What is the spin ?
This is a challenge by The Classics Club. It states : "At your blog, before next Sunday 18th April, 2021, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period.
On Sunday 18th, April, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by the 31st May, 2021. We’ll check in here on Monday the 31st May, 2021 to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book !"
I'm sorry it took me some time to update, but I wasn't really feeling like it recently. Grey weather, rain, cold-ish temperatures, I just wanted to stay on the couch and do nothing all day, think about nothing. Bad idea, but hard to resist at the moment. I'm trying to put myself back out there !
- Yukio MISHIMA : Dojoji (read in French, review in French and English)
- Kazuaki TAKANO : Genocide of one - quick review in English
- Hiro ARIKAWA : The travelling cat chronicles (read in French, review in English)
- Kosuke MUKAI : Les chats ne rient pas (Cats don't laugh, doesn't exist in English yet, review in English and French)
- Haruki MURAKAMI : 1Q84 #1 (read in French - review in French and English)
- Genzaburô YOSHINO : How do you live ? (read in French - review in French and English)
- Genki KAWAMURA : If cats disappeared from the world ? (read in French - review in French and English)
BEAUMARCHAIS, Pierre-Augustin Caron de : Le barbier de Séville/Le mariage de Figaro - The barber of Seville/The marriage of Figaro
Was the barber of Seville really a threat to aristocratic heads, or a bourgeois individualist like his creator ? The three plays in which he plots and schemes chronicle the slide of the ancien regime into revolution but they also chart the growth of Beaumarchais' humanitarianism. They are exuberant theatrical entertainments, masterpieces of skill, invention, and social satire which helped shape the direction of French theater for a hundred years. This lively new translation catches all the zest and energy of the most famous valet in French literature."
“No, my lord Count, you shan't have her... you shall not have her ! Just because you are a great nobleman, you think you are a great genius — Nobility, fortune, rank, position ! How proud they make a man feel ! What have you done to deserve such advantages ? Put yourself to the trouble of being born — nothing more.
“I quickly laugh at everything for fear of having to cry.”
A short story published in Wired.com magazine on December 17, 2018.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to : confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.
I wonder why there is a cat on the cover. Cat lovers, be aware : there is no cat inside this novel ! And after this very important information that you couldn't have lived without, let's move on to the review...