Archive for April, 2014

2666 — ARC

Added on April 29, 2014

2666 — ARC Roberto Bolano Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2008 Any of you who are regular readers of my posts know that I have a slight (okay, maybe more than slight), obsession with the works of Roberto Bolano. They’ll also know that Bolano died tragically young after a long illness, and they might [...]

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Down at the Dinghy

Added on April 28, 2014

Down at the Dinghy J.D. Salinger Bantam, New York, 1953 Down at the Dinghy first came out in Harper’s magazine in April, 1949. Copies of this magazine are hard to find, much harder than any of Salinger’s New Yorker stories, but there is one for sale on-line today in fair condition for $325. Harper’s magazines [...]

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The General in His Labyrinth

Added on April 17, 2014

The General in His Labyrinth Gabriel Garcia Marquez Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990 The General in His Labyrinth is a fictionalized historical account of Colombian General Simon Bolivar in the last few days of his life. It created quite a stir in Latin America when it was first published. Marquez’ Bolivar is not the [...]

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Amsterdam

Added on April 16, 2014

Amsterdam Ian McEwan Alfred A. Knopf, Canada, 1998 Amsterdam was published simultaneously in Canada and England, making this stated Canadian first printing a true first edition. But while unsigned Canadian firsts top out at about $55, U.K. examples go for as high as $125. For a fine signed copy of either edition, however, you would [...]

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The Line of Beauty

Added on April 5, 2014

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst Bloomsbury, U.S.A. 2004 The Line of Beauty won the 2004 Booker Prize. The novel takes place during the Thatcher administration of the 1980′s and explores themes like homosexuality, hypocrisy, and the developing AIDS crisis. The BBC made The Line of Beauty into a three-part miniseries in 2006. The Booker [...]

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