I can usually procure some items along the way, but the few books about Go available in my country cost too much1 and I cannot afford international shipping fees for multiple individual titles. Buying in bulk makes more sense.2
Today I received my first order from Kiseido:
- Kageyama's Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go;
- Davies' Life and Death;
- Ishida & Davies' Attack and Defense;
- Bozulich's 1001 Life and Death Problems;
- Aoki & Sato's GGPFDP Volume One: 300 Life and Death Problems;
- Aoki & Sato's GGPFDP Volume Two: 300 Tesuji Problems.
I am mostly following Justin Teng’s Personal Book Collection and Guide and I have the material I will need up to 1k—I already had Otake’s Opening Theory Made Easy, Shuko’s Reducing Territorial Frameworks and Bozulich’s Get Strong at the Endgame.
Of course, I know I will not get anywhere without both practice and the proper mindset, but the former I can work on and sensei Kageyama provided guidance about the latter (and the overall learning methodology) in his book:
No doubt the first requirement for becoming strong at Go is to like it, like it more than food or drink, and a second requirement is the desire to learn. A third requirement is to study it, using proper methods, patiently, little by little, without cramming. Ask dan-level amateurs and you will find that they did not become stronger just by playing their opponents for fun. Each one kindled the desire to learn more, and put in no small amount of time studying. Each one will have a few tales of hardship along the way to tell. Rome was not built in a day. It may not take years of devoted study to the exclusion of all else, but it does take effort piled upon effort to became strong at Go. The only ones who fall by the wayside are those, be they gifted or otherwise, who forget the word “effort”.
Before I conclude, it would be remiss of me not to add that doing business Kiseido was a very satisfying experience.3 Not only Mr. Bozulich is a pleasure to interact with, but everything was done very efficiently. And unlike it usually happens,
- The books were not retained in Customs for up to two months;
- Our Glorious Postal Systemtm did not ask for extra R$ 15.00 to deliver them for their being imported;
- It did not take a few extra weeks for them to arrive.
All that might be due to a combination of many fortuitous circumstances, but, say what you will, my grandkids will hear about the time when a bureaucrat somewhere in Brazil was processing a delivery and figured that matters would be taken to the goban if everything did not run smoothly.
My books are here, I played Go this morning and I will see my girlfriend later. Today is a happy day.
1 For comparison: Attack and Defense costs U$ 41.50 on Amazon BR, while I got it from Kiseido for U$ 20.00 (with a 10% discount and free shipping for ordering more than four books).
2 Not to mention that buying in bulk reduces the risk of spending the money on other things in the meantime:
When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.
3 By the way, I have no ties to Kiseido, I am not someone’s cousin or anything, I am just genuinely pleased.