What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

Love in a Fallen City - Eileen Chang, Karen S. Kingsbury The four novellas and two short stories in this collection of Eileen Chang's work illustrate Hong Kong in the middle of the 20th century. The translator makes a point in the introduction that while many other authors were banned in mainland China for portraying strong political opinions, Chang avoids the opinions and the banning. What Chang's sampling of work in this collection lacks in outright political tone is made up by the twisted and complicated relationships between characters. At times they are drawn out over years, divorces, and war, while others are momentary like between passengers on the subway. At first I was confused by the unfamiliar social constructs and conventions between the characters, but the quality of writing (and since I don't read the original language of these stories, the translation) made the confusion of a different set of cultural norms only a minor distraction. One story is translated by Chang herself, so the reader gets an academic understanding of the translation process of these works as well.

Currently reading

Native Son
Richard Wright
The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
The Elder Edda
Anonymous, Andrew Orchard