Anton Chekhov on leaving judgement to the reader

Anton Chekhov is renowned for leaving many of his short stories open-ended, without offering any resolution or explanation to that which he has explored. Rather, he preferred to leave it up to the reader to bring about a judgement or a resolution … [Read more...]

(Almost) Daily Bookshot: Foiled Fitzgerald

Foiled Fitzgerald, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I recently received this delicious object from my daughter as a Christmas present, and it is one of the finest looking books I've ever had pleasure of owning. For those who don't know, … [Read more...]

Cover Love: The (RED) series from Penguin Classics

If you follow my Cover Love series then you would know that I have a bit of a thing for typography-based cover designs. In the past I've praised the virtues of the 'Art of the Novella' series from Melville House, hailed the glory that is the Faber … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Yay turns to Heyyyy!!

Yay turns to Heyyyy!!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. If you've been following me on Twitter for a while (@RobAroundBooks) then you'll have seen me getting increasingly excited as the publication date for Tolstoy's Last Steps has drawn … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Hans is in the House (But Not for Long)

Hans is in the House (But Not for Long), originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I finally got my hands on Hans Fallada's seminal novel Alone in Berlin (Penguin UK ISBN: 9781846140822) [note: published in the US as Every Man Dies Alone (Melville … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Penguin’s 4 Shilling Modern Classic

Penguin's 4 Shilling Modern Classic, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. It's more or less a year to the day since I read Albert Camus' rather superb The Plague, so I thought I'd celebrate the occasion with a shot of an early 1970's Penguin … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Mon 29th June 2009

07:00 - Start of a new week but not a new book. I got snagged up with something important at the end of last night, so I never did get a chance to finish Tsotsi [forethoughts]. I’ve drowned my sorrows about that this morning by reading a couple more … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Thu 25th June 2009

Last night - So the last thing I did last night was go ahead and read the Scorsese’s foreword for Shusaku Endo’s Silence (Peter Owen). It’s not long but it’s punchy, with one of the main features being a challenge by Scorsese on the held belief that … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: The Russians Are Here!

The Russians Are Here!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Another occasion for 'bookish intoxication' today as a second major book order hit the doorstep, bringing together the six Russian-flavoured titles I'd ordered over the … [Read more...]

RobAroundBookLists: Penguin Classics – ‘100 most popular’

No series of books is probably closer to my heart than the Penguin Classics so I'm delighted for this week's RobAroundBookLists slot to be featuring Amazon's 100 most popular Penguin Classics (in terms of sales rank), as reproduced by Peter Steinberg … [Read more...]