C - Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy’s C (Knopf, $25.95) is a novel unlike any you’ve ever read. The story begins with the birth of Serge Carrafax at the dawn of the 20th century, and follows him from adolescence to maturity through a number of the hallmark events of the period. Carrafax is obsessed with radio communication and technology, and serves as an artillery observer in World War I. He’s later addicted to cocaine and morphine, and delves into the culture of the séance salons of London; in Egypt, he carries out a spy mission under the guise of being a surveyor. McCarthy’s use of language and allusion, metaphor and symbol, offers the reader an experience akin to an archeological dig, as the novel’s many layers slowly yield their secrets.

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ISBN: 9780307388216
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011

To the End of the Land - David Grossman

TO THE END OF THE LAND (Knopf, $26.95), by David Grossman, is a tightly-constructed novel centering on Ora, who flees her home to avoid any bad news about her son, a soldier serving in the Israel Defense Forces and in the direct line of fire in Lebanon. Ora goes to the Galilee, on a hike with an estranged and troubled friend, where she recounts the many stories of her family and past. The stories, and Grossman’s intricate and beautiful prose, weave together the greater and lesser dramas of a family, inextricably tied to the larger framework of politics and the shattering reality of a nation at war.

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ISBN: 9780307476401
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Published: Vintage - August 9th, 2011

Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl - Donald Sturrock

Early in STORYTELLER (Simon & Schuster, $30), Donald Sturrock relates Roald Dahl’s skepticism of biography: “Why on earth would anyone read an assemblage of detail, a catalog of facts, when there was so much good fiction around as an alternative?” And so begins this engaging and masterfully researched portrait of an exceptional writer. Dahl’s life was full of adventure and excitement, from his RAF days to his work in wartime intelligence in Washington, D.C. He was a humorous, opinionated, cantankerous, and amazingly caring man. Dahl was larger than life and so much like his fictional characters that reading this biography is in some ways like stepping into a great work of fiction. Sturrock writes in such an elegant and fascinating way that even Dahl would have been pleased.