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But I do know someone who actually did buy copies of The Towers of Trebizond for all of his closest friends!
A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Varieties of Exile and Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
The Case of Comrade Tulayev and Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
A Month in the Country, as mentioned above
Troubles and the other books in the Empire trilogy (The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip) by J.G. Farrell -- The Siege of Krishnapur won the Booker but Troubles is, in my opinion, the best.
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
And I could probably come up with more.
However the two NYRB volumes I find myself forcing on others the most are:
An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie who fled Africa to avoid an arranged marriage and made his way through France and Denmark to Greenland on the basis of what he had read in a book. His is just an amazing story and he has an incredibly open but honest perspective which I enjoyed.
The other is the children's volume The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon. It has absolutely magical stories but possible magical stories for adults and children.
Now that I know they have published Tove Jansson and others will not have to send away to England to get her books as I did I will push those as well.
And so, beside Sunflower, I now will have to get the Edith Wharton too.....sigh.....;-)
If you want to order more than one NYRB at a time, don't go to the NYRB site. Go to abe.books.com and limit your search to NYRB and Symposium Books in Providence R.I. (I think). You can get new NYRBs (they may have remainder marks) for as little as a dollar and not more than 5 or 6 dollars. I went on a buying spree there recently and got eight books for $41.00 (this price included shipping). All were new NYRB remainders. That works out to just over $5.00 per book. You can't beat that. Sunflower was one of the books I ordered. Note, Symposium discounts the shipping when you order more than one.
Towers of Trebizond, The Furies, The Seige of Krishnapur and Chess Story.
I am patiently waiting for them to arrive.
I am also very keen to obtain Edith Wharton's Short Stories of New York.
#urania1 - re price - I bought from the nyrb site but it is still cheaper (including postage) to buy them that way then to order from my local bookseller and pay our prices which are very high in comparison.
You must not be in the US. Some place are much more expensive than others. For example, books from Germany seem to be inordinately expensive (to me) at least. I have yet to figure out the vagaries of mail and shipping. Perhaps Oepida Mass in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is correct, and a Tristero conspiracy dominates our mail services ;-)
*Loud applause* I think that's my Favorite. Conspiracy. Theory. Evah!
Our postal prices are reasonable.
#20 I agree about unreasonable book prices mrspenny. Books should be within everyone's price range. As for taxing books - I say let's start a revolution! If the Americans could start one over tea, then we can start one over books. We just need a slogan.
I agree on The Anatomy of Melancholy (my first NYRB, bought greedily and happily five years ago, I think), as well as A High Wind in Jamaica, and The Fountain Overflows. Kenneth Fearing's The Big Clock is one of the crime/suspense reprints, I notice, and within its niche recommend it. Sunflower was bought for my brother's birthday a year or two ago, with every wish I could buy for myself. Wharton's short stories, so far as I read them, I remember loving; but it's been a long time.
The Towers of Trebizond has been on my wishlist, A Month in the Country now is, and Sunflower and The Little Bookroom revived as desires. Rebeccanyc, a little more time and I'll enjoy exploring your list thoroughly. Thanks to Maren for mentioning The Little Bookroom. It appealed very much, and in a lapse had been forgotten.
"(Mem.: Would it not be possible to write more domesticated and less foreign version of High Wind in Jamaica, featuring extraordinary callousness of infancy?) Can distinctly recollect heated correspondence in Time and Tide regarding vraisemblance or otherwise of Jamaica children, and now range myself, decidedly and forever, on the side of the author. Can quite believe that dear Vicky would murder any number of sailors, if necessary."
If you haven't read it yet, go out and get it today. Love, love, love it.
Susan Thomas, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.
Benjamin and the German Jewish intellectual milieu between the wars are ongoing fascinations/fixations of mine, and this book is my favorite account of both. There are also small gems hidden throughout - like Scholem's reading of Kafka - that are potential points of departure for deeper reading.
Great collection of Russian poems from the first half of the twentieth century, marvelously translated. It should be read for the conversing "suicide poems" alone.