edwinbcn's BFB in 2019

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edwinbcn's BFB in 2019

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1edwinbcn
Redigerat: jan 22, 2020, 4:47am

In 2017 I read eight books in the category BFB, and in 2018 three, so joining this group my target for 2019 will be to read 5 or more.

NB 1: On 27 March I already reached my target of 5 BFBs, so I have adjusted my target to 15 for this year.

As far as I can see, most books on my shelves in this category are either non-fiction, biographies, collections such as "Collected short stories of X" or omnibus editions collecting several or all novels of a particular author.

1. The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher 615 p.

2. Etty. De nagelaten geschriften van Etty Hillesum 1941-1943 by Etty Hillesum 893 p.

3. Muriel Spark. The biography by Martin Stannard 627 p.

4. The pike. Poet, seducer and preacher of war by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, 694 p.

5. Hundejahre by Günter Grass, 748 p.

6. Het beleg van Laken. Moorddroom by Walter Van den Broeck, 1084 p.

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2connie53
feb 9, 2019, 11:17am

Welcome, Edwin. Best of luck with your BFB's.

3MissWatson
feb 10, 2019, 5:22am

Welcome and happy reading. I liked your review, too!

4edwinbcn
feb 10, 2019, 8:42am

Thanks. The main group where I post my reviews is Club Read.

5edwinbcn
Redigerat: mar 6, 2019, 5:50am

I have definitely abandoned Nicola Barker's Darkmans (838 pages), Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes (1405 pages) and Le Roy Ladurie's Montaillou, village occitan de 1294 a 1324 (640 pages).

6edwinbcn
mar 3, 2019, 8:01am

#1. The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher, 615 pages.

7edwinbcn
mar 7, 2019, 6:51am

#2. Etty. De nagelaten geschriften van Etty Hillesum 1941-1943 by Etty Hillesum 893 pages

This is the (original) Dutch edition of Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941-1943.

I read the fifth revised and completed edition, published in January 2008.

8edwinbcn
mar 16, 2019, 9:29pm

#3 Muriel Spark. The biography by Martin Stannard 627 p.

9edwinbcn
mar 18, 2019, 12:20am

#4 The pike. Poet, seducer and preacher of war by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, 694 p.

10haydninvienna
mar 18, 2019, 2:08am

>9 edwinbcn: I started with this, but it is "suspended" at least for now because I found D'Annunzio to be such a terminally loathsome creature. Brilliant writer perhaps, but ... !

11edwinbcn
mar 28, 2019, 3:06am

D'Annunzio does appear as a loathsome figure. I bought this book in a whim, and I am glad I am done with it. I had no particular interest in D'Annunzio or even Italian literature. However, I do have an strong interest in fin-de-siecle European literature and dandyism, and D'Annunzio perfectly fits that profile. Onece again, I am not particularly interested in the Second World War, even less from the Italian perspective, but then again, the chapters about the post-Great War disintegration of the northern Balkans and the rise of Fascism were interesting to read. Another thing is that Lucy Hughes-Hallett's book is far from a traditional (chronological) biography, although a clear chronological thread is discernable throughout the chapters. On the whole, I found The pike. Poet, seducer and preacher of war a dazzlingly original and inspiring read.

12edwinbcn
mar 28, 2019, 3:08am

#5 Hundejahre by Günter Grass, 748 p.

13edwinbcn
mar 28, 2019, 3:12am

My target was to read five BFB in 2019, but I have already reached my target, so I am adjusting my target to 15 (chosen very randomly as I don't immediately see more BFBs on my shelves.

14edwinbcn
mar 28, 2019, 3:16am

My BFBs come in five flavours: English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish

15johnsimpson
mar 28, 2019, 4:58pm

Welcome to the group Edwin and you are doing well with the BFB's.

16connie53
mar 31, 2019, 4:41am

Reaching your target so early in the year. Good job. And expanding it to 15 is courageous since you don't have them your shelves. So I would like to see what you come up with.

17edwinbcn
apr 4, 2019, 9:56pm

I think I have about 10 more BFBs, so in as far as I can manage, adding ten is no problem. I dare not set the target higher because I don't see more such big books, but they are probably somewhere.

18edwinbcn
jan 22, 2020, 4:47am

#6 Het beleg van Laken. Moorddroom by Walter Van den Broeck, 1084 p.