Tag: novel

Coming Through Slaughter

Added on March 17, 2014

Coming Through Slaughter Michael Ondaatje House of Anansi Press, Canada, 1976 Here we have a near fine, signed, first paperback edition of Canadian author Michael Ondaatje’s haunting prose poem, loosely based on the life of jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden. The only condition issues are slight bumping to the corners and very minor edge creasing and [...]

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The Orenda

Added on March 9, 2014

The Orenda Joseph Boyden Hamish Hamilton, Canada, 2013 Boyden’s newest novel is the story of the early 17th century French conquest of Canada from the viewpoint of both the conquerors and the conquered — an historical epic about a French missionary caught between warring Native tribes. It is a violent and visceral story of war [...]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Added on February 23, 2014

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 copy is hard to assess. There are no signed or unsigned [...]

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The Casual Vacancy

Added on February 14, 2014

The Casual Vacancy J.K. Rowling Little, Brown, London, 2012 The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel and her first book published since she finished the Harry Potter series in 2007. Just after this novel was released, Rowling released a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, called The Cuckoo’s Calling. The Casual Vacancy [...]

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Added on February 6, 2014

Suspension Robert Westfield Harper Perennial, U.S.A. 2006 This excellent gay first novel is set in New York City around the 9/11 attacks, and won the 2006 Lambda Literary Prize for both debut fiction and general fiction. I bought two of these brand new, signed, true first editions at an independent book store while visiting New [...]

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The Power and the Glory

Added on January 24, 2014

The Power and the Glory Graham Greene Vanguard Library, U.K. 1952 Many consider The Power and the Glory to be Graham Greene’s masterpiece. John Updike claimed as much in his introduction to a 1991 reprint. The Catholic Church, however, was none too pleased with Greene’s depiction of the priesthood and demanded he make changes to [...]

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Added on January 10, 2014

Slowness Milan Kundera Harper Collins, New York, 1996 Milan Kundera wrote his first five novels in Czech. For political reasons, he moved to France in 1975 and was stripped of his Czech citizenship in 1979. From 1985 to 1987, he translated all of his early works into French. Slowness, dubbed his lightest novel, was also [...]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Added on December 27, 2013

For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia, 1940 This book takes it title from John Donne’s Meditation No. 18, written in 1624. For Whom the Bell Tolls, which takes place during the Spanish civil war, is one of Hemingway’s masterpieces. The film adaptation starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman was nominated [...]

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Added on December 7, 2013

Brooklyn Colm Toibin Picador, London, 2009 Brooklyn is Toibin’s sixth novel. It was long-listed for the Booker Prize and won the 2009 Costa Award. It was the Amazon Book of the Month for May, 2009. In Booklist’s starred review, they called Brooklyn, “A compelling characterization of a woman caught between two worlds… A fine and [...]

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Added on December 1, 2013

Cockroach Rawi Hage House of Anansi, Canada, 2008 Cockroach is Rawi Hage’s second novel after his IMPAC Award winning debut novel DeNiro’s Game. Cockroach was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for fiction and the Roger’s Writer’s Trust fiction prize. It won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction, and it is a [...]

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