A string of slim volumes from the boulevard, the shelves, and Honto:
Brucker, Giovanni and Lusanna- Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence
- a history, disentangled from a notary's dry records, of a widow suing the man who married her in secret and then denied it to marry someone richer.
Carrison & Chhean, Cambodian Folk Stories from the Gatiloke
- Cambodian Buddhist tales with occasional very unmoral endings. 'Oh but in Buddhism you never get away with anything, it all comes back to you in your next life'. Small consolation for defrauded relatives and shopkeepers.
Lin, Famous Chinese Short Stories
- retold for westerners with happi endo where I suspect there was none. Not sure if traditional Chinese thought agrees with Lin Yutang's dismissal of the hero of The Western Chamber as 'in American terms, a heel' but they should. Just as Giovanni up there is a heel too. And finally I have a Chinese mainland book for the book challenge.
Ima Ichiko, Phantom Moon Tower 4.
- old friends from far away. Obscure as ever, but perversely satisfying. Chewy summer reading.
Shall continue on with Four Roads Cross, also satisfying and not to be rushed.
Latest 100 Demons finally showed up today, so I don't have to reorder it.
And maybe will get to Last First Snow and reread Full Fathom Five now I have the in-between parts filled in.