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Posted in * by tavainimene on 29/11/2009

Amateur Barbarians” by Robert Cohen:  middle-aged protagonist heads to Africa, leaving his wife back home in New England with a younger rival.

American Rust” by Philipp Meyer: crime novel/road novel hybrid also manages to chronicle life in a dying mill town.

The Anthologist” by Nicholson Baker: Baker’s ardent novel about poetry — with its hero trying, and mostly failing, to write an anthology introduction — actually does justice to poetry.

The Art Student’s War” by Brad Leithauser: In midcentury Detroit, a young woman searches for authenticity and passion in art and in love.

Asterios Polyp” by David Mazzucchelli: A graphic novel 10 years in the making combines a modernist style, a formalist structure and a story about a bristly academic.

Await Your Reply” by Dan Chaon: Three essentially separate story lines, with morbidly alienated main characters, link up at the end of Chaon’s unremittingly dark and provocative novel.

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It” by Maile Meloy: Meloy’s calm, intelligent prose renders her stories’ self-sabotaging characters — lawyers, unfaithful spouses, eccentric older women, Montanans — eminently understandable.

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” by Peter Ackroyd: This clever novel’s Frankenstein hobnobs with the Shelleys.

Chronic City” by Jonathan Lethem: Beneath the gaudy makeup of this dancing showgirl of a novel, set in an alternate-reality Manhattan, is the girl next door: a traditional bildungsroman with a strong moral compass.

The Confessions of Edward Day” by Valerie Martin: An actor, saved from drowning by an unsavory rival, learns that gratitude never follows humiliation.

Dearest Creature” by Amy Gerstler: Gerstler’s poems — skillful in every kind of comedy, yet deeply serious — show a fondness for animals without sentimentalizing them.

Do Not Deny Me: Stories” by Jean Thompson: The woes dramatized here are no less painful for being unexceptional.

Don’t Cry: Stories” by Mary Gaitskill: Gaitskill implicates the reader in what feels like a violation of her own characters, whose lives are more often broken than in any way admirable.

Every Man Dies Alone” by Hans Fallada: This is the first English version of Fallada’s 1947 novel, based on a real-life German couple who mounted modest but suicidal resistance against Hitler.

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned” by Wells Tower: This polished story collection takes its sustenance from class conflict, rough men and strong women, and the intersection between hotheads and cool customers.

Family Album” by Penelope Lively: It’s the slow, inexorable way everyone comes to acknowledge the suppressed event at the heart of this domestic novel that makes it quietly devastating.

Follow Me” by Joanna Scott: A heroine bent on reinvention is at the center of this densely stitched crazy quilt of a novel, which spans six decades and a wealth of genres while evoking a quintessential American mythology.

A Gate at the Stairs” by Lorrie Moore:  Moore’s latest novel, about a Midwestern college student who hires on as a nanny for a brainy couple on the eve of adoption, brandishes some big material — war, racism — in a resolutely insouciant key.

Generosity: An Enhancement” by Richard Powers: This novel’s central figure is a woman ostensibly afflicted with hyperthymia — an excess of happiness.

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel” by Jeannette Walls: Assuming her maternal grandmother’s voice, Walls, the author of “The Glass Castle,” recreates an adrenaline-charged existence on the rough-and-tumble Southwest frontier.

How it Ended: New and Collected Stories” by Jay Mcinerney: This collection, from a career now reaching nearly three decades, reminds us how broad McInerney’s scope has been and how confidently he has ranged across our national experience.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” by Daniyal Mueenuddin: The eight linked stories here follow the scheming of a rich and powerful Pakistani family and their employees.

Invisible” by Paul Auster: The student-hero of Auster’s masterly novel learns about love from several characters, but an affair with his sister permanently defines his personality.

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” by Geoff Dyer: This haunting novel is like a rough guide to transformation: moving from scenes of erotic decadence to scenes of squalor, the death it describes is that of craving, of intention, even of self.

The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver: This novel, about a boy’s memorable bonds with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, is a call to conscience and connection.

Lark and Termite” by Jayne Anne Phillips: Phillips’s inspired novel, with its Faulknerian echoes, revolves around a loyal sister and her impaired brother, who sees what others don”t.

Let the Great World Spin” by Colum Mccann: Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers is pivotal to all the lives in this deeply affecting New York novel.

The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters: In Waters’s novel of postwar anxiety, members of a decaying upper-crust English family start to come to sticky ends in their creepy mansion.

Love and Obstacles: Stories” by Aleksandar Hemon: The worldly eccentric who narrates these tales declares a specialty in “those brainy postmodern setups’ somehow tied to identity.

Love and Summer” by William Trevor: A heartbreaking and satisfying novel about the relationship between a restless amateur photographer and a shy young Irish farm wife.

The Museum of Innocence” by Orhan Pamuk: The city of Istanbul is on exhibit in Pamuk’s novel of first love painfully sustained over a lifetime.

My Father”s Tears: And Other Stories” by John Updike: In his final collection of new fiction, Updike relives the matter of a lifetime and grapples with the effects of aging, disease and death.

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall” by Kazuo Ishiguro: First-person tales of human emotion in the waning hours of light.

Nothing Right: Short Stories” by Antonya Nelson: Nelson is drawn to the damage that results when strong women foolishly trust weak men.

Once the Shore: Stories” by Paul Yoon: Elemental tales of lives on a South Korean island, in spare and beautiful prose.

One D.O.A., One on the Way” by Mary Robison: An angry heroine is thrust into the volatile world of her dying husband’s family, which includes his “utterly identical” twin.

Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead: Benji, the well-off 15-year-old black hero of Whitehead’s memoiristic fourth novel, lives in a world where life doesn”t assault him but rather affords him the time to figure out who he wants to be.

A Short History of Women” by Kate Walbert: Improbably, this spare and wrenching novel lives up to its name, hopscotching through time and alternating among the lives of a British suffragist and her descendants.

The Sky Below” by Stacey D’Erasmo: It’s hard not to be seduced by D’Erasmo’s selfish hero, an artist whose hunger for expression, for a father and for a home embodies a sense of entrapment that could make anyone behave badly.

The Song Is You” by Arthur Phillips: Phillips turns the notion of the artistic muse on its head and gives it a spin, delineating a pas de deux between a young singer-songwriter and the older man who actively, obsessively inspires her.

Too Much Happiness” by Alice Munro:  Munro’s stories take on pulp fiction’s sensational subjects. But episodes of murder, suicide and adultery turn out to be just anterooms to an echo chamber filled with subtle and far-reaching thematic reverberations.

Typhoon” by Charles Cumming: British and American spies clash in the buildup to the Beijing Olympics.

A Village Life” by Louise Glück: In a stylistic departure, Glück’s poems use the village as a lens to examine the lives within, which counterpoint the memories of her life without.

Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel: Tolerant, passionate and humane, Thomas Cromwell is cast as the picaresque hero of this Man Booker Prize-winning novel of Henry VIII’s turbulent court.

The Year of the Flood” by Margaret Atwood: Through other mouths, Atwood has brilliantly retold her 2003 novel “Oryx and Crake”, showing how the kids Glenn and Jimmy became Crake and the Snowman.

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Mõtteid tekitas asjaolu, et enamikust uuematest raamatutest pakutakse Amazonis ka Kindle’i versioone, mis aga mõistagi pole Euroopas kättesaadavad. Huvitav, kuidas eestikeelsete e-raamatutega asi areneb? Väiksel turul peaks see ju hea lahendus olema? Või on enamik raamatulugejaid liiga kõhna kukruga ja ettevaatlikud, et trendividinatesse investeerida? Hirmkallist põrsast kotis ju osta ei taha. Kas kuskil lugemisseadmeid prooviks laenutatakse?

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  1. sesamy said, on 29/11/2009 at 12:10

    mõned eeraamatud on täitsa olemas siin: http://ebooks.ee/

  2. tavainimene said, on 29/11/2009 at 13:16

    Njah, seal pakutava kraami eest ei tahaks ma tõtt-öelda raha välja anda. Noid võib ehk laenutada suvel rannaraamatukogust ajaviiteks. E-raamatuga vist jälle randa ei lähe – liiv läheb klahvide vahele. Vanni ka mitte. Kui mõtlema hakata, siis paber kannatab tõepoolest peaaegu kõike :)


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