Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favourites?
My reading so far this year indicates my translated literature fixation continues. Not surprisingly, then, it accounts for one of my favorites this year — German author Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone. I also read his earlier work, The Drinker, which I didn’t find as strong but still demonstrates that the skill shown in Every Man Dies Alone is not a fluke.
My other favorite so far is actually a book that first came out a decade ago. Were it not for that fact, Stewart O’Nan’s A Prayer for the Dying would be a candidate for my novel of the year. I’m just glad I picked up the 10th anniversary release.
A book that is shut is but a block.
Robert Lanham, “Gnomologia“