Archive for January, 2012

Larry’s Party

Added on January 27, 2012

Larry’s Party Carol Shields Random House, Canada, 1997 This great novel came out three years after Shields’ incredibly successful The Stone Diaries, which won the Governor General’s Award for fiction in Canada and the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the U.S. The San Diego Tribune said, The Stone Diaries is [...]

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Baltasar and Blimunda

Added on January 22, 2012

Baltasar and Blimunda Jose Saramago Harcourt Brace, U.S. 1987 Baltasar and Blimunda is set in Mafra, Portugal during the construction of the Convent of Mafra. It was the era of the Inquisition. Several historical characters are woven into the story, such as Domenico Scarlatti and aviation pioneer Father Bartholomeu de Gusmao. This novel received very [...]

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Amulet — ARC

Added on January 16, 2012

Amulet — ARC Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2006 Here is an advance review copy of Amulet, Bolano’s first short novel to come out in English after his epic masterpiece The Savage Detectives. It was originally published in Spain in 1999. The main character of Amulet appeared first in The Savage Detectives. From the [...]

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Added on January 12, 2012

Ultramarine Malcolm Lowry Jonathan Cape, U.K. 1963 Malcolm Lowry finished revising this novel just before his death in 1957. In a recent post I featured the 1962 U.S. true first revised edition put out by J.B. Lippincott. Ultramarine was originally published by Jonathan Cape in 1933, and true first editions today on AbeBooks are scarce.A year ago [...]

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Added on January 10, 2012

Ultramarine Malcolm Lowry J. B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1962 Malcolm Lowry wrote Ultramarine when he was still an undergraduate student at Cambridge. It was first published by Jonathan Cape in England in 1933. Lowry was still revising this book just before his death in 1957, and it was published in the U.S. for the first time [...]

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The Savage Detectives — ARC

Added on January 4, 2012

The Savage Detectives — ARC + reading copy Roberto Bolano Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2007 Since I posted the British first edition on New Year’s Eve, I thought, for comparison’s sake, I would hurry up and showcase the U.S. edition — in this case, an advance readers copy and an 8th printing paperback. [...]

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