Tag: novel

True History of the Kelly Gang

Added on January 15, 2015

True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang, despite its title, is a fictionalized account of the life of infamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly. It won the Booker Prize, making Carey one of only two writers to win the prize twice. It also [...]

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Summertime

Added on December 30, 2014

Summertime J.M. Coetzee Harvill Secker, London, 2009 Summertime is the third in a series of fictionalized memoirs by Coetzee. The first two are Boyhood and Youth. These three books show Coetzee at his best; pushing the boundaries of literature and really getting to the core of what it is to be human. I bought this [...]

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Necessary Errors

Added on December 22, 2014

Necessary Errors Caleb Crain Penguin, New York, 2013 Necessary Errors is Crain’s first work of fiction. It is set in Prague one year after Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution. A young, gay Harvard graduate navigates a city undergoing a unique moment in cultural history. Having just come out in America, he feels uncomfortable, at first, opening up [...]

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The Snow Queen

Added on December 4, 2014

The Snow Queen Michael Cunningham Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2014 The Snow Queen is perhaps Michael Cunningham’s most original and emotional book to date. It takes its title from the Hans Christian Anderson fable of the same name. It delves into the complex dynamic of a married couple and a brother living and [...]

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On The Road – The Original Scroll

Added on November 23, 2014

On The Road – The Original Scroll Jack Kerouac Viking, U.S.A. 2007 For the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of On The Road, Viking put out this Original Scroll edition. This 2007 edition was the first time the controversial, unedited, and uncensored original manuscript was published. In 1951, Kerouac, reportedly on a constant amphetamine high, wrote [...]

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How the Light Gets In — true first

Added on October 19, 2014

How the Light Gets In — true first M.J. Hyland Penguin, Australia, 2003 This paperback is the very rare true first edition of Hyland’s incredible debut novel. I had been looking on-line for a copy of this edition for years. The price for this copy was reasonable, probably because it is a basic Penguin trade [...]

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Mr. Sammler’s Planet

Added on October 9, 2014

Mr. Sammler’s Planet Saul Bellow The Viking Press, New York, 1970 Saul Bellow won the 1971 National Book Award for Mr. Sammler’s Planet. Mr. Sammler is a holocaust survivor, a university lecturer, and a self-defined ‘registrar of madness.’ He is a man who feels that the greater luxury of the post-war years is not making [...]

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Out Stealing Horses

Added on September 28, 2014

Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson Harvill Press, U.K. 2005 I bought this fourth printing as a reading copy from a local independent bookstore. When I got home  to check on-line, however, I saw that there were no first printings available. As a matter of fact, the lowest print number I could find was 4. Since early [...]

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The Sea

Added on September 15, 2014

The Sea John Banville Picador, London, 2005 The Sea is my favourite of John Banville’s many novels. After getting the shortlist down to just two novels, Banville’s The Sea won the 2005 Booker Prize against Kazuo Ishiguru’s Never Let Me Go. The only other time Banville made it to the Booker Prize shortlist was for [...]

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He Wants

Added on September 3, 2014

He Wants Alison Moore Salt Publishing, Norfolk, UK, 2014 He Wants is Alison Moore’s second novel, following her brilliant Booker shortlisted The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is certainly a hard act to follow, but Moore’s He Wants is another remarkable achievement. In keeping with the title, each of the chapter headings signify something the characters either [...]

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