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Archives for November 2008

J.D. Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye

There are a number of novels out there that people are expected to have read at some point in their youth. Not to have done so is, in a word, shameful. This is the position that I’ve found myself in… continue reading »

Augusto Monterroso: The Black Sheep and Other Fables

To call him an unknown name is perhaps to do Augusto Monterroso a disservice, for while he may not be known in many English speaking circles, he’s a well known writer among Spanish speakers. An influential one too, considering the… continue reading »

James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice

Following on from a recent review of Albert Camus’ L’√Čtranger at Mookse, I was struck by something read in the comment – that Camus took his inspiration from an American crime novel. Now, I’d heard of The Postman Always Rings… continue reading »

John Fante: 1933 Was A Bad Year

As the opening to Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina makes clear, unhappy families are unhappy in their own way, and in dealing only with its own families it leaves a wealth of stories about unhappy families to be told. 1933 Was A… continue reading »

Alasdair Gray @ Waterstone’s 6th-Nov-2008

A great deal of my reading tends to involve works from all over the world. Places as far flung as Japan, Hungary, and Mexico. Rarely does it occur to me to dig around the literature concerning home. It may, in… continue reading »

Michel Faber: The Fire Gospel

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I have a hit or miss relationship with the Canongate Myths series. The contributions of Jeanette Winterson and Margaret Atwood failed to excite me and, expecting no less from Ali Smith (see Girl… continue reading »

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