Tag: novel

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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City of Bohane

Added on November 13, 2013

City of Bohane Kevin Barry Jonathan Cape, London, 2011 City of Bohane, Kevin Barry’s debut novel, won the 2013 IMPAC Award and the Author’s Club First Novel Award. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including the New Yorker, and his collection There are Little Kingdoms won the 2007 Rooney Award. This dystopian [...]

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Soul Mountain

Added on November 1, 2013

Soul Mountain Gao Xingjian HarperCollins Publishers Inc., New York, 2000 Xingjian, a preeminent playwright in China, was misdiagnosed as having cancer in 1982 and decided to end his days with the best life he could afford, but his work was beginning to be judged  subversive by the Chinese government. After a second test revealed he [...]

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A Secret Between Us

Added on October 21, 2013

A Secret Between Us Daniel Poliquin Douglas and McIntyre, Canada, 2007 Although A Secret Between Us was shortlisted for the 2007 Giller Prize, reviews were mixed. It is one of those books that people either love or hate. Some found that the translation from French to English came across as snooty and recommended reading the [...]

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Through Black Spruce

Added on October 3, 2013

Through Black Spruce Joseph Boyden Viking, Canada, 2008 Through Black Spruce is the second novel in a planned trilogy. It won the 2008 Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, among others. Boyden, part Metis, is one of Canada’s most gifted young writers. Three Day Road, Boyden’s debut novel and the [...]

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Anil’s Ghost

Added on September 11, 2013

Anil’s Ghost Michael Ondaatje Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2000 This is a signed first U.S. edition of Anil’s Ghost in fine/fine condition. The true first edition is the Canadian McClelland and Stewart first printing. In this novel, Anil Tissera, studying forensic anthropology in the States, returns to Sri Lanka to work for the U.N. [...]

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Travels With My Aunt

Added on September 4, 2013

Travels With My Aunt Graham Greene Bodley Head, Canada, 1969 This Canadian edition was put out simultaneously with the British edition and was actually manufactured in England. The dust jacket is identical. However, while unsigned British first editions top out at about $280, these Canadian editions can be found in quite good condition for less [...]

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The Cave

Added on September 1, 2013

The Cave Jose Saramago Harcourt, U.S. 2002 The Cave is an excellent example of Saramago’s allegorical and magical style. It is based on the parable of the cave from Plato’s Republic, about a group of men chained for life facing the inside wall of a cave. Nobel laureate Saramago died in June 2010. According to Wikipedia, in [...]

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