Tag: novel

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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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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Added on August 4, 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 Blind Assassin

Added on July 13, 2014

The Blind Assasin Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2000 The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was Time magazine’s best book of 2000 and they added it to their list of the 100 Greatest English language novels [...]

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Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid

Added on July 5, 2014

Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid Malcolm Lowry New American Library, New York, 1968 This is the true first edition of this posthumously published novel. Jonathan Cape of London published it one year later, in 1969. In December of 1945 Malcolm Lowry and his wife Margerie flew from Vancouver to Mexico City. [...]

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Who Has Seen The Wind – Illustrated

Added on June 2, 2014

Who Has Seen The Wind W.O. Mitchell MacMillan, Canada, 1976 W.O. Mitchell’s 1947 Canadian classic novel about a boy growing up on the Saskatchewan prairie was re-issued in 1976 in this large format illustrated edition. The illustrations were done by award winning Alberta artist William Kurelek. This signed copy is the first printing of this [...]

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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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