My Shelf - New York Review Books

A Listmania! list by Brad J. (St. Paul, MN)
The list author says: "The New York Review of Books is dedicated to reprinting unknown classics over an eclectic range of interests. Here is my collection, both the volumes on my bookshelf and the ones I intend to purchase, all of which I heartily recommend.
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NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life. Their distinctive spines, in bold colors, jump to your eyes if you look for them at a bookstore. Take the invitation."
Jakob von Gunten (New York Review Books)
1.  Jakob von Gunten (New York Review Books) by Robert Walser
The list author says:
  "The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.  Highly thought-provoking and full of self-contradiction."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Selected Stories (New York Review Books Classics)
2.  Selected Stories (New York Review Books Classics) by Robert Walser
The list author says:
  "An ideal introduction to this fascinating writer of whom Hermann Hesse famously declared, "If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place."  It is in these concentrated bursts that Walser's brilliance is more easily taken in by the reader."
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The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)
3.  The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics) by Tove Jansson
The list author says:
  "Jansson's writing is all magical deception, her sentences simple and loaded; the novel reads like looking through clear water and seeing, suddenly, the depth. — Ali Smith"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

The True Deceiver (New York Review Books Classics)
4.  The True Deceiver (New York Review Books Classics) by Tove Jansson
The list author says:
  "Here Jansson takes a darker look at the subjects that animate the best of her work: solitude and community, art and life, love and hate - and all tinged with unpredictable deception."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Pinocchio (New York Review Books Classics)
5.  Pinocchio (New York Review Books Classics) by Carlo Collodi
The list author says:
  "This new translation of Pinocchio will forever banish the saucer-eyed Disney character from your mind (not to mention the advice-spouting Talking Cricket, whom Pinocchio squashes with a mallet in chapter 4).  At once in the tradition of great fairy tales and a precursor to magic realism, the original Pinocchio is a joy for all ages."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Rock Crystal (New York Review Books Classics)
6.  Rock Crystal (New York Review Books Classics) by Adalbert Stifter
The list author says:
  "Stifter's rapturous and enigmatic tale of village life begins with a small anecdote—one Christmas eve, a brother and sister lose their way amid snowdrifts while crossing the Alps—and opens onto vast questions of faith and destiny."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)
7.  Stoner (New York Review Books Classics) by John Edward Williams
The list author says:
  "In many ways this is a book to still your own breathing with, to be struck by how an unknown book is in the literary sense pitch perfect.  One of literature's atypical heroes, William Stoner is a rarity in literature and in life because he is a convincing portrait of a good man.  I just had to share this with everyone."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (754 customer reviews)

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (New York Review Books Classics)
8.  The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (New York Review Books Classics) by G. B. Edwards
The list author says:
  "It reads like Beethoven’s Ninth...Coated with sea salt, its crannies spilling wildflowers, Edwards's book still roars like some huge shell held, cutting, against your ear.
— The Atlantic"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

Monsieur Proust (New York Review Books Classics)
9.  Monsieur Proust (New York Review Books Classics) by Andre Aciman
The list author says:
  "This lovely book is the closest we can come to knowing Proust, written as it was by his housekeeper."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

A High Wind in Jamaica (New York Review Books Classics)
10.  A High Wind in Jamaica (New York Review Books Classics) by Richard Arthur Warren Hughes
The list author says:
  "A tale of seduction and betrayal, of accommodation and manipulation, of weird humor and unforeseen violence, this classic of twentieth-century literature is above all an extraordinary reckoning with the secret reasons and otherworldly realities of childhood - and pirates!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (New York Review Books Classics)
11.  The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (New York Review Books Classics) by James Hogg
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Lolly Willowes : Or the Loving Huntsman (New York Review Books Classics)
12.  Lolly Willowes : Or the Loving Huntsman (New York Review Books Classics) by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The list author says:
  "Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange."
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Mr. Fortune's Maggot (New York Review Classics)
13.  Mr. Fortune's Maggot (New York Review Classics) by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The list author says:
  "At long last I pulled down from its place on the shelves Sylvia Townsend Warner's plump little novel impishly titled Mr. Fortune's Maggot and was once again amazed by what a witty, poetic, clairvoyant writer this English woman was.
— Eudora Welty"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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The Fountain Overflows (New York Review Books Classics)
14.  The Fountain Overflows (New York Review Books Classics) by Rebecca West
The list author says:
  "A real Dickensian Christmas pudding of a book—full of family delights, parties and partings, strange bits of London, a classic murder with portraits of the murderer, the murderee and a couple of innocent bystanders, good food, and a considerable quota of ghosts. West's is a world that is a delight to enter and to live in, warm and vital, and constantly entertaining."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Hons and Rebels (New York Review Books Classics)
15.  Hons and Rebels (New York Review Books Classics) by Jessica Mitford
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

The Stories of J.F. Powers (New York Review Books Classics)
16.  The Stories of J.F. Powers (New York Review Books Classics) by J. F. Powers
The list author says:
  "Brilliant glimpses of Americana delivered with a perfectionist's eye for a well-rounded story.  Powers' stories about priests of all persuasions achieve a clarity beyond ink and paper."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (New York Review Books Classics)
17.  Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (New York Review Books Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The list author says:
  "After Holmes and Watson, one really needs to see more of Conan Doyle's works.  Just a plain suspenseful, exciting, fun to read author with enduring popularity - now that I think about that, that isn't plain at all."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 (New York Review Books Classics)
18.  The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 (New York Review Books Classics) by Henry David Thoreau
The list author says:
  "To understand Thoreau, one must read his journals, which show the man and all of his facets.  And what better time to try than at the issuing of an edition that draws on the entirety of his 14 volume journal?"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics)
19.  A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics) by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The list author says:
  "Just exemplary writing from start to finish.  This is a book to read for the sentence by sentence feel, the exciting sense of not knowing where the story is about to veer off to.  Full of dazzling descriptions of pre-WWII Europe as seen on foot, from the level of the peasants to the castles of the fading aristocracy."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates (New York Review Books Classics)
20.  Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates (New York Review Books Classics) by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The list author says:
  "This continues the journey started in "A Time of Gifts," taking the reader into the myths of Eastern Europe."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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