The Gathering

Added on June 25, 2016

The Gathering Anne Enright Jonathan Cape, U.K. 2007 This melancholy Irish novel came from the outside to win the 2007 Booker Prize. Sales apparently doubled after the shortlist was announced. As indicated by the lowest number 6 on the number line in the copyright page photo below, this is a sixth printing. The top of [...]

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A Farewell to Arms

Added on June 20, 2016

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Charles Scribner’s Sons, U.S.A. 1957 I bought a couple of these sturdy Hemingway novels at a thrift store a while back as reading copies. They were a dollar a piece. Checking just now on AbeBooks, I see that there were at least three versions of this book put out [...]

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Added on May 17, 2016

Seeing Jose Saramago Harcourt Brace, U.S.A. 2006 Seeing is a sequel to Saramago’s best known novel Blindness. In Seeing, the post-Blindness populace of the same unnamed country cast blank ballots in their parliamentary elections. The government, not knowing how to react, declares a state of emergency. Saramago wrestles with some pretty heavy themes in this book. [...]

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I Refuse

Added on April 26, 2016

I Refuse Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2014 Here is another masterful work by Norwegian author Per Petterson. I Refuse came out to rave reviews. Here are a few: “Petterson’s signature technique lies in drawing the most zigzag line imaginable through narrative chronology but the effect is not of confusion, rather of a dense, layered [...]

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Canadian Poetry Magazine

Added on March 29, 2016

Canadian Poetry Magazine Volume II Numbers 1 and 2 Malcolm Lowry Canadian Authors’ Association, Canada, 1947 These two old magazines both contain poems by Malcolm Lowry. Number 1 has Sestina in a Cantina. Number 2 has Old Freighter in an Old Port, Port Moody, and Indian Arm. These magazines were very cheaply manufactured; mimeographed on [...]

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His Illegal Self

Added on March 7, 2016

His Illegal Self Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2008 His Illegal Self was published simultaneously in Britain, Australia and America. Of note, even though he now lives and teaches in New York, because Carey is Australian, the first edition put out by Random House Australia sells for a little more than the others. The [...]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Added on February 20, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee J.B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1960 This book is one of the gems of my collection. Although this is a first book club edition, it came out at the same time as the true first edition. The value of this book has risen since the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set [...]

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Nora Webster

Added on February 18, 2016

Nora Webster Colm Toibin Scribner, New York, 2014 In his newest work of fiction, Colm Toibin gives us the gift of this beautifully nuanced and layered story of a woman coming to terms with the death of her spouse amid the turmoil of the Catholic struggle for human rights in Ireland. “Nora Webster is an [...]

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The Laughing Man

Added on January 29, 2016

The Laughing Man J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, N.Y. March 19, 1949 The Laughing Man is another Salinger story which appeared first in the New Yorker, then more famously in his collection Nine Stories. This New Yorker is the true first printing of the story; a story within a story about the end of youth. [...]

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Added on December 12, 2015

Snow Orhan Pamuk Knopf, U.S.A. 2004 Snow was Pamuk’s last work of fiction to come out before he won the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature. His previous novel, My Name is Red, won the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The true first English language edition of this book is the British Faber and Faber publication, and [...]

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