Friday, February 5

Library Loot - February 3 - 10

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg 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!

 This was a good library week for me. And bad. Well the bad isn't "bad", it's more me being anal about my book and which edition they're in. I'll explain in a moment

This Week:
This week I was focused on books set in places around the world I haven't visited in my readings. So I brought books home from Argentia, Columbia, and Greenland (I think one is also briefly in Iceland). Actually two books are from Greenland.

The Book of Sand - Jorge Luis Borges (this is the one that is set in Argentina I believe, and it's a collection of short stories).

The General in his Labyrinth - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Linderbergh (This one is the other book set in Greenland, and it looks like a good book to use for the Women Unbound Challenge. I'm excited about reading it.)
The Greenlanders - Jane Smiley (hmm can you guess where this book takes place?)
Catching Fire -Suzane Collins (technically it should be in the returned pile, because I read this book last night, staying up until 2:30 to finish it. Now I'm exhausted and tired and anxiously awaiting book three.)

From previous visits to the library:

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
Nefertiti - Michelle Moran
Beach Trip - Cathy Holton
The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym

I've had all these for a while, and had to renew a few, but they're on my reading lists, just other books have grabbed my interest instead. Although I have started with Beach Trip, and hoping it picks up soon. (I'm only on the second or third chapter, so I can't be to judgmental)

Returning to the Library 
(Well technically they haven't been returned, yet, they will by the days end. Currently in a pile by my feet)

The Unit - Ninni Holmqvist
The Sea - John Banville
Cat Among Pigeons - Agatha Christie
Armadale - Wilkie Collins
**Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

**Which brings me to my being anal. Now at the time I didn't know much about the Canterbury Tales, just that it was written in a poetic prose and originally in middle English. I assumed, the book would be in a poetic format, but in English. So I started reading it, and it's written like a story. And I'm thinking, huh? Maybe I was mistaking. I read almost all of the knights tale and again am thinking, Huh? So I do research and find out that yes, my inital thoughts were right, and this is a really, really annoying translation that has ruined the whole idea behind the Canterbury Tales. So I hunted the library's catalogue and couldn't find much of anything. I found an ebook version that keeps the text in the poetic format, but it's written in modern English.

So I hunted online and found an online edition that for the most part keeps the middle English but has more modern spellings (Similar to Shakespear). But that only has some of the tales (16 I think). I also found one that has it in middle English and in modern translation side by side. The page is in frames and has links to middle English works, that shows a translation/explanation of what that word means. So now I'm stuck as to which I should read. The first one is easier, I read the entire Prologue, and understood it, even though its in "middle English" with more moderenish spellings. The other one is more of a challenge, and I can understand it, but have to refer to definitions of more words and occasionally the translated version. This one also has all the tales. And finnaly, why doesn't my library have an edition like this? (Either middle English with more modern spelling, or middle English with translated side by side?) They have a few copies that contain selected tales, in the poetic format, but in English? I'd take the modern version (the bookstore has one, that includes all the tales, in modern spelling, but still keeps the poetic prose and initial intentions of the author intact). Sigh. Stupid library.  So after a lot of rambling, This edition of Canterbury tales is going back to the library, and I'm trying to decide which online version I should attempt.

I'm leaning to the original middle English and if I find it's giving me to much of a headache go to the easier one.  And just take my time with it it, until I can hunt down a quality physical copy of it that's to my liking. Or maybe when I return the library books I can harass the librarian, maybe I missed something when I was looking.


  1. I have Greenlanders on my shelf and have heard that it is very good. I also tried to read The Thrall's Tale about a year ago, and just couldn't get through it at all. I had been so excited about reading it as well, but it just didn't do very much for me. I hope that your experience with it is much better!

  2. Some times it is a bit surprising when you can't find certain books isn't it!

    Enjoy your loot.

  3. Zibilee - I'm excited about reading both Greenlanders and the Thralls tale, because it's in a genre, time and setting that for the most part, is foreign to me.

    Marg - It is a bit surprising when you can't find certain books. For me it's a lot more frustrating because before I moved I had a huge library system at my disposal, therefore more options for books and editions for books. The one I'm with now is so small in comparison.