Friday, December 2, 2011

Buku Time

"The most delicious, depraved, inventive, macabre and hilarious literary debut I can think of... More , I want more!" Stephen Fry

"Redolent of soft leather chairs in fine gentlemen's establishments, and the cracking of whips in the basements beneath them. Perniciously addictive." Guardian

"It is easy to imagine Oscar Wilde, on a chaise longue smoking an absurdly expensive cigarette, reading The Vesuvius Club and laughing out loud at its playful decadence and wit. There can surely be no higher praise." Times Literary Supplement 

Now, with blurbs like these, who wouldn't be tempted to rush a purchase and speed home to savour it?  I did, but it look me two long years before I could actually finish it.

I plunged into the book almost immediately upon buying it in December 2009. For some reasons, I just couldn't get past the first chapter. Something felt missing between the pages.

After a few tries, I gave up and abandoned the book altogether, consigning it to the upper shelf, where it languished until I spied upon it once again a fortnight ago. 

Determined to give it another try, I took it down, dusted it and began again. Strangely enough, there was renewed zest as I settled into the storyline. 

It was such a refreshing departure from my usual true-life crime & mystery, murder & mayhem staple. I'm glad I did what I did. A great read The Vesuvius Club turned out to be. ..  

Went to Borders at The Curve last week to check out new offerings from Stephen King and Jonathan Kellerman, and found these two.

I'm long done with "Mystery". Loved the many twists and turns. Pak Abu, who reads only at bedtime, is still plodding along with "Full Dark, No Stars"..

A month ago, found this one nestled amongst my Haruki Murakamis. Don't know whose book it is and how it got there; I know for sure it's not mine. if I were to hazard a guess, it could be son Naj's (have yet to ask him), for that's his kind of read.

Not one to pass up a chance of reading a feebie, I settled into the book, which recounted the motorbike travels of two good friends, actor Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi of Star Wars fame) and fellow actor Charley Boorman. 

It's a fascinating and entertaining travel book about two bikers chasing their shadows through Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America.  

Two middle-class Brits roughing it out on the Steppes and in Siberia, being offered boiled sheep head in a Mongolian yurt (as honoured guests they had to dig out the eyes and eat them, a delicacy as it were)... Commendable read..

Books waiting to be read... hope it's not going to be a two-year wait like The Vesuvius Club.... :-) 


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Puteri,
You went to Borders and didn't invite me along? har har har...but we were at Popular @ IPC last weekend and brought home three hefty tomes. Just started the first one, Mama's too busy child-minding now...Oh, we saw the TV version of the Ethan thingy on Aussie TV. I like it but reading it would be a different experience altogether. purrr....meow!

Kama At-Tarawis said...

cat - there have been a couple of really great book sales lately but i hve not been able to make it.. been unwell of late. let's hv coffee soon.. i kinda miss my friends..

naniasda said...

Love your Buku Time me going inside a book store is like a chocolate lover in a chocolate shop. It's always Mary Higgins Clark for me..simple yet full of suspense :)

Kak Teh said...

Puteri, I will try to find this book but I am now enjoying Laurie Lee's "As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning" Such beautiful writing I want to cling to every word that is written.

ninotaziz said...

I have an autographed copy of 1421 by Gavin Menzies. My kind of read. Read it front to back to middle to front.

The V Club looks interesting. Will check it out.

Thanks, Kak Puteri.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

nani - i hv seen MHC's books on the shelves but hv yet to read one. perhaps it's time to begin..

kteh - indeed. some books are so beautifully written you just lose yrself the moment you turn the pages..

ninot - lucky you! i bought the book at the height of '1421 mania' and started reading soon after but the hefty tome weighed me down... last week i saw a docu on astro's history channel abt this topic... guess the time has come to resume reading.. :-D

Oldstock said...

Kak Kama,

It's been a while since I last read Stephen King. Please let me know what Pak Abu thinks of Full Dark, No Stars when he finishes reading it. To me, King writes better drama than horror.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

oldstock - pak abu says he'll be only too happy to give you a review when he's done with the book..