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Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
I'm definitely interested in the Chinese and Japanese classics you want to (re) read, so let's go ahead. Your advice on translations and editions would be very helpful, as I know nothing about them. "The Last Chronicle of Barset" (my copy, that is) has just arrived, as I was planning to read it during November. Let's leave aside "I am a Cat" (I'll share my comments on it with you, if I find it interesting).
So we have a list:
1. Martin Chuzzlewit
2. The Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone)
3. The Tale of Genji
4. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead
5. Death in Veracruz
6. Palace Walk
7. They Were Counted (Transylvanian Trilogy)
Do you suggest any particular order?
PS: an interesting thing about this list is its multi-national character: British, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Mexican, Egyptian, and Hungarian.
These do indeed look interesting to me, Guillermo. One of those books (or series of books) that have been in the back of my mind to read for some time is the Cairo Trilogy, so I would be more than happy to read the first volume. Perhaps I'll read more if I like it. The same goes for the Transylvanian trilogy, although I'd never heard of it until you created the link. Amazon does not provide much info about the Tokarczuk, but I'll certainly give it a try, and the same goes for the Camin. The only one that I hesitate on is I am a Cat. I have to say that a plotless, 600-page satire on early 20th century Japan does not sound very interesting to me.
Since Joffre has decided to leave us, there is no longer any reason for any of our reading to be "outside" our "regular" plan. Therefore, I propose The Last Chronicle of Barset and Martin Chuzzlewit, both of which we have previously discussed, as two of my books. I also plan to re-read The Dream of the Red Chamber, also known as The Story of the Stone, during 2019, and I may also try to re-read The Tale of Genji. Both would be in different translations from what I read 30 or 40 years ago. Do you have any interest in either of these? I hope to someday read all four of the Great Chinese Fiction Classics (plus The Plum in the Golden Vase), just as I plan to have read (at least once) all of Dickens' novels. Does any of this sound like something you'd want to read?