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Amis, I Want It Now. Amis, Kingsley. I Want It Now. London, Panther / Granada Publishing, 1971. 11 x 17.5cm. 204 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with some signs of external wear. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger.

The quickest way to get rich is to marry someone rich, but how do you do this if you aren't yet rich? TV chat-show host Ronnie Appleyard is preoccupied with this question as he pursues wealthy heiress Simona Quick over two continents in the company of braying aristocrats, Greek shipping magnates, American dandies and the dreaded mother-in-law to be. But as he comes closer to his prize other questions present themselves. Is the androgenous Simona really worth it? Why doesn't she like sex? Is it possible to drink all day? With his unerring eye for absurdity and class satire Kingsley Amis shows us what happens when money meets naked ambition. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: British Author, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Humour, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Satire

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Amis, Lucky Jim. Amis, Kingsley. Lucky Jim. New York, Viking Press, 1958. 12.5 x 19.5cm. 256 pages. Original softcover. Good condition with some signs of external wear, including foxing and discolouration to jacket and some paper loss to spine. Text itself in very good condition. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [Compass Books, No. C35].

Kingsley Amis's witty campus novel, Lucky Jim is a comedy that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life. Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand. Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: British Author, British Literature, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Humour, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Satire

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Barnes, Nightwood. Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. Introduction by T.S. Eliot. New York, New Directions, 1961. 10.5 x 18cm. (17), 170 pages. Original softcover. Some signs of external wear, including minor paper loss to spine, otherwise good condition. Some text annotations. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [A New Directions Paperbook, No. 98].

Nightwood tells the stories of the love-lives of a group of Americans and Europeans in Paris in the 1920s - an exotic, night-time underworld, eccentric, seedy and beautiful. One of the earliest novels to explicitly portray homosexuality, the influence of Djuna Barnes's novel has been, and continues to be, exceptional. Nightwood is not only a classic of modernist literature, but was also acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as one of the great novels of the twentieth century. [Faber & Faber]

Keywords: American Authors, American Literature, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Feminism, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Women's Studies

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Barth, Lost in the Funhouse. Barth, John. Lost in the Funhouse. Fiction for print, tape, live voice. Middlesex, Penguin Books, 1972. 11 x 18cm. 198 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear and mild foxing. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger.

John Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection. As the characters search, each in his own way, for their purpose and the meaning of their existence, Lost in the Funhouse takes on a hiliarious, often moving significance. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: American Authors, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Experimental, Humour, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Short Stories

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Barth, The End of the Road. Barth, John. The End of the Road. New York, Bantam Books / Windstone, 1983. 10.5 x 17.5cm. 198 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with some signs of external wear, including creasing to spine and age darkening to jacket. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger.

As young Jake Horner’s mind became an increasingly paralyzing cobweb of dark thoughts, he turned for help to an extraordinary doctor?part saint, part evil-genius, a weird combination of faith healer, magician, and devil. And in so doing Jake found himself following a drastic prescription that was to draw him into a strange, compulsive relationship. It is around the startling results of Jake Horner’s “cure” and its amazing mastermind - a doctor almost surely designed to become one of the most remarkable characters in modern fiction - that this brilliant, imaginative novel hinges. [Dalkey Press]

Keywords: American Authors, American Literature, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Satire

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Barth, The Floating Opera. Barth, John. The Floating Opera. New York, Avon Books, 1969. 10.5 x 18cm. 272 pages. Original softcover. Very condition with some minor signs of wear, including creasing to spine and age darkening to jacket. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [An Avon Library Book, No. 40].

Written when John Barth was 24 years old, The Floating Opera is his first novel, first published in 1957. It is a first-person reminiscence of the day Todd Andrews decided to commit suicide. Having picked up some sense of the French Existentialist writers from the postwar Zeitgeist, this novel questions life's value through the eyes of a 37-year-old man.

Keywords: American Authors, American Literature, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century

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Bellow, Dangling Man. Bellow, Saul. Dangling Man. New York, The New American Library, 1965. 10.5 x 18cm. 126 pages. Original softcover with red stained edges. Very good condition with some signs of wear, including sunned spine and text annotations. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [A Signet Book, P2625].

An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow. Expecting to be inducted into the army to fight in World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Saul Bellow's first novel documents Joseph's psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice.

Keywords: American Authors, American Literature, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Jewish Literature, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Nobel Laureate, Nobel Prize

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Bellow, Mr Sammler's Planet. Bellow, Saul. Mr Sammler's Planet. Middlesex, Penguin Books, 1971. 11 x 18cm. 252 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition other than age-darkening to jacket and edges. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger.

Mr. Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a “registrar of madness,” a refined and civilized being caught among people crazy with the promises of the future (moon landings, endless possibilities). His Cyclopean gaze reflects on the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul. “Sorry for all and sore at heart,” he observes how greater luxury and leisure have only led to more human suffering. To Mr. Sammler—who by the end of this ferociously unsentimental novel has found the compassionate consciousness necessary to bridge the gap between himself and his fellow beings—a good life is one in which a person does what is “required of him.” To know and to meet the “terms of the contract” was as true a life as one could live. At its heart, this novel is quintessential Bellow: moral, urbane, sublimely humane. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: American Authors, American Literature, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Jewish Literature, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Nobel Laureate, Nobel Prize

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Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account. Bellow, Saul. To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account. Middlesex, Penguin Books, 1977. 11 x 18cm. 182 pages. Original softcover. Paper age-darkened and slightly foxed, otherwise in very good condition. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger.

Nobel laureate Saul Bellow's revealing interviews and meditations, steeped in history and literature, on the unique spirit and challenges of Israel. A powerful, stimulating testament, To Jerusalem and Back is a rigorous attempt to come to grips with Israel's history and future. Immersing himself in the landscape and culture of this "small state in perpetual crisis," Bellow records the opinions, passions, and dreams of Israelis of varying viewpoints - Yitzak Rabin, Amos Oz, the editor of the largest Arab-language newspaper in Israel, a kibbutznik escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto - and adds his own reflections on being Jewish in the twentieth century. Saul Bellow's journey is not merely an exploration of a very beautiful and very troubled city; it is a major literary work, and an urgently important one. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: American Authors, American Literature, Autobiography, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Israel, Jerusalem, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Memoirs, Travel, Travelling Authors

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Borges, Fictions. Borges, Jorge Luis. Fictions. Edited and with an Introduction by Anthony Kerrigan. London, Jupiter / John Calder Publishers, 1965. 12 x 18cm. 159 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear, including bumping to corners. Previous owner's name on half-title page. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [A Jupiter Book, No. J7].

The most popular anthology of Jorge Luis Borges's short stories, Fictions is a wildly original and influential collection of fantastic tales. The collection introduced an entirely new voice into world literature. It is here that we find the astonishing accounts of 'Funes the Memorious', the man who can forget nothing; 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote', who recreates Miguel de Cervantes's epic word-for-word; a society run on the basis of an all-encompassing game of chance in 'The Lottery in Babylon'; the mysterious world of 'Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' which seems to be supplanting our own ; and the 'Library of Babel', which contains every possible book in the whole universe. Here too are the philosophical detective stories and the haunting tales of Irish revolutionaries, gaucho knife fights and dreams within dreams which proved so influential (and yet impossible to imitate). This collection was eventually to bring Borges international fame; over fifty years later, it remains endlessly intriguing. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: Argentina, Argentinian Authors, Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Latin American Authors, Latin American Literature, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Short Stories

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