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CollectionsYour library (515), Currently reading (1), To read (1), All collections (515)

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TagsRead (290), Read 2009 (94), Nobel (79), Read 2008 (73), Read 2007 (26), Read 2010 (1) — see all tags

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About meI'm a bayou-born Cajun from Cut Off, Louisiana (real name place and has nothing do to with cutting things off but more about things cut off). I've been in Singapore and Malaysia since 1989… a two year move just kind of dragged on. Though I love nasi-lemak, it's still not as good as jambalaya... luckily, thanks to my Dad, I know how to cook Cajun food. Here's my Gumbo Recipe.

I went through a period not long ago where all my reading was done using my hand phone. It was convenient. A mobile phone could be pulled out and looked at almost anywhere without question. And I could keep hundreds of books on my memory card… it was more a portable library than phone but I hated getting calls when I was in my library. So I’ve gone back to paper print. Yeah, the environment is important and we should save the trees, but the smell of a new book and feel of it’s lightly textured paper is a joy worth a tree or two… just be sure to replant a tree for every few books you read.

Problem with my reading is I don’t remember things too well. I’ve got multiple copies of books. It’s a costly problem. I think it may be an age thing, though I’m not fully convinced of that. My memory goes back a couple of weeks fairly well, before that…

I'm a landscape architect working at WDI Design Sdn Bhd. I’m paid to tell people where to plant trees so that I can read more books. I design swimming pools and fountains too because water is cool.

My sign is Cynic not Virgo. The charts are wrong… I should know.

About my libraryMy library is my current library. Not my library when I was younger... or older. I've gone through many libraries and my books of yesterday seemed to have vanished from my shelves. I'm not sure where they ended up, whether they just turned to dust or sneaked off to be with other books on other shelves. I need a book dog to keep my flock of books in order. I'm beginning to think books are wild beasts and cannot be tamed.

Also I've read almost all of the books listed in my library but since my memory is limited and getting less reliable I'm only marking 'read' the books I've recently gone through.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, Author Theme Reads, Books that made me think, Club Read 2010, Group Reads - Literature, Reading Globally

Favorite authorsSamuel Beckett, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jonathan Evison, James Joyce, Ismail Kadare, Yasunari Kawabata, Orhan Pamuk, Walker Percy, Charles Portis, John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceFeb 27, 2008

Currently readingBlood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

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I'm currently reading Absalom, Absalom! and while scrolling through the reviews I found yours, which was hilarious. I don't see that you're in any of the "2011" groups--have you given up on them? I'm about to. Anyway, thanks for the laugh. And you're spot-on, by the way, about Faulkner's story-telling. If you don't mind, I'm going to quote that part of your review on my thread, since it shows better than I could how Faulkner writes and what he's doing in this book.

Hi Brian, Thanks for introducing me to Stig Dagerman! I have had you on my interesting libraries for a while now - Your reviews are excellent. I read "To Kill A Child" based on your link - wow... what an amazing short story. Heart rending and real, I loved the deliberate foreshadowing - you knew what was coming from the first line but are pulled along like a whirlpool. Thanks for the introduction.
Thank you for your review of The Confusions of Young Torless. I read it after I finished the book. Needed a laugh.
A belated thanks for your kind words about my review of The Book of Negroes! I hope you enjoy it as well!
Hi Brian--I had to stop by after I read your intro on Club Read. I followed your reading last year and enjoyed adding many books to my TBR. Now I see that in addition to sharing some of the same reading tastes, we have other similarities in our backgrounds.

Not a coon ass, but my mom has deep roots in La.--West Feliciana Parish--so I visited often when I was growing up. Then I went to Tulane, archrival of LSU, where my husband graduated from architecture school. We ended up staying in New Orleans for 18 years, before we moved to Washington state where we currently live.

And, I spent about 9 months in the early 70's in Singapore, when I had a chance to visit KL (and Penang, Malacca, Ipoh etc.). I know it's very different there now.

Happy Reading!

I love Blood Meridian, and I love too your review of Blood Meridian. Well done!
Wow! Thanks. I need to sell all the copies I can. Let me know if you're ever in Baton Rouge. We could meet for coffee.
Thanks. I appreciate it.

Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page.
Your "Little Halloween Story" "100 Watt God" is brilliant!~!
I kept waiting for the name of the book to come up as I was getting more and more into the story. You should be published, you brilliant young man you. Absolutely loved it!
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
You cannot imagine how very good it made me feel to read your post regarding John Steinbeck. To me, he is just the best. He never writes the same book twice. There is absolutely no formula to his writing. Each and every one is new and fresh no matter how many times I read it. And you are exactly right. It is his writing even more than his stories, even though each and every one of them is wonderful. His writing, the way he puts his words together, his very thought process is so special when comparing him to the other greats.
Thank you for that note. You made my day.
big hug,
Thanks to your review of Inoue's Hunting Gun, I'm going to find my copy and read it. I checked out your gumbo recipe and plan to use it. I tried to make something vaguely like gumbo when we lived in Houston, but that's as close as I got to the real thing, so I'm glad to read your recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Happy reading!

Congratulations for your hot review listed on LT home page today!
Ohhhhhhhhh, I so would love to go to Russia one day. All that history. I do hope you travel safely and enjoy the trip.
We will still be here reading when you return.
I am really enjoying your 2009 reading thread! I haven't read Anna K. since high school and have often thought of re-reading it, but there are so many good books I've never read that I just haven't gotten back to it yet. Someday, I hope!

I've added Shirley Jackson to my favorite authors - I think she's sadly neglected.

Nice review of Pamuk's New Life. An excellent book by a first rate author.

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Butcher Boy, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


didn't miss it - I'm keeping an eye on your thread! It's definitely one of my favorites this year! :D
hey man

sorry for the late comment, i havent been on here for some time.

as for kyoto, i found the place astonishingly... disappointing. i was staying in osaka for awhile and took a day trip there, and first thing you do is exit the ultramodern train station. i just strolled around town... A LOT. but thinking: this is old kyoto?? there were some good old temples, sure, but the town was a typically japanese mostly concrete n'ugly affair. it was only later that year when i read alex kerr's depressing "dogs and demons" that my vague dissatisfaction with japan found more expression.
Thanks, Banoo, for the reassurance! I look forward to reading it, now.

I have enjoyed your reading list this year.

OK Brian, I've re-upped the Library Thing. Will start adding away...
15 years is a long time . . . but I love Perth. Big enough, but not too big. I recently read a book which I thought was awful, but while flicking through my reading journal from two years ago, discovered that I had read it and thought it was great! So either my tastes have changed, or I have become a more discerning reader because of all the great titles I am recommended here on LT.
A few years ago I also started to write a little about what I was reading because I kept finding myself rereading things without necessarily wanting to! I've also spent a bit of time in KL. About 10 years ago we were very close to moving there permanently, but things didn't quite work out and so we stayed here in Melbourne. I'm sure it is an interesting place to live.
hi Banoo. it was very nice to hear from you and then to find that you are also in KL. hope one day soon to bump into you for a real world book chat.

thanks for the offer of the lend of pramoedya's books - i have read the first two books of the buru quartet and i hav some others by him.

am a bad borrower but a good lender of books so if i have any you would like to read, do say. i am collecting out of print books about malaysia partic fiction titles and trying to read as many local books as i can.
enjoy reading your reviews...u couldn't have described Faulkner's writing better. and that one about ur grandma is a funny comparison.
thanks, too, for the invitation. Blindness would make a very good first Saramago. if u find him to ur liking, Baltazar and Blimunda is another interesting translated work of his. not everybody likes his writing style; i myself adore it. would be interested to know what u think.
Yeah, I'm a fellow FFer. I'm the Laura with the Orson icon who pops in occasionally. :)
Yes I did and really enjoyed it. How about you? Read it yet?
Yummy sounding Gumbo. Forgive a Yankee, but I always thought gumbo had okra in it. Not that I can imagine okra improving the taste, but I was just curious. I love cajun cooking, but it's so much better when someone else cooks it, especially when they cook it and I eat it in Louisiana!
We certainly do have some books in common, especially the Steinbecks. My book doesn't have much literary merit. I tried to be too literary with it (I had been reading a lot of Faulkner) and it didn't turn out right. I've been rereading Steinbeck and trying to simplify my writing for the next one. It's a fun struggle. I'm hoping things work out.
Hi – have you weighed in yet on the next book for Group Reads – Literature? The discussion thread is here. And Irish set up a poll for us here (it can be amended if there’s lots of interest in a book that isn’t on there yet). Hope to see you there!

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