Friday, March 28, 2008
Treasures from the library
We had an evening out at one of our favorites - a portuguese tapas bar - to celebrate our anniversary last night, so I'm getting a late start. I did make my way through the raindrops this morning and came home with some enticing goodies from the library.
Music, In a Foreign Language - the idiosyncratic work of Scotsman Andrew Crumey was recommended by John Self at Asylum. Like Richard Powers - one of my favorites - Crumey likes weave science, music, and philosophy through his fiction. This is set in an alternative British police state in which the publishers of an underground magazine - one a physicist and one a historian - are investigated.
I was not familiar with the work of Patrick Gale when Mark Johnson wrote about his Notes for An Exhibition over at 5th Estate. While I wasn't particularly drawn to that one, I was to Rough Music which seems to be an across-the-generations story of family relations.
Finally, after reading a rave over Divisadero at Ex Libris, I put it on my library reserve list. The dual time and place device is one I usually enjoy in fiction. Sometimes Ondaatje can put me to sleep, other times I've really liked him, so I'm willing to give this one a shot.
Time to get to work.