Laurence Sterne at archive.org

It is my pleasure to teach Laurence Sterne’s brilliant and incomparable A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (only the early sections) next week, so I looked it up in Archive.org – turns out they do have this 1774 edition of the work, in excellent condition, and I think that is amazing. I will try to update this post after I teach it, next week. Love this passage

 

“It will always follow from hence, that the balance of sentimental commerce is always against the expatriated adventurer: he must buy what he has little occasion for, at their own price;—his conversation will seldom be taken in exchange for theirs without a large discount,—and this, by the by, eternally driving him into the hands of more equitable brokers, for such conversation as he can find, it requires no great spirit of divination to guess at his party—

This brings me to my point; and naturally leads me (if the see-saw of this désobligeant will but let me get on) into the efficient as well as final causes of travelling—

Your idle people that leave their native country, and go abroad for some reason or reasons which may be derived from one of these general causes:—

Infirmity of body,
Imbecility of mind, or
Inevitable necessity.

The first two include all those who travel by land or by water, labouring with pride, curiosity, vanity, or spleen, subdivided and combined ad infinitum.”

Oobmab and other Weirdnesses

So I found a clean version of Oobmab’s “The Flock of Ba-hui” in (GB) Chinese (「巴虺的牧群」2013). The source is a very interesting Fantasy dojinshi and translation discussion forum called “The Ring of Wonder” (which looks completely different in its mobile format btw). There are many other works of HPL-inspired horror available on their Cthulhu board and, interestingly, the “Cthulhu” board is only one of three subforums of “the  Mirror of Obscurity – 幽暗之镜” category–which also includes subforums “Surreal Lullaby: General Subcultures 异夜咏谣” and “SCP Foundation.” A lot of translations from “CopyPasta” and things like Charles Stross’s Lovecraft-inspired SF “The Laundry Files.” Cha has a detailed review of “Flock,” and this site has a brief one.

A Smorgasbord of Chinese E-books (Haodoo.net)

In various formats, via Hao Du (好讀):
沈從文【邊城】
老舍《駱駝祥子》
張愛玲【傳奇】
錢鍾書【圍城】

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Selected Stories, Lu Hsun (1918-1926)

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Contents

  1. [Note from dust jacket]
  2. Preface to “Call to Arms” [1922]
  3. A Madman’s Diary
  4. Kung I-chi
  5. Medicine
  6. Tomorrow
  7. An Incident
  8. Storm in a Teacup
  9. My Old Home
  10. The True Story of Ah Q
  11. Village Opera
  12. The New Year’s Sacrifice
  13. In the Wine Shop
  14. A Happy Family
  15. Soap
  16. The Misanthrope
  17. Regret for the Past
  18. The Divorce
  19. The Flight to the Moon
  20. Forging the Sword

Selected Stories, Lu Hsun (1918-1926)