FALKNER, WILLIAM LIGHT IN AUGUST
FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES
FOSTER, E.M. Collected Short Stories
FOWLES, JOHN THE MAGUS
FRENCH, MARILYN SEASON IN HELL
GISSING, GEORGE THE ODD WOMEN
GOLDING, WILLIAM THE INHERITORS
GOLDSMITH, OLIVER THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD
GREEN, GRAHAM THE HEART OF THE MATTER
HARDY, THOMAS JUDE THE OBSCURE
HAWTHORN, NATHANIEL TWICE-TOLD TALES AND OTHER STORIES
HUXLEY, ALDOUS CROME YELLOW
JAMES, HENRY THE BOSTONIANS
JOYCE, JAMES ULYSSES
KENEALLY, THOMAS SCHINDLER’S LIST
KIPLING, RUDYARD THE LIGHT THAT FAILED
KOSINSKI, JERZY BLIND DATE
This is not a book for the squeamish, nor for those who
do not want their tacit assumptions about human nature to be
too severely challenged. According to the reviewer, Christopher
Chai, from San Francisco, whose comments are taken from the
Amazon site, “Kosinski reveals ‘Blind Dates with our destiny“
in a novel “Depicted in non-linear time frames.” This is a typically
‘post-modernist technique, for which compare Kundera’s novels –
for whom see the reading list of literature in translation - or the
films of Quentin Tarentino.
The reviewer continues thus: “Kosinski succeeds in dramatically
presenting the tumultuous life of one man, George Leventer.
Associating with the powerful, beautiful, and lonely people around
the world, Kosinski's character captures that elusive state of
accepting the paradox of being powerful but lonely, requiring love
but displaying violence, and growing old but questioning fate.
His narrative is sharp and cinematic in structure and tone.
Erotica is insightfully tamed and given in precise portions. I
became enthralled in dissecting the characters intentions as
much as their decisions and actions. It is a superb study in
psychological drama and state of consciousness.“
KöSTLER, ARTHUR THE LOTUS AND THE ROBOT (NON-FICTION)
Nearly all Koestler’s books are out of print.
For this reader he was a great writer,
thinker, historian and human being: a ‘mench.’
If you have any pretentions of intellectual
curiosity this man’s works are essential reading. gg
LAMB, CHARLES ESSAYS
Among the greatest writers of essays and prose in English. gg”
LAWRENCE, D. H. LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER
LEHMANN, ROSAMOND THE ECHOING GROVE
LEWIS, SINCLAIR ARROWSMITH
This edition includes two other novels, ‘Elmer Gantry,‘
which is listed in another list on this site, and ‘Dodsworth.’
All three are recommended. gg
MAILER, NORMAN ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MYSELF
Reviewer: Austin Kaiser from Corvallis, OR.
“Originally appearing in 1959, ‘Advertisements for Myself‘
remains one of the most unusual books ever published by
a novelist. Containing stories, essays, reviews, interviews,
novel excerpts and poems, all with detailed, italicised annotations
courtesy of the author, this book displays a massive, raging talent
assessing itself and the world around it. It is sometimes poignant,
sometimes maddening, but never less than compelling.
I love this book.
Today, Mailer's reputation is rather up in the air. To me, his career
is an example of an artist constantly pushing himself, writing with
breathtaking ambition even if it exceeded his skill. There has never
been another writer like Norman Mailer, and it is touching to read
here of his desire to write a novel on the level of Dostoyevsky,
Mann and Tolstoy, and to read his pithy, sometimes hilarious
assessments of his contemporaries. His commentary on the ups
and downs of his career and his disgust and sadness about the
decline of American literature are illuminating, but his
self-aggrandisement and egocentricity are often difficult to
stomach. However, one has to stand in awe at the monument
of his talent and his passion.
Reading this book today, one has to ask, "Did he fulfil his expectations?"
I think so. "Harlot's Ghost," "Ancient Evenings," "The Executioner's Song"
and numerous other works, both fiction and non-fiction, will endure, in
my opinion. But I, for one, would like to know whatever happened to the
self-promoted masterpiece of a novel he excerpts here. The small sections
make for very stimulating reading.
All in all, "Advertisements for Myself" is a required text for everyone who
loves great literature or aspires to write it for him or herself.
MC CULLERS, CARSON REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
MELVILLE, HERMAN MARDI
MEREDITH, GEORGE RICHARD FREVEL
NABOKOV,VLADIMIR ADA OR ARDOR A FAMILY CHRONICLE
NAIPAUL, V.S. THE ENIGMA OF THE ARRIVAL
ONDAATJE, MICHAEL ROAD TO WIGAN PIER
PATCHEN, KENNETH PORIUS: A ROMANCE OF THE DARK AGES
PROULX, E. ANNIE HEART SONGS AND OTHER STORIES
RICHARDSON, SAMUEL CLARISSA: OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY
RUSKIN, JOHN THE STONES OF VENICE
John Ruskin, one of the most influential art critics of the 19th century
and one of the finest prose writers of non-fiction in English, wrote
more than half a million words on Venice. This is an abridged version
of his opus, which still contains the essence of his original work, for
those who would appreciate Venice, architecture and Ruskin's superb
SMOLLET, TOBIAS RODERICK RANDOM
STEINBECK, JOHN CANNERY ROW
STERN, LAWRENCE A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY BY MR. YORICK
SWIFT, GRAHAM LEARNING TO SWIM & OTHER STORIES
THACKERY, WILLIAM M. THE HISTORY OF PENDENNIS:
HIS FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES,
HIS FRIENDS AND HIS GREATEST ENEMY
TROLLOPE, ANTHONY THE WAY WE LIVE NOW
UPDIKE, JOHN TRUST ME (STORIES)
WALKER, ALICE MERIDIAN
WAUGH, EVLYN SCOOP
WHITE, ANTONIA STRANGERS
Out of print at the moment. Buy second hand or ask me. ggg.
WHITE, PATRICK THE VIVISECTOR
THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE
WILSON, ANGUS THE MIDDLE AGE OF MRS. ELIOT
WOLFE, TOM THE RIGHT STUFF: A NOVEL
WOOLF, VIRGINIA ORLANDO: A BIOGRAPHY
WRIGHT, RICHARD THE NATIVE SON
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