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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Acquisitions from a Bridgewater, NJ Orient/Sinophile 
25th-Mar-2006 02:42 pm
Gorey02
The usual Saturday morning entertainment? Estate sales, naturally.

And, as usual, I was digging through some random deceased old lady's (It's ALWAYS a woman, by the way, never a man. In the world of "normal people," only women routinely buy novels and read for fun.) worldly collection of books. Fortunately, the selection, which included the ubiquitous romances, "women's literature," and *cringes* Reader's Digest condensed books (What, I ask, is the appeal???), obviously belonged to someone who was a big Asia fan. For sale was every Pearl S. Buck novel ever written, not to mention a few Chinese writers I'd never heard of before. I ended up leaving with a gorgeous two-volume hardcover boxed set of Chin P'ing Mei printed in 1940, an illustrated, hardcover edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence printed in 1938, and the first American edition of The Persian Boy by Mary Renault, which, alas, is missing its dustjacket.

EDIT: After doing some research, I've discovered that the English translation of Chin P'ing Mei that I acquired today is heavily abridged and most likely bastardized...and that the comprehensive English translation of this classic Chinese novel has not been written yet! Ah well, I wasn't necessarily planning on reading my 65 year old books, anyway. (They're just too damn PRETTY...!)
Comments 
25th-Mar-2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I was going to mention the number of books I have, but then I noticed you were only talking about normal people ^_^;;;;
26th-Mar-2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
*grins* How many books DO you have?
26th-Mar-2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know! ^_^;; I have two bookcases that are almost full, and that doesn't count several boxes of books I've packed up based on wishful thinking of moving soon, and there still some more in the garage.. And, 22 more coming tomorrow ^^
27th-Mar-2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
*groans* Don't even get me started on how many books I STILL have packed away after having moved on multiple occasions...

So, is moving contigent upon finding a job?
27th-Mar-2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Well, moving immediately and right into my own nice apartment in Alexandria is contingent on finding a job... The alternative is to move up with my parents as soon as they can sell their house, and move into their proposed new house near DC until I find something, if ever ^^;
There's also some chance they could buy something up there before selling here, in which case I'd probably move up with the cats while they sell off here... But, every plan is to leave here! ^_^

Of course, the original plan was to have been working in DC for almost a year by now...

*sighs*
28th-Mar-2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Well, moving immediately and right into my own nice apartment in Alexandria is contingent on finding a job...

Like Mulder in The X-Files. XD

The alternative is to move up with my parents as soon as they can sell their house, and move into their proposed new house near DC until I find something, if ever ^^;

Heh. "And my child shall live in my basement forevermore. Amen." (Prayer to "Father" Bush.)

Any particular reason why they want to move to DC?
28th-Mar-2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Like Mulder in The X-Files.

Really? ^__^

DC was their favorite place where they've lived. There's lots to do, lots to see, and the winters aren't so bad. They actually want to look near Annapolis, which is just a really nice area.. Annapolis itself is beautiful, and hopefully the areas around we're going to look at will be nice.. From there, you can get into DC pretty easily, and also into Baltimore..

And my child shall live in my basement forevermore. Amen

>_< Of course Bush has created millions of jobs that pay much higher than average, unfortunately they're all in India and China........... Lets just hope our parents can afford nice basements ^_~
28th-Mar-2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Really? ^__^

Oh, yes. *says the former avid fan* And remember his waterbed with the mirrors on the ceiling? XD

Lets just hope our parents can afford nice basements ^_~

Actually, mine are having visions of housing me in a coverted attic. ^^;;;;;
28th-Mar-2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
No waterbed, I'm sure I'd drop scissors on it first thing ^_^;; Mirrors could be amusing though ^_~

mine are having visions of housing me in a coverted attic

*laughs*

Well, attics are a traditional place for storing crazy relatives ^__^
28th-Mar-2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
No waterbed, I'm sure I'd drop scissors on it first thing ^_^;;

There's this whole "comedy" episode where he wakes up to a leaking waterbed over and over and over again. His neighbors and landlords are pissed.

Personally, I think waterbeds are too soft...

Well, attics are a traditional place for storing crazy relatives ^__^

Crazy WOMEN relatives, you mean. :P
28th-Mar-2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, crazy women ^_~ Also unwanted stepchildren and such, usually girls....
28th-Mar-2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Unwanted wives (such as in Jane Eyre) or too-wanted virgins (Rapunzel in her tower). Too bad I'm not either. :P
28th-Mar-2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
And also The Little Princess, don't forget her ^_^ I wonder if it's mostly in England that women get stuffed in attics ^^
28th-Mar-2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe the English are more likely to have full attics...
28th-Mar-2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Good English construction, plenty of spare room for unwanted female storage ^_~
25th-Mar-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
you got a first edition of persian boy? swap you for my first american edition of well of loneliness...also sans dust-jacket *grin* and i bought that at a rummage sale...makes you wonder, doesn't it.
26th-Mar-2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
my first american edition of well of loneliness...

*blinks* When, exactly, WAS that first printed in the US, anyway? *curious, given its turbulent British history...*
26th-Mar-2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
i think it's 1934, but i'm not sure. someone's borrowed it at the moment, so i can't check. it's really an awful book *grin*
27th-Mar-2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
it's really an awful book *grin*

Since I haven't read it, I'll take your word for it for now. ^_^;
27th-Mar-2006 06:14 pm (UTC) - invert alert!
to gneralize: it's whiney and self-indulgent and everyone's unhappy because they weren't born men. apparently, this is the root of all the misery felt by poor, twisted lesbians; that, and not being accepted by society. did you know that? i didn't! you learn something every day.
28th-Mar-2006 01:21 am (UTC) - Re: invert alert!
everyone's unhappy because they weren't born men

Homosexual, transsexual, same difference. No worries. :P
26th-Mar-2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Well, for what it's worth, I do collect books. I have quite the collection, I just don't have time to actually read them.
26th-Mar-2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Collecting books is different from reading them, though. It's like the difference between collecting decorative plates and eating off them. XD I have the double vice of doing both.

But, anyway, I may make snide, derogatory comments about "normal people," but the fact of the matter is that more American women read literature than men, in any case.
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