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ACHEBE, CHINUA ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH ALTHER, LISA OTHER WOMEN AMIS, MARTIN DEAD BABIES ANGELOU, MAYA THE HEART OF A WOMAN ARNOLD, MALCOLM CULTURE AND ANARCHY AUSTIN, JANE MANSFIELD PARK

BALDWIN, JAMES GIOVANNI’S ROOM BARNES, JULIAN FLAUBERT’S PARROT BECKET, SAMUEL MALLOY BELLOW, SAUL THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH BENNETT, ARNOLD RICEYMAN STEPS THE BIBLE: Old Testament JUDGES, PROVERBS, & ECCLESIASTES. (Revised Standard Version) New Testament LUKE, ROMANS, REVELATION. BRONTE, ANNE THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL BRONTE, CHARLOTTE SHIRLEY BURGESS, ANTHONY EARTHLY POWERS BURNEY, FANNY EVELINA BURROUGHS, WILLIAM THE NAKED LUNCH BUTLER, SAMUEL EREHWON

CARY, JOYCE TO BE A PILGRIM CATHER, WILLA GREAT SHORT STORIES CONRAD, JOSEPH NOSTROMO

DE QUINCEY, THOMAS CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER DAVIES, ROBERTSON THE SALTERTON TRILOGY MANTICORE DICKENS, CHARLES LITTLE DORRIT DREISER,THEODORE SHORT STORIES DURRELL, LAWRENCE BALTHAZAR

ELIOT, GEORGE MILL ON THE FLOSS ADAM BEDE

FALKNER, WILLIAM ABSOLOM, ABSOLOM! GO DOWN, MOSES
FIELDING, HENRY TOM JONES FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT THE LAST TYCOON FORD, FORD MADOX NO MORE PARADES FOSTER, E.M. WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD FRENCH, MARALYN THE WOMAN’S ROOM

GASKELL, ELIZABETH NORTH AND SOUTH GISSING, GEORGE THE NETHER WORLD GOLDING, WILLIAM DARKNESS VISIBLE GREEN, GRAHAM THE HONOURARY CONCUL

HARDY, THOMAS TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES HAWTHORN, NATHANIEL TWICE-TOLD TALES AND OTHER STORIES. HINES, CHESTER COTTON COMES TO HARLEM

HUGHES, LANGSTON THE BIG SEA (AUTOBIOGRAPHY) HUXLEY, ALDOUS ISLAND

Reviewer: kikix64@hotmail.com from Belgium: "For me, the most appealing feature of this work was the way Huxley combines great society-changes with personal development and joy. Too often people want to make the world better by being a pure and holy human being, which is off course impossible. In Huxleys Utopia society is completely adjusted to the best of human nature, but it's still human nature. This is what makes the whole so realistic and valuable. The obvious question now is off course: Why don't we put his ideas into action? In answering this I must agree with another reviewer, who poses that people in Pala are too earnest, too occupied with their happiness. Maybe Huxley forgot the part of human nature we call 'laziness'. Another possibility is that we're simply too stupid a race to put such obvious guidelines to happiness beside us. When i walk down a library or book shop i'm always having difficulties finding books that describe something positive. It seems we are animals that enjoy suffering as well as complaining about it. Untill we can put this drive for self-pity and misery aside, we're not ready for Pala. I can't help but wondering if we will ever be."

IRVING, WASHINGTON THE PHANTOM OF SLEPPY HOLLOW

Editorial Reviews: Amazon.com It's 1799, and a charming bumbler of a constable has been sent from New York City to the quiet little village of Sleepy Hollow where three beheaded bodies await him. Hoping to match deductive reasoning against the superstitions of the villagers, Ichabod Crane sets out to determine the motive of the killer at large. Unfortunately, the killer does not seem to be of the living, breathing variety; the specter of the Headless Horseman has been haunting the hamlet for over 20 years. With the help of the exquisite daughter of his host, Ichabod delves dangerously deep into the mystery.

Based on Washington Irving's classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this bone-chilling story takes the premise, setting, and characters from the original to create a fresh, spooky tale. Ichabod Crane (played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's movie adaptation) is a more appealing character than Irving's constable; here his clumsiness endears, while the original Ichabod is a figure for mockery. Readers may be surprised at the understated hilarity of Irving's original story, included in its entirety following the adaptation. Don't be content with the film version alone--this story is well worth a read in the gloaming of the day. Includes eight pages of full-color photos from the film. --Emilie Coulter

ISHERWOOD, CHRISTOPHER				PRATER VIOLET
Editorial Reviews: Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic "Prater Violet, in my view, is one of the best short novels in English written in this century."

Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker"Prater Violet resembles the episodes in Goodbye to Berlin and keeps up the same high level of excellence."

JAMES, HENRY THE BOSTONIANS JOYCE, JAMES ULYSSES

KENEALLY, THOMAS THE CHANT OF JIMMY BLACKSMITH

"The son of an aboriginal mother and a white father is taught European ambition by a missionary. The clash of cultures helps lead the man to commit a series of bloody murders. This is the novelization of a historical incident that took place in turn-of-the-century Australia. Keneally, winner of the Booker Prize for Schindler's List, pushes the language and listener hard, forcing us to understand if not condone. The Australian idiom, combined with Kerr's accent--both are wildly appropriate--made it necessary for this listener, an American jogger, to go through the first tape twice. The aboriginal chant with which the recording opens is repeated at the close, by which time the music is freighted with meaning." B.H.C. of (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine.

 
KIPLING, RUDYARD			
KOSINSKI, JERZY					PASSION PLAY
KöSTLER, ARTHUR					ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

LAWRENCE, D. H. AARON’S ROD LEHMANN, ROSAMOND THE BALLAD AND THE SOURCE (Out of Print,
but I have a copy. Come and ask. ggg) LESSING, DORIS A PROPER MARRIAGE LEWIS, SINCLAIR ARROWSMITH

As the son and grandson of physicians, Sinclair Lewis had a store of experiences and imparted knowledge to draw upon for Arrowsmith.Published in 1925, after three years of anticipation, the book follows the life of Martin Arrowsmith, a rather ordinary fellow who gets his first taste of medicine at 14 as an assistant to the drunken physician in his home town. It is Leora Tozer who makes Martin's life extraordinary. With vitality and love, she urges him beyond the confines of the mundane to risk answering his true calling as a scientist and researcher. Not even her tragic death can extinguish her spirit or her impact on Martin's life.

The New York Times Book Review: Artistically, Arrowsmith is an authentic step forward. The novel is full of passages of a quite noble felicity and the old skill in presenting character through dialogue never fails.

MAILER, NORMAN AN AMERICAN DREAM MANSFIELD, KATHERINE STORIES MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET THE MOON AND SIXPENCE MC CULLERS, CARSON THE CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS MELVILLE, HERMAN BARTLEBY MEREDITH, GEORGE THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL

Of all nineteenth-century English novels," claims Edward Mendelson in his Introduction to this edition, "The Ordeal of Richard Feverel is the most self-consciously literary in its style and structure and the most sexually explicit in its plot and theme." First published in 1859, Meredith's first and most controversial novel concerns Sir Austin Feverel's misconceived attempts to educate his son Richard according to a system of his own devising--a system based on theories of sexual restraint. Exploring generational and gender conflicts, the psychology of sexual jealousy and repression, and myths of Eden and Utopia, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel shocked Victorian readers but gained for itself a cult following. "Now that it has been freed from its reputation," writes Mendelson, "readers can discover again the tragic and ironic force, and the psychological and formal complexity that make The Ordeal of Richard Feverel one of the most profound, subtle, and moving works of English fiction."

A wonderfully ironic and impassioned novel of war between the sexes and the generations by a writer who, according to Virginia Woolf , 'deserves our gratitude and excites our interest as a great innovator"

MILLER, HENRY THE AIR-CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE

A non-fictional account of Henry Miller's travels through the United States, published in 1945. Miller undertook these travels in 1940 and 1941 after returning from a lengthy stay in Europe. Miller comments, mostly negatively, on America's physical landscape as well as on the mood and spirit of the American people. Among other things, he contrasts the ideals of the original founders with contemporary Americans' love of making money. Miller commented further on these themes in the sequel Remember to Remember (1947).

NABOKOV,VLADIMIR LOLITA

Despite its lascivious reputation, the pleasures of Lolita are as much intellectual as erogenous. It is a love story with the power to raise both chuckles and eyebrows. Humbert Humbert is a European intellectual adrift in America, haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love. When he meets his ideal nymphet in the shape of 12-year-old Dolores Haze, he constructs an elaborate plot to seduce her, but first he must get rid of her mother. In spite of his diabolical wit, reality proves to be more slippery than Humbert's feverish fantasies, and Lolita refuses to conform to his image of the perfect lover.

Playfully perverse in form as well as content, riddled with puns and literary allusions, Nabokov's 1955 novel is a hymn to the Russian-born author's delight in his adopted language. Indeed, readers who want to probe all of its allusive nooks and crannies will need to consult the annotated edition. Lolita is undoubtedly, brazenly erotic, but the eroticism springs less from the "frail honey-hued shoulders ... the silky supple bare back" of little Lo than it does from the wantonly gorgeous prose that Humbert uses to recount his forbidden passion:

"She was musical and apple-sweet ... Lola the bobby-soxer, devouring her immemorial fruit, singing through its juice ... and every movement she made, every shuffle and ripple, helped me to conceal and to improve the secret system of tactile correspondence between beast and beauty-- between my gagged, bursting beast and the beauty of her dimpled body in its innocent cotton frock.

Much has been made of Lolita as metaphor, perhaps because the love affair at its heart is so troubling. Humbert represents the formal, educated Old World of Europe, while Lolita is America: ripening, beautiful, but not too bright and a little vulgar. Nabokov delights in exploring the intercourse between these cultures, and the passages where Humbert describes the suburbs and strip malls and motels of postwar America are filled with both attraction and repulsion, "those restaurants where the holy spirit of Huncan Dines had descended upon the cute paper napkins and cottage-cheese-crested salads." Yet however tempting the novel's symbolism may be, its chief delight--and power--lies in the character of Humbert Humbert. He, at least as he tells it, is no seedy skulker, no twisted destroyer of innocence. Instead, Nabokov's celebrated mouthpiece is erudite and witty, even at his most depraved. Humbert can't help it--linguistic jouissance is as important to him as the satisfaction of his arrested libido. --Simon Leake

ONDAATJE, MICHAEL THE ENGLISH PATIENT ORWELL, GEORGE BURMESE DAYS

PATCHEN, KENNETH THE JOURNAL OF ALBION MOONLIGHT

"This novel contains some of the most compelling images I have ever read. It is a measure of Patchen's courage that he wrote it at the height of WWII--not a popular time for anti-war activism. The depth of his thinking about pacifism emerges in this novel on every level. Patchen was a lifelong scholar and student of the works of William Blake and it shows: "Moonlight" challenges us not only in content but in form as well, using metaphor and image to create a powerful non-linear world of story and thought. Kenneth Patchen's work is beginning to experience a resurgence, and I would suggest buying this novel (along with Kenneth's love poetry) if you want to discover this great American poet."

"This is one of the most compelling and disrutbing books I have ever read. It ramains with me like a half-remembered flavour of some exotic meal, eaten years before; the kiss of someone your are not sure you will want to love. In short, it remains with me even after my last re-reading sixteen years ago, or a first reading 16 years before that." ggg.

PERSIG, ROBERT THE ZEN ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTAINANCE POWYS, JOHN COWPER A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE PROULX, E. ANNIE POSTCARDS PYNCHON, THOMAS V

RICHARDSON, SAMUEL CLARISSA RUSKIN, JOHN SELECTED WRITINGS

SINCLAIR, UPTON JUNGLE SINGER, ISSAC BESHEVIS A DAY OF PLEASURE: STORIES OF A BOY GROWING UP IN WARSAW SMOLLET, TOBIAS THE EXPEDITION OF HUMPHREY CLINKER STEINBECK, JOHN GRAPES OF WRATH STERNE, LAWRENCE THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY

THACKERY, WILLIAM THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND TROLLOPE, ANTHONY FRAMLEY PARSONAGE TWAIN, MARK LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI

UPDIKE, JOHN RABBIT REDUX

VONNEGUT, KURT, JR. SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE

WAUGH, EVLYN BRIDESHEAD REVISITED THE LOVED ONE
WHARTON, EDITH ETHAN FROME WHITE, ANTONIA FROST IN MAY WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES WILSON, ANGUS OLD MEN AT THE ZOO WOLFE, THOMAS LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL WOOLF, VIRGINIA THE WAVES




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