Archive for April, 2012

The Virgin Suicides

Added on April 28, 2012

The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, U.S.A. 1993 The first chapter of The Virgin Suicides was originally published in the Paris Review and won the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. Now considered a cult classic, this novel was written from the perspective of a group of boys who became infatuated with the [...]

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Mont Blanc Starwalker Ballpoint Pen Rubber/Platinum

Added on April 23, 2012

Mont Blanc Starwalker Rubber/Platinum Ballpoint Pen This pen is part of Mont Blanc’s Starwalker line of fine ballpoint pens. The Starwalker line is noted by the floating star — the Mont Blanc star emblem appears to be floating in a clear dome top. This is one of the most popular of the Starwalker line. It [...]

Oscar and Lucinda

Added on April 17, 2012

Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 1988 Peter carey won his first Booker Prize with this epic novel. It also won the Australian Miles Franklin Award and several regional awards. It was made into a major motion picture in 1997. It was included in the 1999 Callil/Toibin publication The 200 Best [...]

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The Stone Raft

Added on April 11, 2012

The Stone Raft Jose Saramago Harcourt, Brace and Company, U.S.A. 1995 This fantastic story, wherein the Iberian Peninsula breaks free from the mainland and sails away, took eight years to come out in English translation, the longest time of any of Saramago’s books. It was only once┬áBlindness came out, three years after The Stone Raft, [...]

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The Big Why

Added on April 4, 2012

The Big Why Michael Winter House of Anansi Press, Canada, 2004 The Big Why is Michael Winter’s second novel. It was shortlisted for the Trillium Award and the Thomas Head Raddall Award, and it was longlisted for the IMPAC Award. His debut novel This All Happened won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In 2008, [...]

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