Archive for February, 2012

Value Versus Rarity

Added on February 20, 2012

Value Versus Rarity People’s perception of what is valuable often has more impact on price than actual rarity. The dictionary definition of rare, in the case of collecting, is “not found in large numbers and, therefore, of interest and value.” In other words, the less of something, the more rare. So, it interests me no [...]

The Stranger’s Child

Added on February 17, 2012

The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst Picador, U.K. 2011 This is another brilliant work of fiction by Hollinghurst, who won the Booker Prize for his previous novel The Line of Beauty. The Stranger’s Child is written in five novella length sections which focus  on the life and evolving history of a famous gay World War 1 poet. [...]

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The Matter With Morris

Added on February 6, 2012

The Matter With Morris David Bergen HarperCollins, Canada, 2010 It takes a rare talent like Bergen’s to write a book about mourning and loss and still have it come across as optimistic. The Matter With Morris is Bergen’s sixth and, perhaps, his most accomplished novel to date. Steve Hayward says in his Globe and Mail [...]

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