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The Taunt of MPH.

Last night was the final session in my creative writing course in MPH 1Utama. Before the session started I browsed the fiction shelves, and I was surprised to find Murakami's "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" already available. And I, of course, didn't bring enough cash to buy the book!

A bit disappointed though. It's in trade paperback format, and that's a bit big to read on the LRT (but still possible). Hmmm.

Anyways, going back again tomorrow to pick it up, and perhaps a few other books too, like Paul Theroux's "Great Railway Bazaar" and Orhan Pamuk's "Istanbul". (Yes, I'm very much in a travel writing phase.)


  1. Wow, great to know that I've a pal who likes travel writing...

    I went to B B S warehouse sale for a fourth time (it'll be extended till 6th AUG) and you won't believe I got Mid-Life Confidential (Hodder & Stoughton) in hard cover for rm3 only. It's a collection of work by Dave Barry, Dave Marsh, Amy Tan, Stephen King, Tabitha King etc

    I love travel writing by Pico Iyer, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, Don George, Anne Lammott and those writing for Traveller's Tales series(but quite costly...each above rm60)

    Hey, you got any good books on travel writing, can share comments here.

  2. For RM3?!? Wow! What a find... that truly was lucky! I'm envious.

    I'm embarassed to admit that I've barely begun to dip my toes into travel writing... I've read some Bill Brysons, and even then, msotly his non-travel works. Other than that not much really.

    I'm not sure what sparked off this travel writing phase I'm beginning, but I think it was a VS Naipaul excerpt from Among the Believers. I've just bought Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia and I'll be starting that after I'm done with my current three-book reading list. Sorry I can't recommend any yet, I'm still so new in this genre! :D I shall try the authors you have recommended though.

    BTW, you may be interested to know that Kinokuniya will be having a 20% discount promotion on travelogues this August when you buy another book. Shall post more about this later.


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