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Library Loot

June 14, 2011

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!


Fatelessness by Imre Kertész

quote from page 106:

“It was then that we were obliged to pay attention – basically, more seriously than we had thus far – to the smell. I would find it difficult to pin down: sweetish and somehow cloying, with a whiff of the now familiar chemical in it as well, but altogether enough to almost make me fear the bread of a moment ago might be regurgitated.”

Synopsis (from front flap):

“Fourteen-year-old Gyuri is let off going to school for ‘family reasons’. His father has been called up for labour service. Arriving at the family timber store he witnesses with nonchalence and boredom his father sign over the business to the firm’s book-keeper. Two months laters, after saying goodbye to his father, he finds himself assigned to a ‘permanent workplace’.

Within a fortnight Gyuri is unexpectedly pulled off the bus on his way to work and detained without explanation. This is the start of his journey to and subsequent imprisonment in Auschwitz. On arrival he finds he is unable to identify with other Jews, and in turn is rejected by them. An outsider among his own people, his estrangement makes him a preternaturally acute observer.

Fatelessness’ power lies in its refusal to mitigate the unfathomable alienness of the Holocaust, the strangeness is compounded by Gyuri’s dogmatic insistence on making sense of everything he witnesses.”

The Snow Geese by William Fiennes

quote from page 131:

“Sometimes I leaned back in the chair just to hear the wicker wince. It was getting dark. There was only one light: a lamp with a red shade, and pricks and incisions in the shade that seemed randomly distributed until you switched the lamp on and light shone through them in the likeness of a cat, sitting upright, with a ribbon round its neck, tied in a bow.”

Synopsis (from back cover):

“Snow geese spend their summers in the Canadian Arctic, on the tundra. Every autumn they migrate south, to Delaware, California and the Gulf of Mexico, and in the spring they fly north again. One year, William Fiennes decided to go with them and to write about his travels. The result is an extraordinary journey, a mesmerizing story about the joy of being alive, of being on the move and – above all – of returning home.”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

quote from page 51:

“It led them tantalizingly closer to the sound of the water, doubling back and forth through the trees, giving them occasional glimpses down the hill to the driveway, leading them around out of sight of the house across a rocky meadow, and always downhill.”

Synopsis (from the back cover):

“Hill House stood abandoned, six miles off the road. Four people came to learn its secrets: Dr Montague, an occult scholar; Luke, a spendthrift heir; Theodora, escaping a love affair…and Eleanor.

Eleanor was lonely and vulnerable – to friendship, love and laughter, and to the house.

Hill House, not sane, stood against its hills, holding darkness within. Whatever walked there, walked alone.”

The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo Jose Cela

quote from page 71:

“And  that was my salvation, that he was the way he was, for as you know yourself, the best way to deal with such people is to use fine words and jingle some silver.”


“Cela was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in October 1989, and this novel is considered by many to be his masterpiece. It is the story of an ignorant Castillian peasant and multiple murderer, and it tells of the savage impulses behind his crimes and his redeeming characteristics.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2011 5:00 pm

    Funny enough, I have older copies of both Fatelessness and The Family of Pascual Duarte in my library that I haven’t read yet. Thanks for the reminder. I enjoyed The Snow Geese very much and I’ve also read The Music Room by William Fiennes. I’m not one for supernatural stories but the others are all right up my alley. Thanks for visiting Fresh Ink Books. I hope you do borrow Susan Hill’s book and enjoy it. I look forward to your thoughts on these books.

    • June 14, 2011 6:57 pm

      I’m reading Fatelessness atm, it’s good so far, only 58 pages in

      I’m trying to read some horror, I don’t read much of it so I thought I’ll rectify that and The Haunting is supposed to be a classic of the genre.

  2. June 15, 2011 6:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted to read more of Jackson’s stuff. I LOVED her short story, The Lottery that I read in high school but I’ve never read anything else by her. I’ll have to add Hill House to my TBR pile!

  3. June 16, 2011 1:43 pm

    The Haunting On Hill House is on my tbr list. Like Mollie I enjoyed the Lottery but haven’t read anything else by Jackson. Enjoy!

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