Monthly Archives: September 2010

Harry Potter in Spanish

Harry Potter was introduced to the unsuspecting public in 1997, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rawling, and the Spanish translation was published a year latter. I have both editions: the pages of my Scholastic trade paperback … Continue reading

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Books in Translation

Several of the novels in my library are English translations of Spanish language novels also in the library. I’m wondering if I should look at them as duplicates, and then eliminate either the original or the translation from my bookshelf. … Continue reading

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Baudolino tells his Story

The novels of Umberto Eco are a difficult read (I declare that without proof or analysis), but they are worth the effort. In my opinion, that is especially true for his first two novels: The Name of the Rose (1980) … Continue reading

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Don Quijote Sallies Forth

Browsing the lowest, darkest corners of my library, I encountered a Spanish edition of Cervantes classic: Don Quijote de la Mancha. These two dusty volumes, Parts I and II, were purchased in Madrid during a sightseeing trip to Castile and … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Discovery

While shifting a pile of books on the lower shelf of a bookcase I discovered a tall stack of books that had been hidden from view for some years. In the stack were two Modern Library editions from my undergraduate … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Duplicates, Duplicates: looking for duplicates, I found 3 volumes of Virgil’s masterpiece, The Aneid. Two of the copies are the famous Fitzgerald translation and the third is the new translation by Flagel. I like reading the Flagel best.

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Goodbye Inspector Banks

The blade of the deaccessioner’s guillotine has fallen on my collection of suspense thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Alan Banks. Banks is the invention of English-born Canadian mystery writer Peter Robinson. My library has the trade paperback editions of the first 7 … Continue reading

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Goodbye Wapshot Chronicle

The deaccessioning has to start somewhere; the first book must be selected, but which one?  I like all of my books, even those that I can’t seem to find the energy or time to read. After some agony, I selected, … Continue reading

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Hello, World! Books Flying Away

Hello, World! Books are flying as I remove them from my library. Do bloggers really say “Hello, World”? Probably not, but the phrase is familiar to me from when I wrote computer programs. I’ve coded it often when testing a … Continue reading

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