Book haul: Trollope, Eliot, Dundy, Rhodes, Quimper

Just been into town for the last time before a trip to Catalonia, and couldn’t resist the allure of the books in charity shops. Here’s what I came back with:

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I’m taking Trollope’s Last Chronicle of Barset with me; have got to p. 500 or so, but 400 pp. remain, so I need another one to follow up with – I have a whole week, with plane trips to fill with reading. So that Glendinning biography will come in handy, maybe when I get back. Too heavy for plane travel.

I posted with muted enthusiasm on Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado recently, and Jacqui (Wine) wrote about it just a week ago, so am interested to see what The Old Man and Me is like. One of the better new VMC covers, I think.

I used to have a copy of that Eliot prose collection – it might still be lurking in a box in the cellar or garage – but I noticed there’s an essay on Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’, so had to make sure, as I’ll be teaching it this year again.

The book on the Spanish Civil War will be appropriate for where I’m going; sounds like an interesting take on the subject. The blurb says it focuses on the impact of the war on writers and artists, and on technology – military and medical. This summer I’ve reread Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, and read a fine French-Spanish novel on the subject: Cry, Mother Spain, by Lydie Salvayre, so it’ll be good to see what Rhodes has to say.

When I got home that Quimper ARC from those fine people at QC Fiction (Québec City) was in the mail. I have a bit of a backlog of their titles to post on here; another task for when I’m back. I’ve found all of their backlist stimulating so far.

Now to finish packing – and a few more pages of Trollope.

13 thoughts on “Book haul: Trollope, Eliot, Dundy, Rhodes, Quimper

  1. I hope you enjoy your trip, Simon. Many thanks for the link to my Dundy piece – that’s very kind of you. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of The Old Man and Me, as and when.

    Apologies if I’ve asked you this before, but have you read Carmen Laforet’s novel, Nada? It captures the bruising fallout from the Spanish Civil War to excellent effect. A good one to consider if you’re ever looking for more books connected to the local area – that is if you haven’t read it already.

    • Thanks, Jacqui – and you’re most welcome. I know of the Laforet novel, but no, haven’t read it. I suppose the list of Spanish Civil War fiction is huge (I’m not too keen on Hemingway’s efforts about it, but they have their merits); I read MANY years ago the first in the Forge trilogy by Arturo Barea – set mostly in Madrid, I think I recall, rather than the usual Barcelona or Catalonia. And of course there’s poetry and art, too. I’m sure I’ll get to the Laforet at some point. I lived in the Basque country of Spain for almost a year some time ago, and studied Spanish to A Level, so have always taken an interest in its history and culture. Don Quixote is a high point in western art.

  2. Packing or Trollope, hm … Have a lovely time away! I’m already mentally packing for our trip in October (just the books, you understand) but need to read a fat tome on the history and archaeology of the Isles of Scilly BEFORE we go!

  3. I have In Every Wave as well, and while I have only read the first five pages or so, it seems exquisitely heartbreaking. I can feel the father’s pain, and put myself in his place, all too easily.

    • Sorry for the delay with your comments: I’m in Spain visiting family and don’t check mail so often – and am experiencing problems with WiFi. Thanks for dropping by and taking the trouble to make the comment – it’s always good to hear from you.

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