Tag: advance readers

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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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 Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Added on March 3, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Riverhead Press, New York, 2007 This stellar debut novel appeared on thirty-five best of the year book lists, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize and the Dayton Peace Prize. Time Magazine and New York Magazine [...]

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The Insufferable Gaucho

Added on February 25, 2015

The Insufferable Gaucho Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2010 Scholars will be studying Bolano’s work far into the future — it is that revolutionary. Jim, the first story from this collection, at a mere two and a half pages, is transcendent. The essay Illness + Literature = Illness gives readers an insight into how [...]

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Diary of a Bad Year – ARC

Added on October 28, 2014

Diary of a Bad Year – Advance Readers Copy J.M. Coetzee Text, Australia, 2007 This brilliant book combines essays on a wide range of topics with diary entries about the relationship the aging essayist develops with his young typist. The essays, written by Coetzee’s protagonist, Señor C, are for a fictional publication entitled Strong Opinions. The essays [...]

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The Lighthouse

Added on August 16, 2014

The Lighthouse Alison Moore Salt Publishing, Cromer, U.K. 2012 The Lighthouse by Alison Moore is one of my favourite novels of 2012. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and for the National Book Award for New Writer of the Year. It won the 2013 McKitterick Prize. Here are a couple of great reviews with [...]

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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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The Red House

Added on April 14, 2013

The Red House Mark Haddon Jonathan Cape, London, 2012 This is the advance readers edition of Mark Haddon’s most recent novel. These proof copies are sent to reviewers and book stores prior to the release of the true first editions. For a number of reasons, there are many collectors of these uncorrected proofs. Uncorrected proofs [...]

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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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Amulet — ARC

Added on January 16, 2012

Amulet — ARC Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2006 Here is an advance review copy of Amulet, Bolano’s first short novel to come out in English after his epic masterpiece The Savage Detectives. It was originally published in Spain in 1999. The main character of Amulet appeared first in The Savage Detectives. From the [...]

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