Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Translated by William Aaltonen)

This book review is more of Metamorphosis Kafka Analysis. If you're already an adult, you might reflect easier with this book because of your long experiences in life (do you?). Or if you're a student looking for an answers for your literature analysis work given to you by your teacher, you might find this post a good guide with your research (please don't forget to note my site as your reference).



The Metamorphosis Book Details:


Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Front Cover
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Front Cover
Title: Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung)
Author:
Original Language: German
Translated to: English
Translated by: William Aaltonen
ISBN: 9781848372023
Genre: Novella, Absurdist Fiction
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited
Edition Published: 2008
Originally Published: 1915
Format: Hardcover
Page: 128

Metamorphosis Characters:
- Gregor Samsa (siblings)
- Grete Samsa (siblings)
- Mr. Samsa (father)
- Mrs. Samsa (mother)




Just a reminder, if this is your first time to read Metamorphosis, skip Mr. Aaltonen's Introduction because it will spoil some part of the story and you may not understand what he's discussing about. I recommend you read it last.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Hunt Adventure October 2014

I don't usually post something about how i buy books because it's a buy & sell technique, a secret. Also, Literateknolohitura site is not primarily an online book store. This site is a book review site. If you want to buy books, kindly LIKE our Facebook page at Literateknolohitura - Book Collections & Reviews.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

I've been wanting to buy this book for so long because I'm so intrigued about its popularity and any of Haruki Murakami titles. So, I first bought my first Haruki Murakami book - Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage. For more details, see below:



Book Details:
  • Title: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  • Original Japanese Title: 色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年 | Shikisai o motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi
  • Author:
  • Translated in English by: Philip Gabriel
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780385352109
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Published Date:
  • Media Type: Hardcover
  • Genre: Literary Realism, Bildungsroman
  • Suitable to Age: 18+

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage (view it from Otakore's Instagram)



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Review: Adultery by Paulo Coelho (Signed Copy)

This is my first Paulo Coelho book that I've read and fortunately i got the signed copy! A rare one. I bought it without a second thought at Barnes&Noble the time they listed a signed copy there. As I've heard, Paulo Coelho is a good novelist, known for his novel titled The Alchemist. So, I'm expecting a worth-reading story here.

The sale of signed Adultery book by Paulo Coelho was listed at Barnes&Noble back June 2014. It was shipped August 19, 2014 and arrived here in the Philippines, my home, on September 04, 2014 (see my Instagram post here).

For more details, see below:

Book Details:

  • Title: Adultery (Signed Book)
  • Author:
  • Translated by: from Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa & Zoë Perry
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Genre: Metaphysical
  • Rarity: Autographed / Signed
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781101874615
  • Store: Barnes&Noble
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date:
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)
  • Other Remarks: Deckle Edge
  • Target Audience: 18+





Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guide to Grading Book Condition

Here are the following terminologies on grading your book condition, as proposed by AB Bookman's Weekly back in 1949 1:
  • As New a. k. a. Mint - literally the book is still in "brand new" condition. May be still sealed in plastic or without it. No wears, folds, stamp and any other defects. 
  • Fine - secondary to mint condition, sign of a very little wear on the book's jacket or the book itself in a sense that the grader will consider the book as still in fine & looks new condition.
  • Very Good - a little wear on the book's jacket or the book itself
  • Good - worn book but all pages are still complete . The wears, folds, dirt & any defects may be noticeable.
  • Fair - worn book. The wears, folds, dirt & any defects are noticeable. Or if there's no wears, folds, dirt & any defects but the jacket is missing, consider grade it as fair condition.
  • Poor - "don't judge the book by its cover" 4. The wears, folds, dirt & any defects are noticeable. Worst than that, page(s) may be missing and cover was scratched out


Reference:
  • 1 AB Bookman Grading Scale - http://hughhollowell.org/the-original-ab-bookman-grading-scale-1949/
  • 2 List of User Book Conditions - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_used_book_conditions
  • 3 AB Bookman Weekly - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AB_Bookman%27s_Weekly
  • 4 Don't Judge a Book by its Cover quote - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_judge_a_book_by_its_cover
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