The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories (New York Review Books Classics)

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The search leads all over the world, netting a series of suspects whose only connection is their innocence - at least of this crime. In , twenty-four-year old Nicolas Bouvier and his artist friend Thierry Vernet set out to make their way overland from their native Geneva to the Khyber Pass. They had a rattletrap Fiat and a little money, but above all they were equipped with the certainty that by hook or by crook they would re This powerful short novel describes the events of a single afternoon. Alwyn Towers, an American expatriate and sometime novelist, is staying with a friend outside of Paris, when a well-heeled, itinerant Irish couple drops in—with Lucy, their trained hawk, a restless, sullen, disturbingly totemic p The Bri Steegmuller starts with the young F Leather or suede?

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But beside this man with the unshakable self-regard is the bitter sponger who, con The Algerian War lasted from to It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers England in the middle of World War II, a war that seems fated to go on forever, a war that has become a way of life.


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Heroic resistance is old hat. Everything is in short supply, and tempers are even shorter. Overwhelmed by the terrors and rigors of the Blitz, middle-aged Miss Roach has retreated to At the time of his death in This new gathering of long-unavailable or previously uncollected work presents stories from to and shows Gallant's progression from precocious virtuosity, to accomplished artistry, After a terrible hurricane levels their Jam aican estate, the Bas-Thorntons decide to send their children back to the safety and comfort of England.

On the way their ship is set upon by pirates, and the children are accidentally transferred to the pirate vessel.

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Jonsen, the well-meaning pirate Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, is a child of the Indian elite. His friends go to Yale and Harvard. August himself has just landed a prize government job. There he finds himself surrounded by i Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France y Seemingly the simplest of stories—a passing anecdote of village life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense.

This jewel-like novella by the writer that Thomas Mann praised as "one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most stra In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life. In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God.

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It became clear to Schr Monsieur Monde is a successful middle-aged businessman in Paris. One morning he walks out on his life, leaving his wife asleep in bed, leaving everything. Not long after, he surfaces on the Riviera, keeping company with drunks, whores and pimps, with thieves and their marks. A whole new world, where Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: brilliant, nerve wracked, gay, and miserable. At the beginning of this novel, she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras for the wedding of her identical twin to a nice doctor from Connecticut.

She is, however, hell-bent o It continues as Mavis Gallant is an undisputed master of the short story whose peerless prose captures the range of human experience while evoking time and place with unequaled skill. An actor and a divorcee meet in a deserted New York City afterhours bar. With little in common save loneliness, middle age, and a presentiment of escape, they improvise a love story. The fragility and fear that drive their experiment from moment to moment, bedroom to bedroom, transform this boy-meet Russell Page, one of the legendary gardeners and landscapers of the twentieth century, designed gardens great and small for clients throughout the world.

His memoirs, born of a lifetime of sketching, designing, and working on site, are a mixture of engaging personal reminiscence, keen critical intel Ringolevio is a classic American story of self-invention by one of the more mysterious and alluring figures to emerge in the s. A twisted pulp epic, in which the fantasy world of the Western is revealed as the perverse unconscious of American life, Oakley Hall's Warlock is one of the most unusual and remarkable inspirations of recent American literature.

It is the story of Clay Blaisedell, a celebrity sharpshooter who On the outskirts of Paris, a prostitute is found murdered in a vacant lot. In a seedy apartment house nearby lives pasty, fat Mr. Hire, who earns his living through a petty postal scam, is a convicted pornographer, a peeping Tom, and, once a week, the unlikely star of a Parisian bowling cl A New York Review Books Original Unforgiving Years is a thrilling and terrifying journey into the disastrous, blazing core of the twentieth century. Powers's comic masterpiece is Father Urban, a man of the cloth who is also a man of the world.

Charming, with an expansive vision of the spiritual life and a high tolerance for moral ambiguity, Urban enjoys a national reputati In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. The result is an unsparing, deeply moving Traveling overland from Istanbul to legendary Trebizond, the narrator and her companions have a series of hilarious encounters with potion-dealing sorcerers, recalcitrant policemen, and an ever-appearing buslo A Book of Mediterranean Food consists of recipes David collected when she live Here Jansson takes a darker look at the subjects that animate the best of her work, from her sensitive tale of island The elusive narrator of this beautifully written, complex, and powerfully disconcerting novel is the scion of a decayed aristocratic family from the farther reaches of the defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In five psychologically fraught episodes, he revisits his past, from adolescence to middle age, The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the Seated in a Paris cafe, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying to the train.

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The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant. The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant. Title: English Renaissance poetry A collection of shorter. Review 'Gallant is one of the great short-story writers of our time' Michael Ondaatje 'The irrefutable master of the short story in English, Mavis Gallant has, among her colleagues, many admirers but no peer.

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Gallant's chronicles of internal and external exile are a fitting tribute to a diasporic century' Guardian About the Author Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal in and worked as a journalist at The Standard before moving to Europe in to devote herself to writing fiction. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps.

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Don't have a Kindle? No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. She was onto a good thing that took me much longer to realize. Gallant's writing reminds me of Yates and Cheever. This collection takes us all over including Montreal, New York, and Paris. The stories are melancholy, if not sad, but there is an intriguing humour in every one of them. A word of warning, the introduction is a wonderful tribute to Gallant by Jhumpa Lahiri but is so detailed that I wished I had read it after reading the stories themselves the title of this review is taken from that Introduction.

What an extraordinary writer! Exquisite glimpses into characters, their lives, their times and their scenes. Can anyone write like this anymore? No annoying preaching, gotchas, or personal intrusion Put down your "smart" phone No gimmicks If you're the type of reader who loves well-observed, well-drawn "slice of life" stories, this collection should prove very satisfying.