November 2014 Wrap-Up

November was all about Lizzy and Caroline’s German Literature Month, and while I didn’t get around to reading quite as much as in previous years, I did get to try quite a few impressive German-language books.  However, even in the midst of all these Teutonic literary shenanigans, my Korean literature odyssey continued unabated, and I’m well on track to knocking off a good number of my remaining review copies before the end of the year 🙂

But I digress…

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Total Books Read: 11

Year-to-Date: 119

New:11

Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 3
Review Copies: 5

From the Library: 2
On the Kindle: 2 (1 review copy)

Novels: 6

Novellas: 1
Short Stories: 4

Non-English Language: 11 (5 German, 4 Korean, 2 Spanish)

In Original Language: 4 (4 German)
Aussie Author Challenge: 0 (1/3)
Japanese Literature Challenge 8: 0 (4/1)


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Books reviewed in November were:

1) Agnes by Peter Stamm
2) Transit by Anna Seghers
3) The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner
4) Eine Halligfahrt (Journey to a Hallig) by Theodor Storm
5) Blumenberg by Sibylle Lewitscharoff
6) River of Fire and Other Stories by O Chong-hui
7) Irrungen, Wirrungen (Trials and Tribulations) by Theodor Fontane
8) Mario und der Zauberer (Mario and the Magician) by Thomas Mann
9) Mujong: the Heartless by Yi Kwang-su
10) Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner
11) Die Ausgewanderten (The Emigrants) by W.G. Sebald
12) Alte Meister (The Old Masters) by Thomas Bernhard

Tony’s Turkey for November is: Nothing

Another turkeyless month – surely December will see one more for the year 😉

Tony’s Recommendation for November is:
Thomas Bernhard’s Alte Meister

I was very close to causing major outrage by choosing one of my Korean books (River of Fire) as my pick for German Literature Month, but in the end Bernhard managed to redeem the honour of the German-language world with his claustrophobic tale of a morning in an art gallery (one I had the dubious pleasure of sharing in my post…).  It was definitely a close call, though 😉
 

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December is a time to relax from the rigours of German-language reading and look forward to the next challenge.  You see, the first month of the new year will see the third edition of my January in Japan blogging event – which means it’ll soon be time to start cracking open the J-Lit.  Do join me 😉

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4 thoughts on “November 2014 Wrap-Up

  1. And I thought you didn't like the Bernhard, since you mimicked it so well (and wickedly) in your 'review'. It sounds like a really good month of reading – and well done for reading 4 of these in German!

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  2. Marina Sofia – Ah, I only parody books I respect and enjoy – see the 'Something a Little Different…' tab at the top of the site 😉

    Also, to clarify – I actually read *eight* of the ten in German! My monthly wrap-ups are a little schizophrenic in nature as the numbers refer to books *read* in the month while the links refer to books *reviewed* in the month. This is because I used to do both stats and reviews together which meant I had to keep going back and adding links once the reviews were up 🙂

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  3. Emma – I don't think they're that similar. That information is probably based on the fact that in certain circumstances German verbs move to the end of the sentence, which is the normal position for verbs in both Korean and Japanese. I can't think of any other similarities off the top of my head, though 😉

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