Library Looting some classics

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

 

Just one book for me this week. This one is for the Back to the Classics challenge. And will also count for the Diversity on the Shelf challenge

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The Makioka Sisters – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. As told by Junichiro Tanizaki, the story of the Makioka sisters forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family–and an entire society–sliding into the abyss of modernity.

Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family’s exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances. Filled with vignettes of upper-class Japanese life and capturing both the decorum and the heartache of its protagonist, The Makioka Sisters is a classic of international literature.

 

Also, one e-book hold came in:

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Oreo – Fran Ross

Love the cover!

Oreo is raised by her maternal grandparents in Philadelphia. Her black mother tours with a theatrical troupe, and her Jewish deadbeat dad disappeared when she was an infant, leaving behind a mysterious note that triggers her quest to find him. What ensues is a playful, modernized parody of the classical odyssey of Theseus with a feminist twist, immersed in seventies pop culture, and mixing standard English, black vernacular, and Yiddish with wisecracking aplomb. Oreo, our young hero, navigates the labyrinth of sound studios and brothels and subway tunnels in Manhattan, seeking to claim her birthright while unwittingly experiencing and triggering a mythic journey of self-discovery like no other.

 

 

And the kids’ loot as usual…

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Library Looting some classics

  1. I’ve had The Makioka Sisters (the same edition pictured here) on my shelves for a couple of years now. I’ve been eyeballing it, so maybe this year. Oreo sounds amazing. I’ve been seeing it pop up, but I hadn’t read a summary until now. Good stuff!

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  2. The Makioka Sisters sounds interesting – i’ve not heard of that author before. I have not been into my library for a few weeks because I will only end up getting an armful of new stuff when I am supposed to be reading my TBR

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