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Caribou Island by David Vann

Posted by the editors on Monday, 23 January 2012

Caribou Island (2011)(Novel) by David Vann (Legend of a Suicide (2008))  Caribou Island, David Vann’s first novel, after his awardwinning collection of stories Legend of a Suicide, is rife with failed communication, the characters brimming with regret, misperception and self-delusion, and all suffering from psychological isolation; these bleak, dysfunctional characters relentlessly arcing their way toward certain disaster.  Written with a passionate and sharp eye for landscape and environment, used as a metaphor for the apparent, and dream-like, beauty and inherently brutal, fatal desolation of life and with, perhaps, an inspiration from Cormac McCarthy’s sensitivity to place, combined with some of the fatal flaws of Raymond Carver’s often doomed characters, Caribou Island is an inspired noir novel, full of precise descriptive prose, and often sensitive and frustratingly lost individuals inexorably struggling toward their painful ends. (PR)

See our posts on the novels The Crossing, All the Pretty Horses, The Orchard Keeper, Blood Meridian and Outer Dark, by Cormac McCarthy and our post on the collection of short stories What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver.

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E-Books & Libraries – Real Shelf-life for a Virtual Book

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Downloading an e-book from the New York Public Library website to a Nook Color

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Julie Bosman has written an interesting and informative article entitled “As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date” in the Media & Advertising section of The New York Times looking at the strained relations between public libraries and e-book publishers in general, and the new “26 borrowers” limit imposed HarperCollins Publishers.

Did all of you know that you can’t download public library e-books to your Kindle?  (Is this “just” a question of file format or ….?)  What do you think about the “26 borrowers” limit?

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