Library Loot (April 21 to 27)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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. Happy Library Day! Claire has the link-up this week. Here’s what I got from the library this week…
I haven’t been keeping up with the Back to the Classics challenge! Here’s one published in 1943 and luckily it fits the adventure theme. Peaks and Bandits – Alf Bonnevie Bryn, translated by Bibbi Lee In 1909, while dreaming of the Himalaya, Norwegian mountaineer Alf Bonnevie Bryn and a fellow young climber, the Australian George Ingle Finch, set their sights on Corsica to build their experience. The events of this memorable trip form the basis of Bryn’s acclaimed book Tinder og banditter – ‘Peaks and Bandits’, with their boisterous exploits delighting Norwegian readers for generations. Newly translated by Bibbi Lee, this classic of Norwegian literature is available for the first time in English. Although Bryn would go on to become a respected mountaineer and author, and Finch would become regarded as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time – a legend of the 1922 Everest expedition – Peaks and Bandits captures them on the cusp of these achievements: simply two students taking advantage of their Easter holidays, their escapades driven by their passion for climbing. As they find themselves in unexpected and often strange places, Bryn’s sharp and jubilant narrative epitomises travel writing at its best. Balancing its wit with fascinating insight into life in early twentieth-century Corsica, the infectious enthusiasm of Bryn’s narrative has cemented it as one of Norway’s most treasured adventure books. Peaks and Bandits embodies the timeless joy of adventure.
Another book for the Classics challenge Quicksand – Junichiro Tanizaki From one of the greatest writers of twentieth-century Japan comes a silkily nuanced novel of erotic gamesmanship and obsession. The voice–cultured, ingenuous, and with a touch of coquetterie–is that of Sonoko Kakiuchi, an Osaka lady of good family married to a dully respectable lawyer. What did you get from your library this week?


  1. These both sound interesting to me, for different reading moods: challenges can be so inspiring in that way.

    I’ve not been to the library for a couple of weeks (they are open for curbside pickup only) but I’m due to fetch some holds tomorrow. Overall I’ve been very lucky to get some new releases there lately–more than I can comfortably read before they are due–including Te-Ping Chen’s new collection of stories, Land of Big Numbers, which I’m enjoying a great deal.

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