Tag: novel

The Childhood of Jesus

Added on May 31, 2014

The Childhood of Jesus J.M. Coetzee Text Publishing, Australia, 2013 This powerful dystopian novel moves away from Coetzee’s recent semi-aubiographical writing, reminding me of earlier works like The Age of Iron or In the Heart of the Country. Reviewers loved The Childhood of Jesus, which garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In his [...]

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Bad News

Added on May 15, 2014

Bad News Edward St. Aubyn Heinemann, U.K. 1992 This second novella by St. Aubyn is a sequel to his earlier novella, Never Mind, and together with Some Hope, published two years later, would make up the trilogy called the Patrick Melrose Trilogy. In 2003, the trilogy would be renamed Some Hope for the U.S. market, [...]

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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 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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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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You Shall Know Our Velocity

Added on March 27, 2014

You Shall Know Our Velocity Dave Eggers McSweeney’s, U.S.A. 2002 This is Egger’s debut novel which came out two years after his best-selling memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It is his first book to be published under his own McSweeney’s imprint. McSweeney’s books are very collectible. They are creatively ┬ádesigned and well-made. This [...]

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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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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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