First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, and interweaves their stories in this world where only the fittest survive—creating what is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works.
Half a Life finds the veteran Booker and Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul on familiar territory, blending autobiography and fiction in an exploration of the “half lives” of individuals brought up in the English colonies and educated in metropolitan cities.
A fluid, elegant exploration of memory, this novel is a profound meditation on the essence of writing and exile, on the effects of political oppression on the human spirit – and on how that spirit can triumph.
In this feverishly beautiful novel— subsequently titled If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Faulkner—William Faulkner interweaves two narratives, each wholly absorbing in its own right, each subtly illuminating the other.
No one else comes even close to Heinlein in consistently fusing scientific thinking with fictional form.
As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.