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ADDISON, JOSEPH ESSAYS AUSTIN, JANE NORTHANGER ABBEY

 

BACON, Sir FRANCIS ESSAYS BALDWIN, JAMES GOING TO MEET THE MAN (STORIES) BECKET, SAMUEL MURPHY BELLOW, SAUL THE VICTIM SEIZE THE DAY
BENNETT, ARNOLD CLAYHANGER BRONTE, CHARLOTTE THE PROFESSOR BURGESS, ANTHONY LITTLE WILSON AND BIG GOD BURNEY, FANNY CECILIA BURROUGHS, WILLIAM THE SOFT MACHINE See an on line review of the man and his work. His obituary BUTLER, SAMUEL THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

 

CAPOTE, TRUMANN THE GRASS HARP (STORIES) CONRAD, JOSEPH UNDER WESTERN EYES

 

DAVIES, ROBERTSON THE SALTERTON TRILOGY DICKENS, CHARLES BLEAK HOUSE NICHOLAS NICKELBY

 

ELIOT, GEORGE ROMOLA

 

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 prose.

 

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 VILE BODIES 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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