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Book and Sevens

August 20th, 2005

Major Tom tagged me with this quiz on Books and Sevens. By coincidence, I was already starting to make an inventory of my book collections when tagged. So,here goes;

What’s in a book?

Written syntheses of the human experience, creativity and imagination.

Number of books on the shelves:

I lost count. I have many books now gathering dust in the shelves of my old room in my parents house. When Bambit and I started a family we keep moving from one house to another so books were not piled in a permanent shelf. Most of the books lined up in the shelves of our new house now are mostly Bambit’s. She has a wide array of literary books and a vast collection of novels.

Those that I own or bought:

Most of the books I owned were given as gifts. Some were bought while others were borrowed and never returned. I collect mostly political books, started collecting when I was in College taking up Political Science. There are also few literary ones and a motley of books and booklets on various interests.

The bulk of my collection are books on Marxism. These are volumes of books written by: (Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxembourg, Mao Tse Tung, Leon Trotsky, Herbert Marcuse, Nguyen Giap, Che Guevara, Antonio Gramsci, John Molyneux, Ernest Mandel, Thomas Borge, Carlos Fonseca, Daniel Ortega, Humberto Ortega, Jaime Wheelock,Duncan Hallas, Leopold Labedz, Amado Guerrero,etc.)

Other Political Books: Among this pile are valued collections – The Prince – Machiavelli; The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley; Dead Aim – Conrado de Quiros; Anatomy of War – Gabriel Kolko; Exposition of the Juche Idea – Kim Jong II; The Green Book – Muammar Al Qathafi; The War of the Fleas – Robert Taber, etc…

I have also some Classics: The Republic of Plato; The Aenid of Virgil; The Illiad of Homer; Sun Tzu’s Art of War

My Literary and novels stack: Pulang Hamtik; Pilgrims – Dahlia Castillejos; Bukal ng Tubig at Apoy – Levy Balgos de la Cruz; Sa Labi ng Iba – Nena B. Gajudo; The Poems of Dylan Thomas; Pablo Neruda Selected Poems: A bilingual Edition; Revolutionary Poems of Pablo Neruda; Bertolt Brecht Poems 1913:1956; Ezra Pound Selected Poems 1906-1969; Salvaged Poems – Emmanuel Lacaba; Kiss of the Spider Woman – Manuel Puig; Diary of a Mad Old Man – Junichiro Tanizaki; The Subterraneans – Jack Kerouac; Dr. Sax – Jack Kerouac; Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes; The Wild Swan – Jung Chang; Life and Death in Shanghai – Nien Cheng; Pauwi – Levy Balgos de la Cruz; The Templar Revelation – Picknett and Prince; The Temple and the Lodge – Baigent and Leigh; Shibumi – Trevanian; Philippine Collegian Literaray Folio; etc…

A selection of books about Mindanao and the Bangsamoro: The Aristocrats of the Malay Race – Nasser Marohomsalic; Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao – Marites Vitug and Glenda Gloria; Bangsamoro Society and Culture – Jamail A. Kamlian; Into the Mountains: Hostaged by the Abu Sayyaf – Jose Torres; A Study of Muslims in the Philippines – Peter G. Gowing; Rebels, Warriors and Ulama – IPD; A Nation Under Endless Tyranny – Salah Jubair; Booklets by Ustadz Hashim Salamat.

And a mixed bag of assorted books: Aikido and the dynamic sphere – Westbrook and Ratti; Simon and Schuster’s Guide to Bonsai; Amnesty International Reports, etc…

Last few books that I bought:

The Political Economy of Permanent Crisis in the Philippines – Walden Bello

Book that I’m reading now:

The Political Economy of Permanent Crisis in the Philippines – Walden Bello

Last few books read:

Life and Death in Shanghai – Nien Cheng; The Templar Revelation – Picknett and Prince; Earthly Powers – Anthony Burgess

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  1. August 22nd, 2005 at 13:41 | #1

    Hi Sam.Thanks for responding. Pretty “heavy collection” here; sort of an intellectual’s guide to the galaxy kinda thing. It’s enviable too.Most of the titles you mentioned here I have already encountered in Ateneo de Zamboanga library, that is why I call that place a “pleasure dome”.

  2. August 24th, 2005 at 21:18 | #2

    whoa, heavy stuff!!!

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    December 28th, 2008 at 08:57 | #3

    kxpsgpatbrubostiwell, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch 😉

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