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Five things about books

Blog meme time (thanks to Talmida).

Total number of books I’ve owned.

No idea. How do you count? Do multi-volume sets count as 1 or the number of volumes? I have a lot of those. The total is certainly more than 1,000, probably less than 10,000

Last book I bought.

A dead heat between Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco and The Bible and the Sword by Barbara Tuchman, from the very cool bookshop in Shatz Street.

Last book I read.

Started or finished? I am reading the Tuchman book in my commute and the Eco book in bed. The last one I finished reading was The Picturegoers, David Lodge’s first novel.

Five books that mean a lot to me.

I will write down more or less the first five I think of. I am sure I will think of others and regret not being able to include them.

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth.

Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Yes, I know it’s geeky, but what do you expect?

Borges’ short stories.

Souls on Fire by Eli Wiesel. Money quote:

Two men separated by space and time can nevertheless take part in an exchange. One asks a question and the other, elsewhere and later, asks another, unaware that his question is an answer to the first.

The Once and Future King by T. H. White, especially The Book of Merlin

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