Books I’ve Read, 2005 – 2006

Not sure where I’ve seen this idea, but it’s out there somewhere on the web, and it struck me as a good one. So that I can keep track, this is a list of the books I’ve read since 2005, starting in late [April, I think?? It’s very long…] – Current. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu.
August – Sep 3rd. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Yukio Mishima.
Sep 4th – 29th Sep. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner.

"Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools."

"Where the shadow of the bridge fell I could see down for a long way, but not as far as the bottom. When you leave a leaf in water a long time after awhile the tissue will be gone and the delicate fibres waving slow as the motion of sleep. They don’t touch one another, no matter how knotted up they once were, no matter how close they lay once to the bones. And maybe when He says Rise the eyes will come floating up too, out of the deep quiet and the sleep, to look on glory."

30th Sep – 25th October. His Master’s Voice, Stanislaw Lem.
26th October – November. Storyteller, Kate Wilhelm.

November. The Traveller, John Twelve Hawks.

November. The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Nifenegger.

1st December – 21st December. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro.

22nd December – 15th January 2006. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, Herbert P. Bix

16th January – 9th February. Shalimar The Clown, Salman Rushdie. [DNF]
10th February – 17th February. The Opposite of Fate, Amy Tan.
18th February – 23rd February. The People’s Act of Love, James Meek. [DNF]
24th February – 1st March. Strangers, Taichi Yamada.
2nd March – 25th March. Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, John Le Carre.

"’Sitting is an eloquent business, any actor will tell you that. We sit according to our natures. We sprawl and straddle, we rest like boxers between rounds, we fidget, perch, cross and uncross our legs, lose patience, lose endurance. Gerstmann did none of those things. His posture was finite and irreducible, his little jagged body was like a promontory of rock; he could have sat there all day, without stirring a muscle. Whereas I -‘ Breaking out in an awkward, embarrassed laugh, Smiley tasted the wine again, but it was no better than before. ‘Whereas I longed to have something before me, papers, a book, a report. I think I am a restless person, fussy, variable. I thought so then, anyway. I felt I lacked philosophic repose. Lacked philosophy, if you like…’

26th March – 5th April. The Search, John Battelle.

6th April – 15th April. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote.

16th April – 1st May. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin.

2nd May – 30th May. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.

31st May – 4th June. Sun After Dark, Pico Iyer.

5th June – 14th June. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro.

15th June – 9th July. The Tyrant’s Novel, Thomas Keneally.

10th July – 23th July. Runaway, Alice Munro.

24th July – 1st August. Enzo Ferrari, Richard Williams.

2nd August – 15th August. The Corporation, Joel Bakan.
2nd August – 26th August. The Ghost In The Shell, Masamune Shirow.

16th August – 5th September. Coco and Igor, Chris Greenhalgh.

6th September – 10th September. New York Trilogy, Paul Auster. [DNF]

11th September – 16th September. In Search of a Distant Voice, Taichi Yamada.

17th September – 30th September. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathon Safran Foer.

1st October – 10th October. Loving The Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots, Timothy Hornyak.

11th October – 16th October. Buddha (Book 1), Osama Tezuka.

17th October – 20th October. The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters (Installment 1), G. W. Dahlquist.

21st October – November. Possession, A.S. Byatt.

23rd October – 24th October. The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters (Installment 2), G. W. Dahlquist.

30th October – 31st October. The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters (Installment 3), G. W. Dahlquist.

6th November – 8th November. The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters (Installment 4), G. W. Dahlquist

November. The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters (Installments 4, 5, 6 and 7), G. W. Dahlquist
The Devil, Leo Tolstoy.

1st December – 8th December. My Life, Anton Chekov.

11th December – 15th December. The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters (Installments 8 and 9), G. W. Dahlquist.
15th December – 19th December. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (33 1/3rd series), Kim Cooper.
20th December – 29th December. Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murakami.
30th December. Shenzhen, Guy Delisle.

* DNF = Did Not Finsh

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