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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Just Another Day in Colldev...

I've been reading Ada, or Ardor: a Family Chronicle, picked up at a used book store, and decided to check our library's Nabokov holdings. No Ada or even Lolita! I continue to be surprised by the gaps in our collection. So I immediately put in an order for the Library of America Nabokov volumes. Since I had nothing better to do, I did a spot check of some other authors that came to mind, and uncovered the following omissions:

  • C. S. Lewis, The Space Trilogy (amazing that we wouldn't have this central work of an author so popular here)
  • V. S. Naipaul, Bend in the River
  • Shusaku Endo, Silence (you would think a school with courses in missiology would have already had this famous historical fiction about the Jesuit martyrs of Japan)
  • Georges Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest

Name That Author!

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Blogger Felix said...

Now you're getting all theology-y.

Thomas More?

Do you expect that anyone will gripe about Lolita? Does purchasing it as part of a collection with an innocuous title like "Novels, 1955-1962" make it less likely that someone will object?

4:51 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thomas More?


Do you expect that anyone will gripe about Lolita?

I wondered if the sexual content of the novel was the reason why we didn't own it. After all, we both know of another Texas Baptist university where the considerably tamer film version was banned. On the other hand, last year I bought us Portnoy's Complaint and Tropic of Cancer without provoking any reaction. Probably so few people here use the library that I can slip almost anything in.

5:11 PM  

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