Haruki Murakami fans we’re sure will correct us if we’re wrong but it is our recollection that Natsume Soseki (夏目 漱石), whose real name was Natsume Kinnosuke 夏目 金之助), is Murakami’s favorite Japanese writer of all time.
Botchan is one of Soseki’s most popular works, and the title of the book also happens to be the name of the central character in this coming-of-age story -- a trouble-making, quick tempered young man living in turn of the century Tokyo.
Botcha, it turns out, is also a word in Japanese and, in his introduction to the book, the translator, Alan Turney discussed the difficulties he had in translating the word ‘botchan’ from the Japanese to English: >>> The word botchan is untranslatable because of the many nuances it contains. It is basically a form of polite address used to the sons, generally while they are children, of well-to-do families. It is akin to the rather archaic English phrase “the young master.” Yet, being a diminutive, it carries a nuance of affection not contained in the English. On occasion, the word may also imply that the person so referred it, because of his background, rather spoiled and self-willed. The main reason that Soseki dubbed the protagonist of this novel Botchan, however, is that he was trying to convey the deep feelings of affection and loyalty which [Botchan’s] old servant, Kiyo, had for him. <<< This is a stated first edition of the Botchan published by Kodansha in 1972 with illustrations by Hosokibara Seiki. It includes the publisher-issued ‘publicity band’ (no pictured here) that one commonly sees with Japanese books. The pages of the book are folded at the fore edge (the edge of the text block that is visible to the reader) in what we believe is the Chinese style, although I’m sure our bookbinding friends will correct us if we’re wrong, which we hope they will!
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A timely acquisition by yours truly as Netflix recently announced that they had bought the rights to One Hundred Years of Solitude which has, understandably, caused some angst amongst the many fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece. Sort of like when they announced that Lord of the Rings would be made into a movie.
This is an early Book Club edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude with cover art by Guy Fleming, rare and now more coveted than ever with the soon-to-be-released film adaptation.
The Paris Review once interviewed GGM as part of its famous series of interviews with writers that have included the likes of Graham Greene, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, and many others. In this interview the following illuminating exchange took place:
Do you think that it’s common for young writers to deny the worth of their own childhoods and experiences and to intellectualize as you did initially?
No, the process usually takes place the other way around, but if I had to give a young writer some advice I would say to write about something that has happened to him; it’s always easy to tell whether a writer is writing about something that has happened to him or something he has read or been told. Pablo Neruda has a line in a poem that says “God help me from inventing when I sing.” It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.
We have lots of used trade paperbacks for Janet Carlson Calvert Library's Annual Book Sale in 2019. We have fiction and nonfiction paperbacks for any book lover.
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"If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads." - Sherman Alexie
I believe this. And since I haven't the time or brilliance for a PhD. I'm stuffing all the reading I can in now.
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just books this weekend. but the beautiful and ornate kinds. i can’t help but staring at them all day. you can too after tomorrow. don’t miss. xoxo
here to a splendid week. if things go well i might be home for a huge shop update with a large number of vintage books this weekend. i am super excited. are you?! #bonlundi xoxo
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Used bookstore haul! The Higgans and Christina Lauren are both author-annotated. Have you read any of these?
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Happy Saturday! 🌷 My spring break is almost over, but I refuse to believe that. I go back to school on Monday 😭 I had such a lovely time at home visiting with my family and friends! Last week, my friends and I went up to San Francisco and it was such a gorgeous day—we were so lucky! I persuaded them to stop at a few book stores along the way ☺️-
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