A Practical question on Poetry

#1 May 24th, 2011, 23:34
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If I intended to read a lot of poetry when away, Rimbaud Baudelaire Byron etc and so forth, had I best pack these before I head off, or could I more practically pick them up individually as I drift from one urban mecca to the next?
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I like poetry and my opinion is pick them up individually.
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How about buying a kindle and load it with all the books you want to read?
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the kindle seems to solve the issue, but it does forsake in it's modern encasement the timeless romance of a beaten up old paperback. plus i'd likely loose it/smash it/drown it.
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Originally Posted by heaf00 View Post the kindle... does forsake in it's modern encasement the timeless romance of a beaten up old paperback.
Yup, point taken.

I think you will have no problem picking up whatever you long for on the way. You might have to age those new copies though before reading.
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Originally Posted by heaf00 View Post ... Rimbaud Baudelaire Byron etc and so forth...
Just to whet your appetite - (I experimented by putting Byron in the search and found a few options)
Penguin India

You could certainly pick up books as you travel. We often saw people selling books on the street, both new and used. Get what you want when you hit cities and ditch the books later so you don't have to carry around extra baggage, though I know it's tough to give up books.

We in fact did find several paperbacks left behind in hotel bedside tables - we took them with us to read as we moved on...

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Yep; not just Penguin, but many renowned publishers maintain Indian divisions (and then not to mention the numerous excellent Indian ones). It's a great big English-language market. (The Penguin "Classics" series itself goes for a few hundred Rupees a piece over there, brand-new. Keep an eye out for the excellent Indian Rupa publishers, btw.)

So while you can't count on always finding tome X by your favorite author Z, it can be a great place to scout around for various classics, often at a real bargain, too.

Now get ready for many a bookstore seemingly having no order whatsoever. Full afternoons may be well-spent
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wow thanks for such illuminating responses. that was my first post and any misgivings I may have had from 'taking the plunge' were evidently misguided, instantly I can feel the bond of common ground and the warm hug of comradery. guess i'll have to spend the interim months between post and departure ruffling those page corners...
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Quite easily available at the various meccas. In fact, if you were to indicate (big) cities on your route, people here would recommend bookstores. Metros are better stocked.

Personally, I would pick up individually for another reason- I never know what I want to read next. As one cow said to another, depends on the moooood.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Yep; not just Penguin...
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Originally Posted by heaf00 View Post wow thanks for such illuminating responses. that was my first post and any misgivings I may have had from 'taking the plunge' were evidently misguided, instantly I can feel the bond of common ground and the warm hug of comradery. guess i'll have to spend the interim months between post and departure ruffling those page corners...
@machadinha - Great to see you around again, mach. We've been away a bit ourselves and were pleased when we saw you here.

@heaf00 - Yes, there is indeed camaraderie around here. Welcome to IndiaMike!

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