Okay, I am officially calling off my 2020 reading resolution of limiting my book purchases for the year to a total of 40 books only. With 25 books bought from the recently concluded 2020 Big Bad Wolf Sale, it is now but impossible to limit myself. Or maybe I’ll revise my limit to a about 60 to 80 books. Hmmm. That is something I have to think about.

Anyway, apart from the 25 books I bought from the Big Bad Wolf Sale, here is the rest of my book hauls for the love month.


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Title: Washington Black
Author: Esi Edugyan
Publisher:
Vintage
Publishing Date: April 2019
No. of Pages: 384

Synopsis: “Eleven-year-old George Washington Black – or Wash – a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen to be the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.

But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.


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Title: Lolita
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher:
Vintage International
Publishing Date: June 1997
No. of Pages: 309

Synopsis: “Awe and exhilaration – along with heartbreak and mordant wit – abound in Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Most of all, it is a meditation on love – love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.


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Title: Within a Budding Grove
Author: Marcel Proust
Translator: K. Scott Moncrieff
Publisher:
Vintage
Publishing Date: February 1970
No. of Pages: 386

Synopsis: “First published in 1919, Within a Budding Grove was awarded the Prix Goncourt, bringing the author immediate fame. In this second volume of Remembrance of Things Past, the narrator turns from the childhood reminiscences of Swann’s Way to memories of his adolescence. Having gradually become indifferent to Swann’s daughter Gilberte, the narrator visits the seaside resort of Balbec with his grandmother and meets a new object of attention—Albertine, “a girl with brilliant, laughing eyes and plump, matt cheeks.” (Source: Goodreads)


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Title: The Guermantes Way
Author: Marcel Proust
Translator: K. Scott Moncrieff
Publisher:
Vintage
Publishing Date: February 1970
No. of Pages: 425

Synopsis: “Marcel becomes obsessed with the Duchesse de Guermantes, who does not reciprocate his interest. With unmatched powers of observation, the author vividly describes the struggles for political, social and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners.” (Source: Goodreads)


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Title: Cities of the Plain
Author: Marcel Proust
Translator: K. Scott Moncrieff
Publisher:
Vintage
Publishing Date: February 1970
No. of Pages: 378

Synopsis: Sodom and Gomorrah opens a new phase of In Search of Lost Time. While watching the pollination of the Duchess de Guer-mantes’s orchid, the narrator secretly observes a sexual encounter between two men. “Flower and plant have no conscious will,” Samuel Beckett wrote of Proust’s representation of sexuality. “They are shameless, exposing their genitals. And so in a sense are Proust’s men and women . . . shameless. There is no question of right and wrong.” (Source: Goodreads)

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Title: The Sweet Cheat Gone
Author: Marcel Proust
Translator: K. Scott Moncrieff
Publisher:
Vintage
Publishing Date: February 1970
No. of Pages: 196

Synopsis: “In the sixth volume of the series fitting seems that Proust’s past actions conclude with a fair resolution. The captive is now the fugitive. Like in previous volumes, envy and distrusts eventually reveals unsuspected and unwanted revelations that leads Proust to reconcile himself with his melancholy. But unfortunately happiness still running away for him, and the marriage of his once good friends face him against his own misery which he tries to cover with indifference.” (Source: Goodreads)


So now I have six of the seven books in Marcel Proust’s seminal series, Remembrance of Things Past, or also referred to as In Search of Lost Time. The only book missing from the series is the fifth book, The Prisoner, or also The Captive. I hope I have some bookseller friends who have a copy of the book because I’ve been longing to start my journey on this series.

How about you fellow readers? What books were you able to purchase in February? I hope you’ll enjoy them and the journey ahead. Happy March reading month everyone!