Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Monstrosity Gazette: A weekly smattering of all things literary...

Bookish Quote of the Day:

"This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book — it makes a very poor doorstop."

-Alfred Hitchcock

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Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1923 Jaroslav Hasek died. Hasek is described in unheroic terms by his biographers, and his bohemian-anarchist ways contributed to an early death - before he could finish the last volume of his antiwar satire, The Good Soldier Svejk, or hear it praised as "on a level with Cervantes and Rabelais."

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Literary Pic of the Day:

Library Volunteer, © 2007 Jennifer B. Bodine

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New Book on my Radar:

by Jasper Fforde
Viking, 2009
390 pages

Summary in a Sentence:

Eddie Russett, who belongs to the low-level House of Red meets Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village, who shows Eddie that not everything in the world is as good as he perceives.


Kirthi said...

What's really funny is that I use this old hardcover Grammar and Literature book as a doorstop for my room (the hinges on my door are really weak, so the door opens all the time, except when closed) So I have to say, as always, love the quote!

Literary Feline said...

What a great picture! And I love the quote.

I've heard great things about Shades of Grey and would like to read it too.

Cleverly Inked said...

Great qoute

justpeachy36 said...

This book just got on my radar in the last couple of days... looks very interesting.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

I absolutely love that quote!

Alyce said...

I knew immediately which book was in the doorstop photo because my sister had that exact Shakespeare book when she was in high school. I don't know why I remember it so vividly, but I do. :)