Thursday, 26 February 2009

the book of proper names

Yesterday I saw a little collection of Amelie Nothomb books in the library and got out The Book of Proper Names. It was such a sweet little thing that I read it in one sitting. I love that it ends kind of suddenly; it reminds me of every single story I wrote as a child..."and then I went to school and I wrote this story". In the case of The Book of Proper Names it ends with the main character meeting "Amelie Nothomb" (the author) and becoming great friends and then killing her and spending the rest of her life wondering what to do with the the space of two pages.

I'm also reading My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead which is a collection of love stories curated by Jeffery Eugenides (who wrote the wonderful Middlesex). It's great. I've loved nearly every story, and I really really like that they're stories about people and the ups and downs of love, not about romance.

On the subject of books I just stumbled across
I'm a sucker fro judging a book by it's cover. Lovely lovely covers. I like looking through charity shops and finding those old Penguin books with big thick orange blocks at either side, or top and bottom. Lovelllly.

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