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Daisy Miller and An International Episode (Oxford &hellip by Henry James
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Henry James may be famously long-winded most of the time, but Daisy Miller, here just a 66-page novella, packs a massive punch and shows his equal mastery of the short form.

Daisy Miller is a young woman brought to Europe by her mother, who quickly shows herself to be incompetent at observing European social standards, though she is so innocent that is hard to judge any of this too harshly. James excels at posing the questions about Daisy, her brother and mother, without ever answering them, leaving the reader both perplexed and delighted by his portrayal of turn of the century society rules and mores.

Randolph Miller, Daisy's brother, is another one of HJ's amazing… Read more
Portrait of the Writer: Literary Lives in Focus by Goffredo Fofi
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This rather beautifully-produced Thames & Hudson book aims to show 250 of the world's greatest writers, each in a single image with a brief biography on the facing page. It has been translated from the Italian, and certainly displays a definition of 'world writers' which is continental in outlook, and far broader than I imagine a British publishing house might attempt if doing the project from scratch. There are some really famous pictures in the book - the lovely image of Garcia Marquez which graces the cover, William Faulkner with his dogs, Zadie Smith draped over the sofa looking unbelievably glamorous, the only pic of Pynchon we have, swiped from his college yearbook...

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Bark by Lorrie Moore
Bark by Lorrie Moore
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Lorrie Moore has come in for some fire on this new book, and at least one other Amazon reviewer has pointed out the weight of expectation that attended this one: the length of time since she last published a collection could partly explain some people's disappointment.

And certainly, the first couple of stories (taking up 60ish pages) were ALSO in the bright orange Collected Stories, so that's slightly frustrating Value For Money-wise.

Also, the earlier stories in the book - like 'Wings', about a late thirties / early forties couple in a failing rock band, still not giving up hope of fame, or at least fortune - are verging on depressing.

But if you LOVE… Read more