Paul C Back to Basics in 2019 Part 10
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I am Paul Cranswick, sometime group statistician, Malaysian correspondent - construction project manager and avid book accumulator.
Father of three - Yasmyne, Kyran and Belle - the first two already studying in university in the UK and hopeful of a return to the UK in the none too distant future.
Had a tough few years and this affected badly my reading last year which was the first that I have failed to reach 100 books. This year - hope springs eternal so let's see.
2019 Books First Half
1. Findings by Kathleen Jamie BIAC
2. Black Robe by Brian Moore
3. Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood
4. Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
5. The Rider by Tim Krabbe
6. Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
7. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (AAC)
8. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (BIAC)
9. A Thief in the Village by James Berry
10. The House of Arden by E. Nesbit (BIAC)
11. The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin (BIAC)
12. Still Midnight by Denise Mina (BIAC)
13. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
14. Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
15. The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond
16. A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (BIAC)
17. Just William by Richmal Crompton
18. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (BIAC)
19. The War with the Newts by Karel Capek
20. This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
21. Came a Hot Friday by Ronald Hugh Morrieson
22. Petersburg by Andrei Bely
23. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (AAC)
24. The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason (BIAC)
25. In the American Grain by William Carlos Williams
26. The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsnousi
27. Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas
28. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba
29. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
30. Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter
31. The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta
32. Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski
33. The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon
34. Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo
35. The Weatherhouse by Nan Shepherd
2019 Books Second Half
36. They Shoot Horses Don't They? by Horace McCoy
37. Reef by Romesh Gunasekera
38. Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang
39. Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus
40. Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
41. The Blind Owl by Sadeq Hedayat
42. Norte by Edmundo Paz Soldan
43. The Encyclopedia of the Dead by Danilo Kis
44. The Impostor by Damon Galgut
45. To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite.
46. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
47. Gold Mine by Wilbur Smith
48. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
49. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
50. The Lake by George Moore
51. The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt
52. Demian by Hermann Hesse
53. Their Finest Hour by Winston Churchill
54. Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
55. Below the Crying Mountain by Criselda D Yabes
56. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
57. North of Boston by Robert Frost
58. Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
59. Into the War by Italo Calvino
60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
61. Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope
62. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll
63. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
64. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
January 2019 - The Natural World https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6632759
February 2019 - Pat Barker and Peter F. Hamilton
March 2019 - The Murderous Scots https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6637458
April 2019 - Rosamond Lehmann and John Boyne
May 2019 - The Edwardians https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6656870
June 2019 - Nicola Barker and Wilkie Collins
July 2019 - YA Fantasy Series https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6660927
August 2019 - Anita Brookner and Jim Crace
September 2019 - Biography and Memoir https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6674204
October 2019 - Rose Tremain and Louis de Bernieres
November 2019 -The Jewish Contribution https://www.librarything.com/topic/301575#6688724
December 2019 - Zadie Smith and Michael Morpurgo
WILDCARD - Back to the Beginning - LIVELY and ISHIGURO
Here is a link to the thread:
CHALLENGE - A BOOK A YEAR SINCE 1900
120 books in this challenge so I am going to have to do much better than last year!
To date : 64/120
1900 - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
1901 - My Brilliant Career
1902 - The Four Feathers
1905 - The Lake
1908 - The House of Arden
1914 - North of Boston
1916 - Petersburg
1917 - Growth of the Soil
1918 - Eminent Victorians
1919 - Demian
1922 - Just William
1923 - Zeno's Conscience
1924 - Naomi
1925 - In the American Grain
1929 - The Seven Madmen
1930 - The Weatherhouse
1931 - The Late Monsieur Gallet
1933 - Love on the Dole
1935 - They Shoot Horses Don't They?
1936 - The War with the Newts
1937 - The Blind Owl
1939 - Good Morning,
1941 - Evil Under the Sun
1943 - The Little Prince
1944 - Story of a Secret State
1947 - Exercises in Style
1948 - Half a Lifelong Romance
1949 - Their Finest Hour
1950 - Pippi Longstocking
1952 - Moccasin Trail
1954 - Into the War
1955 - Pedro Parama
1956 - The Room on the Roof
1957 - Exile and the Kingdom
1959 - To Sir, With Love
1961 - Friedrich
1964 - Came a Hot Friday
1966 - Midaq Alley
1970 - Gold Mine
1972 - My Name is Asher Lev
1974 - The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
1975 - This Earth of Mankind
1976 - The Bride Price
1978 - The Rider
1983 - The Encyclopedia of the Dead
1985 - Black Robe
1987 - Thief in the Village
1988 - Nervous Conditions
1992 - Serious Concerns
1994 - Reef
1995 - Football in Sun and Shadow
1998 - The Hanging Garden
1999 - A Place of Execution
2001 - Soldiers of Salamis
2005 - Findings
2006 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
2008 - The Imposter
2009 - Still Midnight
2010 - Below the Crying Mountain
2011 - Norte
2012 - The Bamboo Stalk
2014 - Kintu
2017 - Sing, Unburied, Sing
2018 - The Silence of the Girls
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS
Third attempt at this tough challenge which I have failed miserably at twice.
Create Your Own Visited Countries Map
1. United Kingdom Kathleen Jamie
2. Canada Brian Moore
3. Uruguay Eduardo Galeano
4. Netherlands Tim Krabbe
5. France Raymond Queneau
6. USA Chaim Potok
7. Jamaica James Berry
8. Sweden Astrid Lindgren
9. Japan Junichiro Tanizaki
10. India Ruskin Bond
11. Ireland John Boyne
12. Czechia Karel Capek
13. Indonesia Pramoedya Ananta Toer
14. New Zealand Ronald Hugh Morrieson
15. Russia Andrei Bely
16. Kuwait Saud Alsanousi
17. Spain Javier Cercas
18. Zimbabwe Tsitsi Dangarembga
19. Germany Hans Peter Richter
20. Nigeria Buchi Emecheta
21. Poland Jan Karski
22. Belgium Georges Simenon
23. Italy Italo Svevo
24. Sri Lanka Romesh Gunasekera
25. China Eileen Chang
26. Algeria Albert Camus
27. Egypt Naguib Mahfouz
28. Iran Sadiq Hidayat
29. Bolivia Edmundo Paz Soldan
30. Serbia Danilo Kis
31. South Africa Damon Galgut
32. Guyana E.R. Braithwaite
33. Dominica Jean Rhys
34. Zambia Wilbur Smith
35. Uganda Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
36. Argentina Roberto Arlt
37. Switzerland Hermann Hesse
38. Mexico Juan Rulfo
39. Philippines Criselda Yabes
40. Australia Miles Franklin
41. Cuba Italo Calvino
42. Norway Knut Hamsun
First in! Happy New Thread, Paul, and hope you get those bookcases SOONEST!
>10 ronincats: Wow that is quick Roni! I hope to be back next year to my prize giving (book) for being first up to my thread but since I am still facing pecuniary challenges I will limit myself to a big smile and a thank you. xx
>1 PaulCranswick: Especially if it is the room between my ears. Books bring joy. That is all.
Happy new thread!
Paul, if you're going to have pictures of books you *must* compose the shot so that all titles are readable. :)
Happy new thread!
>15 amanda4242: ALL TITLES?! Wow that would be some camera, Amanda. xx
>16 PaulCranswick: Well, you can't just tease us with piles of anonymous books! I can only identify one book in the entire picture!
There was a furniture designer who exhibited at one of the interior design shows in Toronto. He made a wooden rocking chair where the rocking part ( back of chair, rockers at bottom) held bookcases. I haven't seen it recently but that is what you need to hold some of your books!
How lovely that you have some books, Paul!
Like Amanda, I'm frustrated that I can't make out any titles nor do I recognize any by the covers that I can see.
Happy sorting and stacking when you get around to shelves!
Happy new thread, Paul.
I hope you get your book cases soon.
But I think it's better to have books without book cases than book cases without books.
>19 torontoc: I have plenty of plans to house the books, Cyrel, and plenty of plans on how to maintain some provision for expansion. We have 3,400 ft2 of floor space and ample walls to make use of.
>20 LizzieD: I will have a look at some of the other photos and see what I can do to enlighten all on some of the book identities.
>21 SirThomas: What a very clever and good point Thomas. I would much sooner have the books than the cases!
Happy New Thread, Paul. That is quite a topper, that I think we could all identify with. Good luck with the bookshelves. I just finished and enjoyed Ghost Wall. If this is not on your radar, keep it in mind.
Happy new thread, Paul! It's nice to see your book numbers tick up in September and October. I know it's not just about the numbers, of course, but I hope that means that life has calmed down for you some and you're able to take time for enjoyment.
Happy new thread, Paul!
>1 PaulCranswick: I love the look, I agree it would improve with bookcases.
It reminds me of our move in 1997 to a smaller house. The movers put all the bookcases and the boxes with books in the small room that would be our library. It was so full, we had to get boxes with books out first, to make a small pathway to make room to be able to put the books on the shelves.
And that's only part of it eh Paul ;-)
Enjoy putting on the shelves when you get them. I have shelves, boxes and teetering towers!
>31 Caroline_McElwee: Certainly doesn't do the scale of it justice that is for sure, Caroline.
Happy new thread mate, once the shelves are up and books placed on them it will look more like a home, that is what I keep telling Karen, lol.
Hope Hani had a good flight home and that you are starting to settle down in your new home, sending love and hugs from both of us dear friend.
>1 PaulCranswick: Well, bookcases are swell, but in the meantime, I would have just put a comfy chair in there, and made do!
Happy new thread, Paul!
>1 PaulCranswick: You are definitely a bibliomaniac.
All my favorite rooms in the house have books.
Happy new thread, Paul! I'm also appreciating your piles of books, though I can see why Hani might have been taken aback! ;-)
Happy new thread, Paul. Looks like you have your work cut out for you in your book room. Had to laugh when you said that Hani thought there would be more.
Your shelfless books remind me of my place. However, my books are in boxes. It is the boxes that are stacked on the floor.
>45 PaulCranswick: "my books must breathe! " Indeed. I don't like keeping books in boxes either. They're pretty much useless that way.
You could always do the temporary bookshelf system consisting of cinder blocks and wood planks. Not as nice as floor to ceiling book shelves but cheap and kind of rustic looking.
Happy new thread!
Even though your books need proper shelving, I find the picture calming :)
Happy new thread, Paul. That's quite the topper..... It resembles one of my rooms somewhat (and that room *has* bookcases...)
Well - Malaysia was on the news tonight. Something about the U.S. catching one of your big time government embezzlers. This one to the tune of 600 million (not sure if it was dollars or what?).
>58 benitastrnad: Ah the infamous Jo Lho! Seems he has cut some sort of deal with the DOJ whereby they have effectively sequestered all his ill gotten gains. I have a feeling that this may cause some issues as I would have thought that most of the stolen money by of right belongs to Malaysia.
He will undoubtedly not set foot in the USA again.
Lovely topper. Congratulations on having space for the books to breathe. I hope you don't have to wait too long for the furniture to house them. Are books like plants in terms of improving the indoor air quality with their breathing? Inquiring minds and all that.
The movers delivered all of my stuff from storage today, so my living room is now many piles of books in boxes and 3 large empty bookcases. The bedroom has empty bookcases too. I have missed all my friends, even though I brought several boxes of books with me to my temporary housing. Can't wait until Saturday when I'll have time to decant my lovelies...
>60 justchris: Lovely to hear from you Chris. I too look forward to off-days in order to improve the living conditions for my books!
Paul - last night's Netflix of a recent British Baking Show featured the making of Malaysian Sarawak cake.
Many beautiful creations!
>62 m.belljackson: It is locally known as Kek Lapis and is notoriously difficult to make
>63 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. I plan the day tomorrow with my books.
>64 PaulCranswick: That cake looks a bit like what we know as "spekkoek", originating from the Dutch Indies. The Indonesian name is "lapis legit".
Happy new thread, Paul. The ideal house has books in every room.
>64 PaulCranswick: Wow, beautiful.
>64 PaulCranswick: Wow! I can't even imagine how that layer cake is made. Beautiful.
Lovely cake Paul.
I saw this poetry pamphlet in Halifax today and wondered if it had reached your collection yet.
Paul, I love the mystery of the book titles in all your stacks. It will be so much fun organizing them and putting them on shelves. I wish we lived in the same country. I would be a happy volunteer!
So glad that Hani made it back home after the passport dilemma. I can see why she might be overwhelmed by your books. hahaha
>66 FAMeulstee: The island of Borneo on which Sarawak lies is partly occupied by Indonesia (Kalimantan) and, of course, the Malay and the Indon are effectively of the same racial and cultural origin. I know that similar cakes are made across the area. Lapis incidentally means "layer" and there are so many different versions of the cake.
>67 EllaTim: Indeed, Ella. Always lovely to see you here.
>68 jnwelch: I haven't tried it and Hani doesn't make it but one of her friends actually prepares and sells her own version of the cake.
>69 charl08: No, Charlotte, I don't have that one. I don't own any poetry pamphlets actually and I am struggling to think why. Maybe because they are so difficult to come by here but also because I do like full blown collections which normally indicates that the poet has reached a certain level of maturity. The pamphlets are an early sign of promise though. I will look out for the writer.
>70 Donna828: I can think of very few that I would sooner help me with the books, Donna! To share that experience with a "fellow traveller" is always rewarding! :D
>71 m.belljackson: I will try to find that episode, Marianne, as I have to admit that the preparation of much of the local cuisine is an interminably tedious affair. I have a great cook in my household but she doesn't really bake that often.
Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
Date Published : 1917 (64 of 120)
Origin of Author : Norway (42 of 80)
Pages : 435 (16,495 in total)
1001 Books First Edition :
I must be honest in stating that I hated Hamsun's supposed masterpiece Hunger, but I believe in second chances.
It paid off in spades as I thoroughly enjoyed this story of farming lives in the untilled lands of Northern Europe. Nothing much happened other than the passing of the seasons and the turning of the soil and the toiling of its custodians, but it was strangely gripping nonetheless.
I suppose the casualness of sex as a woman cements her shelter in the wilderness and the "morality" of infanticide if your child is born with a hare-lip to a mother with a similar affliction would afford some action, however, it was the place and the land itself which was the main character in this book.
Glad to recommend this one.
I have a close to impossible 56 books to read in two months to meet my two main reading challenges :
Close to impossible but not impossible if I add to my reading marathons in the coming weeks.
The 28 books planned this month:
A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd (1981) Ghana
The Soil by Yi Kwang-Su (1932) Korea
Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson (1946) Finland
The Nebuly Coat by J Meade Falkner (1903)
Father and Son by Edmund Gosse (1907)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (1915)
The Castle by Franz Kafka (1926) Austria
The Tower by WB Yeats (1927)
Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson (1928)
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (1938)
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (1944)
The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis (1951) Greece
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado (1958) Brazil
The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa (1962) Peru
General of the Dead Army by Ismail Kadare (1963) Albania
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (1967) Kenya
In a Free State by VS Naipaul (1971) Trinidad
Sweet and Sour Milk by Nuruddin Farah (1979) Somalia
Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago (1980) Portugal
The General in his Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1989) Colombia
The Land of the Green Plums by Herta Muller (1993) Romania
Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov (1996) Ukraine
Foreign Bodies by Hwee Hwee Tan (1997) Singapore
Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam (2004) Pakistan
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Safak (2007) Turkey
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmad Saadawi (2013) Iraq
We, the Survivors by Tash Aw (2019) Malaysia
Only 6 1001 Books and 6 Nobel prize winners and a Pulitzer.
Piece of cake really!!
>78 SirThomas: Thanks Thomas. Nothing like setting oneself easy targets.
>73 PaulCranswick: I had a quick search and he's published a collection with Faber. No idea if those are about cricket as well though!
>80 charl08: John Simpson would hunt his books down if they were all about cricket, Charlotte.
I had a look and he was one of 12 featured poets in the Faber New Poets 2015/16 series. I will try to add these to my collection very soon.
The series is:
Faber New Poets 1 by Fiona Benson
Faber New Poets 2 by Toby Martinez de las Rivas
Faber New Poets 3 by Heather Phillipson
Faber New Poets 4 by Jack Underwood
Faber New Poets 5 by Joe Dunthorne
Faber New Poets 6 by Annie Katchinska
Faber New Poets 7 by Sam Riviere
Faber New Poets 8 by Tom Warner
Faber New Poets 9 by Rachael Allen
Faber New Poets 10 by Will Burns
Faber New Poets 11 by Zaffar Kunial
Faber New Poets 12 by Declan Ryan
I have definitely got a collection by Jack Underwood on the shelves and Joe Dunthorne is well known for a few very well received novels including the 1001 Book First Edition Submarine.
56 books in two months. The mind reels, one gasps for air, clutching the nearest bookshelf for support...
>84 quondame: Thanks Susan. I could do with borrowing some of your reading prowess for a couple of months.
>85 jnwelch: Ha! I have been thinking that in 2020 I will get back to reading (and writing) much more poetry. I have an offer to publish some of my scribbles here in Malaysia which I may or may not pursue but I will definitely look at publication in some of the UK periodicals next year.
>88 ronincats: Fair criticism, Roni, I suppose. I saw that there is a new series of "classic" (meaning I think long-forgotten) British sci-fi books on sale in Kino. I may add a couple of these these week and they could make an appearance in December.
Hi, Paul. Good luck with the reading marathons. Plenty of good and promising choices on that list. Are you still planning on leaving Malaysia, or is that up in the air?
>90 msf59: No, Mark. The eventual aim remains to return to the UK when I get everything in order here. It may take me a while longer to achieve that.
Paul, I see you are like me: You don't have a problem with books; you have a problem without them!
>92 brewbooks: John, the thought of a world without books certainly makes me shudder.
So did you downsize or about the same size?
I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been able to move back to England yet. I know you have been really looking forward to it.
I watched a few videos on Kek Lapis/Sarawak cake. This one is my favorite. It isn't one of the fancier designs but it does show the step by step process of making one.
>94 Morphidae: It is a little bigger actually, Morphy. There is plenty of bare wall space for shelves and/or bookcases but insufficient funds presently to do what I want with the place.
We do want to go back to the UK in the near future and light hopefully at the end of the tunnel in that direction.
I am hungry just looking at the videos. xx
Paul - the intriguing part about the Kek Lapis Sarawak baking on the show was that the cake layers were grilled.
Good luck with the reading goal for the rest of the year Paul. The mind boggles...
>102 FAMeulstee: Hard at work more like, Anita. The two projects I am working on are at critical points. I am working on a Supplementary Agreement with the Employer's Contract Administrators on PNB 118 which would introduce a Sectional Completion to enable them to use the office are earlier as well as re-setting the final completion date back a further 11 months to November 2021. On my Lot 91 Project we have handed over the first section and are negotiating how much we should be compensated for delays caused to our work.
I am amazingly still managing to read as well!!
For those who may be interested this is the YouTube version of progress on the PNB118 for which I am the Contract Manager.
>105 quondame: The other project is a tough one too, Susan!
>106 thornton37814: I do have work satisfaction, Lori. Slightly excuses my reduced reading numbers.
This is the other one. Difficult logistically because it is right in the centre of town and connects physically (and extends) the existing KL Convention centre which itself is attached to the KLCC Twin Towers.
The video is interesting as the motor cyclist at 3.45 is setting off next to a white condominium tower. That is where we live! I spend three days of the working week in the basement of the project and the other three days in a custom built temporary office next to the PNB118 project.
>108 mahsdad: It is a good feeling, Jeff, to think that I have had a small hand in shaping the skyline of this vibrant city.
>109 quondame: In many ways the Sapura building is a more challenging project - linking up with existing buildings, keeping the convention centre open, the logistics of location in the centre of a busy city.
Your building project are inspiring as are your reading plans for the rest of the year. My reading has stalled quite a bit and I unhappily send some great books back to the library unread.
I suppose you heard about the massive fire here in Auckland at the Sky City convention centre currently under construction. What a nightmare.
>111 avatiakh: I had a colleague in Auckland at the beginning of the week discussing with our structural expert witness on our insurance claim arbitration on the PNB118 project. I was trying to think of a reason to insist that I should be the one making the trip but overseeing three projects for Samsung makes it difficult for me to be away for four days. It would have been nice to have been able to meet up with you Kerry. Maybe next time.
Hope that the damage caused by the fire can be put right soon.
>113 karenmarie: Aluminium and glass, Karen, makes up the facade of the building.
...that building...it's...wow. That's an amazing structure to be involved with, and quite a calling card.
>103 PaulCranswick: Those are two big projects, Paul. I watched the video's (and remember pictures you showed), impressive.
I hope all negotiations work out in your favor.
Glad you are still reading :-)
>115 richardderus: If finished today it would be the second tallest in the world following Burj al-Khalifa in Dubai which some of my colleagues also worked on.
It is an intense project, RD, that requires patience as well as a bit of street-smart in negotiating with the American Contract Administrators appointed by the Government Linked owners.
>116 FAMeulstee: We also have a third project about to start which Samsung want me to help advise them on. I told them I wanted three salaries but they seemed to think I was joking!
Thanks Rhonda. Just had brunch at the KLCC Twins after buying a couple of books:
Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (her last poetry collection and winner of the Costa Book Award)
Wild Harbour by Ian MacPherson in the great British Science Fiction series. Written in 1936 it tells the tale of a pacifist couple who retreat into the Northern Highlands of Scotland as the war approaches them.
Hope you had a good weekend!
I'm hijacking your thread to get the word out....
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