Friday, September 11, 2015

The Sunday Haul

After buying nine books at the Best Books sale during the week I thought it wouldn’t be such a good idea to pick up more books at Abids the following Sunday. Though I had resolved to only look and not to buy any books on my usual Sunday visit to Abids it did not take very long for the resolve to crumble. The first book I saw and picked up was yet another (my third) copy of ‘The Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad. It was a nice copy with a beautiful cover and the price too was just right so I grabbed it.
The second find was ‘Slow Man’ by J.M. Coetzee that I got for the ridiculously low price of only thirty rupees. It was in good condition and I picked it up the moment I saw it in the heap of books selling for thirty rupees only. In the adjacent heap of books that too were selling for thirty rupees I found ‘Paperweight’ by Stephen Fry. I found my first copy of this book maybe a decade ago and I still have it with me. It is a collection of Fry’s hilarious pieces that I read again and again.
I think the best find of Sunday was ‘The Name is Archer’ by Ross Macdonald that I spotted at a seller near the Abids GPO. I got this book for only forty rupees which was a steal. Another find was ‘Oriental Mythology’ by Joseph Campbell which is a fantastic book. I don’t know what prompted me to pay hundred rupees for this book but I am certain it will be interesting to read it.
With these six book the total number of books that I bought in September comes to fifteen and the tally of books that I have gathered till date is one short of a hundred and fifty.


S. Jayasrinivasa Rao a.k.a. winding river said... found the archer collection of short stories! lucky ya... if you can spare the Stephen Fry book, count me in ...

Vinod Ekbote said...

Sure, you can have one of my copies of the Stephen Fry book if you will spare me one of your fountain pens!

S. Jayasrinivasa Rao a.k.a. winding river said...

Ok done, Sir...happy to spare...want a Deccan Onyx in exchange?