Archive for October, 2010

Diary of a Bad Year

Added on October 27, 2010

Diary of a Bad Year J.M. Coetzee Text Publishing, Australia, 2007 Coetzee allowed the small Australian publishing house, Text, to put out the true first printing of this cerebral masterpiece, although the British first edition came out just 3 days later. Two and then three narratives running simultaneously, this novel can be read in a [...]

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Small Island

Added on October 24, 2010

Small Island Andrea Levy Headline Book Publishing, London, 2004 Small Island is the story of Jamaican immigrants in post WWII England; immigrants who fought for England in the war and had inflated expectations about their reception in the mother country. Rather than a warm embrace, they dealt with near constant racism, both overt and covert. [...]

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War Trash

Added on October 16, 2010

War Trash Ha Jin Pantheon Books, New York, 2004 War Trash is a novel about a Chinese soldier with the People’s Volunteer Army fighting for the Communists in the Korean war. He is captured by United Nations forces and imprisoned as a POW. It is written in the form of a memoir. It is an moving story [...]

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The Inheritance of Loss

Added on October 14, 2010

The Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai Atlantic Monthly Press, U.S. 2006 Kiran Desai, daughter of well-known writer Anita Desai, won many awards for this awesome debut novel, including the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is Indian, but has permanent residency in the United States. Her partner is Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. [...]

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Added on October 10, 2010

Seeing Jose Saramago Harvill Secker, London, 2006 Although it came out nine years after, Seeing is the sequel to Saramago’s 1997 novel Blindness, sharing some characters and taking place in the same unnamed country. In Seeing, most of the population casts blank ballots in the national elections, and the doctor’s wife from Blindness, the only person [...]

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction

Added on October 8, 2010

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction J.D. Salinger Little, Brown and Company, U.S.A. 1963 These two novellas were originally printed in the New Yorker Magazine in 1955 and 1959 respectively. Two of Salinger’s best stories, they both focus on the fictional Glass family member Seymour. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters [...]

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The Blackwater Lightship

Added on October 5, 2010

The Blackwater Lightship Colm Toibin Picador, London, 1999 The Blackwater Lightship is a story of three generations of Irish woman. A gay man suffering from AIDS asks his sister to break the news to their mother and grandmother. The challenge for the sister is that, because of long-term conflicts, she hasn’t spoken to either her [...]

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