Tag: novel

October Ferry to Gabriola

Added on April 25, 2015

October Ferry to Gabriola Malcolm Lowry World Publishing, New York, 1970 This is such an interesting book for a number of reasons. For one thing, it includes a somewhat shocking history of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood in the decade between 1937 and 1947. For another, it was published by World Publishing, and as you can [...]

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That Old Ace in the Hole

Added on April 7, 2015

That Old Ace in the Hole Annie Proulx Scribner, U.S.A. 2002 This is a true first edition of what could end up being Annie Proulx’s last novel. In essence, it is a very entertaining history of the doomed Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. The main character’s uncle owns a thrift store and collects early plastics, like [...]

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Lost for Words

Added on March 30, 2015

Lost for Words Edward St. Aubyn Picador, London, 2014 Edward St. Aubyn won the 2014 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction for this hilarious send-up of the major literary awards. Before the award ceremony, St. Aubyn said, “The only thing I was sure of when I was writing this satire on literary prizes was [...]

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Added on March 16, 2015

Waiting Ha Jin Pantheon, New York, 1999 Ha Jin was going to school on a scholarship at Brandeis University in Massachusetts during the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. The Chinese Government’s widespread use of violence and repression to put down this protest hastened Jin’s emigration plans and shaped his choice to write in English. He [...]

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Added on March 3, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Riverhead Press, New York, 2007 This stellar debut novel appeared on thirty-five best of the year book lists, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize and the Dayton Peace Prize. Time Magazine and New York Magazine [...]

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Added on February 5, 2015

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami Doubleday, Canada, 2014 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan — another highly anticipated masterpiece by a writer who has, perhaps more than any other, created a voice which is so recognizably his own. [...]

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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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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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