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Murphy
Murphy
Paperback      ISBN: 0802150373

A poor Irishman, seeking his own identity, drifts through worsening stages of despair until his final disintegration

Burmese Days
Burmese Days
Paperback      ISBN: 0156148501

Orwell draws on his years of experience in India to tell this story of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen living in a settlement in Burma congregate in the European Club, drink whiskey, and argue over an impending order to admit a token Asian.

Between the Acts
Between the Acts
Paperback      ISBN: 015611870x
"Love. Hate. Peace. Three emotions made the ply of human life."

Between the Acts takes place on a June day in 1939 at Pointz Hall, the Oliver family's country house in the heart of England. In the garden, everyone from the village has gathered to present the annual pageant--scenes from the history of England starting with the Middle Ages. As the story of England unfolds, the lives of the villagers also take shape. The past blends with the present and art blends with life in a narrative full of invention, affection, and lyricism.

Through her characters' passionate musings and private dramas, and through the enigmatic figure of the pageant's author, Miss La Trobe, Virginia Woolf's final novel both celebrates and mocks Englishness. Even so, the coming of war looms over the whole community, heralding a new act.
Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
Paperback      ISBN: 0156196255

George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of his holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.

Ficciones
Ficciones
Paperback      ISBN: 0802130305

The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.

The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth: A Complete Guide to All Fourteen of the Languages Tolkien Invented
The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth
A Complete Guide to All Fourteen of the Languages Tolkien Invented
Paperback      ISBN: 0395291305

This is the book on all of Tolkien's invented languages, spoken by hobbits, elves, and men of Middle-earth -- a dicitonary of fourteen languages, an English-Elvish glossary, all the runes and alphabets, and material on Tolkien the linguist.

Re Joyce
Re Joyce
Paperback      ISBN: 0393004457

Arguing that the appearance of difficulty is part of Joyce's big joke, Burgess provides a readable, accessible guide to the writings of James Joyce.

The Nonexistent Knight & the Cloven Viscount
The Nonexistent Knight & the Cloven Viscount
Paperback      ISBN: 0156659751

Two novellas: the first, a parody of medieval knighthood told by a nun; the second, a fantasy about a nobleman bisected into his good and evil halves. "Bravura pieces... executed with brilliance and brio"(Chicago Tribune). Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Virginia Woolf: A Biography Pa
Virginia Woolf
A Biography Pa
Paperback      ISBN: 0156935805

The first full-scale biography of the eminent British writer, written by her nephew. Index; photographs.

Amerika
Amerika
Paperback      ISBN: 0811200752

Depicts the tragicomic misadventures of a young immigrant in New York.