24 December 2011

On My Wishlist #3

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City where bloggers can spotlight the top books on their wishlist each week.  

Oooooh it's close now - Christmas!!! I never (sad face) get books for Christmas, because no one ever knows what to buy me (despite my bulging Amazon wishlist).

Here are three that I am hoping will come my way - otherwise I may just buy them myself, ha!:

Blood River by Tim Butcher

Published: 3 July 2007 by Chatto and Windus

Pages: 272 (hardcover)

Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000. Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley’s original expedition — but travelling alone.

Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial-era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo’s eastern border. He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule. Almost, 2,500 harrowing miles later, he reached the Atlantic Ocean, a thinner and a wiser man.

I've heard so many good things about this book from so many people - and I love a bit of travel/adventure - mainly because I'd never have the guts to do it myself, this is the closest I get!

Lost in Translation by Charlie Croker

Published: 5 October 2006 by Michael O'Mara Books

Pages: 176 (hardcover)

In today's world - characterized by globalization, mass communication, cheap air travel and abundant Chinese takeaways - surely no self-respecting English-language enthusiast could have failed to notice the frequent and flagrant abuse of our native tongue by pesky foreigners? Forgetting, for a moment, the fact that many nations speak our language better than we do, and that most people's grasp, say, of Dutch, amounts to jabbing the "Lonely Planet" guidebook's picture of the Van Gogh Museum and saying 'Where?' loudly (and in English), it is nevertheless true to say that unintentional mistranslation is often hilarious. "Lost in Translation" features hundreds of genuine, original and utterly ridiculous examples of these experiments in linguistic expression, gathered from around the globe by the author and his intrepid team of researchers. Published in an attractive, gift-book format, "Lost in Translation" runs the gamut from hotel signs to baffling advertisements (such as the German beauty product offering a 'Cream shower for pretentious skin'), with all manner international meaning-mangling in between.

Living in a 'dinglish' country, I'm fascinated and amused by the abuse of the English language that happens completely unintentionally. And I can laugh because I abuse Dutch all the time :-D

The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Earley

Published: 1992

Pages: 464 (paperback)

An account of life in Leavenworth Prison, based on interviews with inmates and others, describes the lives of a sexual predator, a gang member in for forty-two years, a sociopath in ""no human contact"" status, and others.

I have so many books like this one in my TBR or on my wishlist. But again, it's fascination!

So what's on your wishlist this week - maybe something a little more cheery than mine?!

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