No preamble this time. Waiting for inspiration might unduly delay this post. So here it goes.
SHELF SIX: 42 books, 17 unread, 25 read, 40% completed
Cather, Willa – The Professor’s House (completed)
Cather, Willa – Alexander’s Bridge (completed)
Cather, Willa – Sapphira and the Slave Girl (completed)
Cather, Willa – One of Ours (completed)
Cather, Willa – Collected Stories (completed)
This is an example of having read pretty much everything an author has written but not owning all of them. Happily most Cather’s stay in print so I don’t really need to keep them, but observers may think I am not as much of a fan as I am. Plus I really do need to reread O Pioneers! and My Ántonia. It has been too long.
Carlotto, Massimo – Gang of Lovers (completed)
Carlotto, Massimo – The Columbian Mule (completed)
In the mood for something different and compelled by Europa’s covers, I picked up Gang of Lovers not too long ago off a table at Politics and Prose and have found myself oddly delighted by this hardboiled noir novels.
Catton, Eleanor – The Rehearsal
Channon, E.M. – The Honor of the House
Chase, Ilka – New York 22
I couldn’t resist this cover at Powell’s last summer.
Chase, Mary Ellen – The Lovely Ambition
Chase, Mary Ellen – The Edge of Darkness
Cool covers and mid-century New England (I think).
Chatwin, Bruce – The Viceroy of Ouidah
Chatwin, Bruce – On the Black Hill (completed)
Even though On the Black Hill is one of my favorite novels of all time, I have had less success with Chatwin’s other writing.
Chesnutt, Charles W. – The House Behind the Cedars
Chesterton, G.K. – The Father Brown Stories
I’ve never read any of these but they seem like the should be up my alley.
Cholmondeley, Mary – Red Pottage
Christie, Agatha – Sad Cypress
The only Christie I have read is And Then There Were None. It was fine, but not really my thing. The only reason I own this one is because I found cheap or free somewhere.
Clark, Walter van Tilberg – The Ox-Bow Incident
Coe, Christopher – I Look Divine (completed)
Coe, Christopher – Such Times
Coetzee, J.M. – Disgrace (completed)
Coleman, Emily Holmes – The Shutter of Snow
Colette – The Ripening Seed (completed)
Colette – The Pure and the Impure
Colette – My Mother’s House and Sido
Colette – The Other One
Colette – The Shackle
Close viewers will note I have two copies of My Mother’s House and Sido. Didn’t realize that until I made this list. I was not a big fan of the Claudine books that I forced myself to read for A Century of Books. I did, however, really enjoy The Ripening Seed. I hope I like all these other volumes which I pretty much bought simply because the covers feature line drawings by Jackie Schuman, the cover artist for Barbara Pym’s Dutton editions.
Comyns, Barbara – Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
Comyns, Barbara – Our Spoons Came From Woolworths (completed)
Comyns, Barbara – The Vet’s Daughter (completed)
Comyns, Barbara – The Skin Chairs (completed)
Looking at the three Comyns novels I’ve read so far makes me realize how impressive she is. Three very different books but all fantastic. I believe What Was Changed and Who Was Dead is her best, so I guess I have something good to look forward to.
Compton-Burnett, Ivy – A God and His Gifts
Compton-Burnett, Ivy – Manservant and Maidservant (completed)
Compton-Burnett, Ivy – A House and Its Head (completed)
Compton-Burnett, Ivy – The Present and the Past
Compton-Burnett, Ivy – A Family and a Fortune
Compton-Burnett, Ivy – Brothers and Sisters
ICB is an acquired taste and I’m not entirely sure if I’ve acquired it. They are clever and funny and use lots and lots of dialog. More dialog than you would believe possible. And she definitely likes an “and” in her titles doesn’t she?
Collins, Wilkie – Basil
Collins, Wilkie – The Bitter Bit and other stories
Collins, Wilkie – The Moonstone
Collins, Wilkie – Blind Love (completed)
Let me just say I have also read The Woman in White and Armadale even thought I don’t own copies.
NEXT TIME: Collins to Dickens (Monica)