Archive for July, 2012

The Moor’s Last Sigh

Added on July 31, 2012

The Moor’s Last Sigh Salman Rushdie Alfred A. Knopf, Canada, 1995 The Moor’s Last Sigh won the 1995 Whitbread Award. It was Time Magazine’s Best Book of the Year. The story covers several generations of a dysfunctional Indian family and is said to be a representation of the history of 20th century India. The protagonist, [...]

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Vernon God Little

Added on July 23, 2012

Vernon Good Little DBC Pierre Canongate, U.S.A. 2003 This scathing satire on American culture and, in particular, the American media, came from out of nowhere to win the 2003 Booker Prize. It also won the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction. To say that it received mixed reviews would be an understatement, as reviewers [...]

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J.D. Salinger

Added on July 18, 2012

J.D. Salinger J.D. Salinger Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1982 This is a rare pirated collection of all of Salinger’s stories that were published in book format, except The Catcher in the Rye. Progress Publishing of Moscow produced this book for Russian English literature classes. It is written in English, with a Russian introduction and a glossary [...]

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Carry Me Down

Added on July 10, 2012

Carry Me Down M.J. Hyland Canongate, U.K. 2006 When J.M. Coetzee writes your glowing dust jacket review, you know you have something special. And sure enough this is writing of the highest order. Carry Me Down is Hyland’s second novel. It was shortlisted for the 2006 Booker Prize and the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. It [...]

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1Q84

Added on July 5, 2012

1Q84 Haruki Murakami Bond Street Books, Canada, 2011 This latest three part novel my Haruki Murakami has an interesting publishing history. Books one and two came out in Japan and sold over a million copies in the first month. One year later, Murakami released book three. In English, the first two parts were published in [...]

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