Archive for December, 2012

The Chemistry of Tears

Added on December 24, 2012

The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey Faber and Faber, London, 2012 Peter Carey is one of my favourite writers, and The Chemistry of Tears is another wonderful addition to his work. A grieving lover who cannot divulge her grief, an antique automaton, the story of a man and a woman brought together across history — [...]

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Rat Jelly & Other Poems 1963-78

Added on December 18, 2012

Rat Jelly & Other Poems 1963-78 Michael Ondaatje Marion Boyars, U.K. 1980 Rat Jelly was a book of poetry originally published by Coach House Press in Toronto in 1973. In 1979, McClelland and Stewart out of Toronto and WW Norton out of New York published There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do: [...]

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By Night In Chile

Added on December 17, 2012

Roberto Bolano By Night in Chile The Harvill Press, U.K. 2003 This book is very intriguing to me. To start off with a slight aside, like many serious book collectors, I do not understand why advance readers copies are not more valuable than they usually are. Also called uncorrected proofs, or advance review copies, these [...]

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For Esme — With Love and Squalor

Added on December 9, 2012

For Esme — With Love and Squalor J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, April 8, 1950 Here is one the most — if not the most — rare of the Salinger New Yorkers. It is certainly one of his most popular stories. Within two weeks of the publication of For Esme — With Love [...]

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