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The Winter Helen Dropped By. A novel

By Kinsella, W. P

Toronto: Harpercollins. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1995. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0002243806 . Tight unmarked book in lightly rubbed dust jacket. ; 186 pages; Narrated by young Jamie O'Day, who is beginning to understand that, like his daddy says, "every story is about sex or death, or sometimes both,"<I>The Winter Helen Dropped By</I>is a story of growing up, of loss, of laughter and of characters both sexy and dead.<P>Helen is the young, pregnant Indian woman who drops into Jamie's life one freeze-the-balls-off-a-brass-monkey snow-storming night. It is her haunting presence, woven throughout Jamie's accounts of the spring he damn near drowned, the summer of the peculiar reconstituted wedding of Mrs.Beatrice Ann Stevenson and Mr.Earl J. Rasmussen, followed by the summer White Chaps murdered his wife, that makes this a funny, sad and wholly wonderful new novel. .

$14.00

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Destiny

By Parks, Tim

New York: Arcade Publishing. Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2000. Hardcover. 1559705175 . Tight clean bright book with name to front endpaper; in barely rubbed DJ. ; 1.1 x 8.58 x 5.75 Inches; 249 pages; The protagonist of Tim Parks's Destiny is a disillusioned, fiftysomething journalist intent on writing a book about Italy's national character. It's not merely intellectual curiosity that has led Christopher Burton to this project: as an expatriate Englishman, he's also desperate to figure out the inhabitants of his adopted country, and more specifically, his Italian wife. "You cannot marry a woman in one language and think in another," he muses, convinced that what he once found vehement and exciting about her has been revealed as shallow and distasteful. Mistaken for a German in Italy and an American in England, the narrator beautifully articulates the dilemma of living amid a confusion of tongues. "Language is national destiny," he concludes, which would seem to be bad news for his marriage.Meanwhile, Burton and his wife are confronted with another, nonlinguistic catastrophe. During a three-month stay in England, the journalist learns that his only son has committed suicide in Italy. His first emotion is not grief but a kind of relief--after all, it was mainly Marco's schizophrenia that kept the couple together. As they travel back home, however, his flamboyant wife begins to unravel, and punishes him by lapsing into a "miserable and uncooperative mutism."Destiny is an astute study of the inappropriate behavior that accompanies grief, as well as a blistering look at a marriage of equals--at love's endless loss and retrieval. The fractured, claustrophobic narration perfectly suits Burton's mood, as he lurches from ugly confusion to sublime lucidity, even (or especially) in the presence of his son's corpse. "Marco is less remarkable in death than in life," he notes, and then continues:To my immense relief he was dressed. The corpse was dressed. My wife wasn't there. Dark trousers, blue sweater.... There were two or three heavy pieces of dark wooden furniture and a Sacred Heart on the near wall. A public space that apes the private, I thought, or the imagined private of a distant past. That saves you taking your late beloved home to lie under halogen light by the television.It all adds up to an intelligent, enthralling performance. And Parks, who has previously taken on the question of Anglo-Italian manners in Italian Neighbors and Europa, accomplishes his most wicked exploration yet of identity and our truly, madly, deeply conflicted motivations.--Cherry Smyth .

$14.00

Portable D H Lawrence

By Lawrence, D. H. ; Trilling, Diana (Ed. )

Viking. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1986. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0517610655 . About new book, unmarked and stiff; in liightly rubbed DJ with half-inch edgetear. ; Viking Portable Library; 692 pages .

$14.00

Portable James Joyce

By Joyce, James; Levin, Harry (Ed. , Introduction & Notes)

Viking. Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1986. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0517618877 . Stiff new book, unmarked, in DJ with sticker pull to front panel. ; Viking Portable Library; 762 pages .

$14.00

Still Life
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Still Life

By Byatt, A. S

New York: Scribner. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1985. First Printing. Hardcover. 0684185776 . Tight clean bright unmarked book in lightly rubbed DJ ; 384 pages; Frederica Potter, "doomed to be intelligent'' plunges into Cambridge Universty life greedy for knowledge, sex and love. In Yorkshire her sister Stephanie has abandoned academe for the cosy frustration of the family. Alexander Wedderburn, now in London, struggles to write a play about Van Gogh, whose art and tragic life give the novel its central Leitmotiv. In this sequel to <b>The Virgin in the Garden</b>, A.S Byatt illuminates the inevitable conflicts between ambition and domesticity, confinement and self-fulfilment, while providing a subtle yet incisive observation of intellectual and cultural life in England during the 1950s. .

$24.00

The Winter Helen Dropped By A novel

By Kinsella, W. P

Toronto: Harpercollins. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1995. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0002243806 . About new book, unmarked, in lightly rubbed DJ. ; 186 pages; Narrated by young Jamie O'Day, who is beginning to understand that, like his daddy says, "every story is about sex or death, or sometimes both,"<I>The Winter Helen Dropped By</I>is a story of growing up, of loss, of laughter and of characters both sexy and dead.<P>Helen is the young, pregnant Indian woman who drops into Jamie's life one freeze-the-balls-off-a-brass-monkey snow-storming night. It is her haunting presence, woven throughout Jamie's accounts of the spring he damn near drowned, the summer of the peculiar reconstituted wedding of Mrs.Beatrice Ann Stevenson and Mr.Earl J. Rasmussen, followed by the summer White Chaps murdered his wife, that makes this a funny, sad and wholly wonderful new novel. .

$14.00

The Eighteen Nineties: A review of art and ideas at the close of the nineteenth century

By Jackson, Holbrook

Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. 0391005227 . Tight clean unmarked book with illustrations; in lightly rubbed DJ ; 304 pages; The classic commentary on a decade remarkable for its creativity, style and flamboyance in a brand new edition. <P>With great insight, Holbrook Jackson brings alive and interprets the creative expressions of this vibrant decade. Each chapter deals with a leading figure, style or trend, capturing with succinct and fluent prose the diverse personalities who held the stage. Jackson shows how it was a period of renaissance as much as of decadence - and as such became the threshold to the modern era. <P>With 24 illustrations on separate coated stock, and index. <P>6 x 9 format. .

$20.00