Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Inside my latest book order

It's summer. Well ... it's not, because 4°C at night and two weeks of straight rain is not summer, but it is end of June and soon July. And July is VACATION time. And vacation time means ... extra reading time.

Is there a better way to spend a day than having breakfast on a sea view terasse, going for a swim, have fresh grilled fish and home made red wine - and relax with a good book in your hands in the shadow of a tree, the shimmering adriatic sea only an arm length away? The simple answer is NO.

Actually I am busy ordering books to prepare myself for my two adriatic weeks at the end of July and today I present you the content of my latest order. I am not sure if I can stop myself from reading the stuff before I even leave, but no worries ... more books are already on the way ;). I will introduce them to you in a another blog post sometimes soon.

So what do we have today? Although I have at the moment what an artist would call "My American Phase" my latest order was very British:

Nick Hornby: Juliet, Naked

Official product description:

Annie loves Duncan-or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.
Tucker's been languishing (and he's unnervingly aware of it), living in Pennsylvania (blog writer note: *waving over the Atlantic to the Pittsburgh folks!*) with what he sees as his one hope for redemption amid a life of emotional and artistic ruin-his young son, Jackson. But then there's also the new material he's about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet-entitled, Juliet, Naked.
What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a restless, childless woman looks for a change?
Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one's promise.

Why I chose this book?

I enjoy reading Nick Hornby's books forever - means since Fever Pitch and the awesome High Fidelity, which taught me that there are more people than just me who organize their music collections biographically (although I have to admit that I changed to the boring artist alphabet a couple of years ago).
I like his style, his stories and his characters a lot. And I cannot wait to read this one, because one of the most important things in my life plays a leading role again - the music!

And speaking about music: Could I ever turn down a book about a musician called CROWE? I guess, not ;)
Oh and before I forget it:
Hornby writes also for "The Believer" - one more reason to support him and buy his books.

And here comes No. 2:

Tom Stoppard - Rock'n'Roll
Official product description:

Rock ’n’ Roll is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague.
When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan’s volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy.
Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.

Why I chose this book?

First of all I love Stoppard, because he wrote one of my favorite books/plays ever: ARCADIAAnd looking at the ingrediences of Rock'n'Roll it definitely looks like something I will love, too: music, historical links, interesting, suprising, emotionally shaking relationships, for sure the very special Stoppard humor and his brilliant language. Additionally I am really curious about this one because Stoppard digs down to his own Czech roots.

So far with the little look in my latest book delivery. I'll let you know how I liked the stuff once I am done reading.

Take care & buy books ;)

PS: Looks like I should upload some Dylan songs to my MP3 player for vacation, too - the man is mentioned in both books descriptions.

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