical, poignant or tragic, but all are united in their distinctive format.. “The first collection of its kind, Other People’s Mail is a unique and important anthology. Pool’s highly informative introduction explores the nature of letter fiction, and her individual preface to each story provides background information on both the author and the tale. A select listing of additional letter stories rounds out the anthology.

Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

I realised that I had never read this Murakami book after reading Scott Esposito’s essay on Murakami’s metaphors.

Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.

A college student, identified only as “K,” falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments–until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, “K” is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.

Moving Pictures – Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

Moving Pictures is the story of the awkward and dangerous relationship between curator Ila Gardner and officer Rolf Hauptmann, as they are forced by circumstances to play out their private lives in a public power struggle. The narrative unfolds along two timelines which collide with the revelation of a terrible secret, an enigmatic decision that not many would make, and the realization that sometimes the only choice left is the refusal to choose. Top Shelf is proud to welcome Kathryn & Stuart Immonen (Ultimate Spider-Man, Nextwave, Patsy Walker: Hellcat) to the Top Shelf family with this very intimate story set in World War II while the Nazis were pillaging much of Europe’s great art collections.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
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  1. I just commented on another blog this morning that I’ve loved both of the Murakami books I’ve read. I have not tried Sputnik Sweetheart, but I’d like to!



    1. I’ll let you know how it goes! To be honest, I’m a little confused by which of Murakami’s earlier novels I’ve read. I had been quite convinced that I’d already read Sputnik Sweetheart, only to read that essay and not know what Esposito was talking about! I’ll have to go check out the rest of Murakami’s works. The only ones I’m definitely sure of these days is Kafka on the Shore!


  2. I haven’ t read any of these, but I rushed right to the library catalogue to see about the one about letters/mail. And they don’t have a copy: argh! I’ll be interested to see what you think all the same.


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