I’m off on vacation this Thursday until the second week of May. Holidays are the time when I usually get the most reading done, although this trip is going to be a bit busy. Still, I figure I’ll be able to get through four books. First on my list is Don Quixote. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this behemoth has been sitting on my shelf staring at me for almost a year now and guilt (as well as desire to read what most consider to be the forerunner of the modern novel) compels me to make this my priority. For the other three slots, options abound. Some of my choices:
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. Another prize-winning book that I’ve picked up and then put back down a few chapters in. Time to give it another go?
The Devil Soldier by Caleb Carr. A non-fiction account of an American mercenary fighting for the Emperor of China during the biggest and deadliest rebellion in human history. Looks fascinating.
Seeing by Jose Saramago. Follow-up to Blindness, an amazing book. Downsides include almost complete lack of punctuation, quotation marks, paragraphs. Makes reading a bit more arduous.
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. I have not read anything by Faulkner. Of that, I am ashamed. Still, after tackling Don Quixote, I’m not sure I’m going to want to jump into another dense, difficult book.
Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami. I’ve been saving this – once this one is completed, I’ll have no new Murakami material until next autumn when 1Q84 is released in English translation.
Gulag by Anne Applebaum. This won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2004. A book about the notorious Soviet prison camp system could be interesting, but probably not very uplifting.
So, those are my choices of which I can realistically get through three (not including Don Quixote). Suggestions are most welcome.