Archive for December, 2010

For Whom the Bell Tolls (F.E.L.)

Added on December 30, 2010

For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway First Edition Library, U.S.A. 1968 The First Edition Library puts out beautiful exact replicas of modern classics. There are two versions of this edition that were published simultaneously: one with a matching slipcase and one without. This is the version without the slipcase. Interestingly, the copies that did [...]

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My Life as a Fake

Added on December 27, 2010

My Life as a Fake Peter Carey Knopf, Australia, 2003 According to Wikipedia, this novel is loosely based on the 1943 Australian Ern Malley hoax in which two poets invented a fictitious poet and submitted poetry under the name of Ern Malley to Angry Penguins magazine. The young editor of the magazine thought he had [...]

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Bad News

Added on December 24, 2010

Bad News Edward St. Aubyn Mandarin, London, 1994 Bad News is the first part of a trilogy by St. Aubyn. The three stories were originally published separately, and later the complete trilogy was published under the title The Patrick Melrose Trilogy. Later still, the U.S. edition of the trilogy was renamed Some Hope. It gets even more [...]

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Divisadero

Added on December 21, 2010

Divisadero Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2007 Ondaatje’s newest novel is another brilliant work of art. Divisadero won the Governor General’s Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Booklist gave it a starred review. Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri calls it Ondaatje’s finest work to date and goes on to say, [...]

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A Spot of Bother

Added on December 13, 2010

A Spot of Bother Mark Haddon Jonathan Cape, London, 2006 This is a great second novel by Haddon, best known for his debut The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which I have written about in two earlier posts. A Spot of Bother was shortlisted for the Costa Award (previously known as the [...]

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In the Skin of the Lion

Added on December 7, 2010

In the Skin of the Lion Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1987 In the Skin of the Lion is a story of the immigrants who build the city of Toronto and were subsequently written out of its history. www.contemporarywriters.com calls In the Skin of a Lion “… a profound exploration of the migrant condition.” [...]

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Flesh and Blood

Added on December 4, 2010

Flesh and Blood Michael Cunningham Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 1995 This epic novel follows a Greek family through four generations. Of this second novel by Cunningham, Publishers Weekly says, “…his prose is again rich, graceful and luminous, and he exhibits a remarkable maturity of vision and understanding of the human condition. The Library [...]

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