Book Bloggers Blog the Booker Books – For an excellent summary of what some of the best bloggers on the web are saying about the Booker contenders, check out The Fiction Desk.
Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield in “Tales x 2” – The Narrative Magazine (registration required, but free) reprints a story from each, Chekhov’s “Sleepy” and Mansfield’s “The Child-Who-Was-Tired” (pdf version). There is little doubt that Mansfield copied Chekhov, whether intentionally or not, and was vaulted into the literary limelight as a darling. The sincerest form of flattery can be a career boost, I suppose.
Book Blogger Appreciation Week (hat tip: A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook and A Striped Armchair) Check out BBAW Day 4: Forgotten Treasures for various bloggers’ take on underappreciated books. (Or just go straight to Shelf Love for Jenny’s and Teresa’s picks.) (Or, just check in with Reading Matters for her Triple Choice Thursdays. This week: Lizzy’s Literary Life is the blogger to pick a favorite, a book that changed her, and a book that deserves a wider audience.)
Another Cookie Crumbles reviews Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. Hooray! She liked it and calls it: “…humorous in bits, and thought-provoking in chunks…”
A review of Jeffrey Eugenide’s The Virgin Suicides (A Rat in the Book Pile) I loved Middlesex but haven’t read anything else by Eugenide’s. Shame on me.
The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows?!? (Only Words to Play With)
The Mookse and the Gripes enjoyed Jennifer Egan’s The Goon Squad so much, he went out and bought The Keep.