Archive for November, 2011

The Tin Flute

Added on November 30, 2011

The Tin Flute Gabrielle Roy Reynal and Hitchcock, New York, 1947 Originally written in French and titled Bonheur D’occasion, this 1945 novel is set in Montreal and is seen as having laid the foundation for Quebec’s Quiet Revolution of the 1960′s. The Quiet Revolution was a period of rapid secularization and political change in Quebec. [...]

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De Niro’s Game

Added on November 27, 2011

De Niro’s Game Rawi Hage House of Anansi Press, Canada, 2006 Canadian author Rawi Hage was unable to get this debut novel published by any of the big houses. It was picked up instead by Canada’s small but prestigious House of Anansi Press. It went on to win the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world’s [...]

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Midnight’s Children

Added on November 22, 2011

Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Picador, London, 1981 I bought this Picador paperback several years ago at a yard sale. It was marked at $1. I noticed it was signed and mentioned it to the seller, and she just shrugged her shoulders. She said, “No haggling, then.” This is a second printing of the first paperback [...]

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Lunar Caustic

Added on November 10, 2011

Lunar Caustic Malcolm Lowry Jonathan Cape, London, 1971 An unfinished masterpiece, Lunar Caustic was published posthumously as a novella. Lowry had meant to build it layer by meaningful layer into a novel, which was to be one of a sequence of seven novels that Lowry envisioned called The Voyage That Never Ends. Of course, Lowry [...]

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