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Oliver Twist (Paperback): Charles Dickens Oliver Twist (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Introduction by Frederick Busch
R154 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R19 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the great novelist s most popular works, Oliver Twist is also the purest distillation of Dickens s genius. This tale of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse and runs away to London is a novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story. Oliver Twist presents some of the most sinister characters in Dickens: the master thief, Fagin; the leering Artful Dodger; the murderer, Bill Sikes along with some of his most sentimental and comical characters. Only Dickens can give us nightmare and daydream together. According to George Orwell, in Oliver Twist Dickens attacked English institutions with a ferocity that has never since been approached. Yet he managed to do it without making himself hated, and, more than this, the very people he attacked have welcomed him so completely that he has become a national institution himself. With an Introduction by Frederick Buschand an Afterword by Edward Le Comte"

North (Paperback): Frederick Busch North (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R498 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R62 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Combining the pace of a detective story with the bold prose of a master storyteller, North is both an adventure and a pilgrimage. Alone and haunted by memories of his dead wife and child, Jack who prowled the backwaters of Girls returns to upstate New York from the Carolina coast, where he has been working as a security guard. A New York lawyer hires him to find her missing nephew, last seen in the area of Jack's northern hometown. His search gradually uncovers a dark underside of rural life and a cast of dangerous characters. Jack is besieged by memories as he uncovers a brutal crime and finds himself in a turbulent relationship with a treacherous woman. In trying to save another's life, Jack must relive his own; memory, obsession, and reality fuse; and Jack discovers the truth of Faulkner's observation that the past is not really past; it's not even over.

A Memory of War (Paperback): Frederick Busch A Memory of War (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R510 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R62 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Psychologist Alexander Lescziak savors a life of quiet sophistication on Manhattan's Upper West Side, turning a blind eye to the past of his Polish emigre parents. Then a new patient declares that he is the doctor's half-brother, the product of a union between Lescziak's Jewish mother and a German prisoner of war. The confrontation jolts Lescziak out of his complacency: suddenly, his failing marriage, his wife's infatuation with his best friend, and the disappearance of his young lover and suicidal patient, Nella, close in on him. Lescziak escapes into the recesses of his imagination, where his mother's affair with the German prisoner comes to life in precise, gorgeous detail. The novel unfolds into a romance set in England's Lake District in wartime, as Busch shows how our past presses on the present.

Harry and Catherine - A Love Story (Paperback): Frederick Busch Harry and Catherine - A Love Story (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R463 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R62 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Here is that rarest and most satisfying of books: a grown-up love story. Harry and Catherine have been falling in and out of love for many years. She is divorced, determinedly raising two sons, and running a small gallery in upstate New York. He is an ex-newspaperman, a wistful drifter, now assistant to a New York senator. After a long separation, Harry is assigned to find out whether a new shopping mall in Catherine's neighborhood will desecrate an historic black cemetery. Catherine is living with another man, a contractor for the mall who finds both his financial interests and his relationship with Catherine threatened by Harry. With penetrating acuity and generosity of spirit, one of our finest writers brings us what David Bradley calls "a book people will love and be proud of loving." "Unsuppressed emotion, painful honesty . . . all of it in the most lively and supple language anyone is writing today." Rosellen Brown"

Dangerous Profession - A Book about the Writing Life (Paperback): Frederick Busch Dangerous Profession - A Book about the Writing Life (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R418 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R50 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Frederick Busch, one of America's most distinguished novelists, has had an enduring love affair with great books and with the difficult, and sometimes personally dangerous, work that is required to produce them. For Busch, as he writes of his own career and those of his great elders, Dickens, Melville, Hemingway, and others, there was to be no other recourse save the dangerous profession. Writing out of an experience of risk that is suffused with affection, Busch brilliantly explores the hazards of the writing life and its effect on the achievement of benchmark writers.

Rescue Missions - Stories (Paperback): Frederick Busch Rescue Missions - Stories (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R465 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R62 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Some of the stories in this "brilliant" (Library Journal, starred review) collection feature the war in Iraq, and others feature domestic wars; in every case, a character seeks to comfort or to save someone. Physical love, familial love, the need to give comfort and the need for comfort are themes skillfully rendered by this "master of the genre" (Booklist, starred review), whose achievements earned the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit for lifetime achievement in short fiction."

Street Games - Stories (Paperback): Rosellen Brown Street Games - Stories (Paperback)
Rosellen Brown; Introduction by Frederick Busch
R390 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R53 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"All the stories in this remarkable cycle of stories are assigned an address. Each is also a separate life, yet part of the larger life that a neighborhood is; this book] is an artist's inhabiting of other lives out of love, compassion, anger, and pain. Like the neighborhood, the stories are various. The mother of a damaged child tells us, 'I know how he dreams me. I know because I dream his dreams.' A male bureaucrat laments, 'I am too bored to move. No man can leave his wife for reasons like these....' In these stories, Rosellen Brown is Anglo, Puerto Rican, African American, Caucasian, male, female, parent, child. That is the artist's responsibility, the being of so many. Furthermore, it is a brilliantly written book that, in a period of fiction sniffing and snorting at itself, reminds us how the first rate will not go away." from the foreword by Frederick Busch"

Letters to a Fiction Writer (Paperback): Frederick Busch Letters to a Fiction Writer (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R472 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R62 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Contributors include Lee K. Abbott, Charles Baxter, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Shelby Foote, John Gardner, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Tobias Wolff, and Flannery O'Connor, among others.

The Stories of Frederick Busch (Paperback): Frederick Busch The Stories of Frederick Busch (Paperback)
Frederick Busch; Edited by Elizabeth Strout
R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Out of stock

A contemporary of Ann Beattie and Tobias Wolff, Frederick Busch was a master craftsman of the form; his subjects were single-event moments in so-called ordinary life. The stories in this volume, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, are tales of families trying to heal their wounds, save their marriages, and rescue their children. In "Ralph the Duck," a security guard struggles to hang on to his marriage. In "Name the Name," a traveling teacher attends to students outside the school, including his own son, locked in a country jail. In Busch's work, we are reminded that we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors or in the mind of another. In the words of Raymond Carver, "With astonishing felicity of detail, Busch presents us with a world where real things are at stake and sometimes, as in the real world, everything is risked."

From his first volume, Hardwater Country (1974), to his most recent, Rescue Missions (2006), this volume selects thirty stories from an "American master" (Dan Cryer, Newsday), showcasing a body of work that is sure to shape American fiction for generations to come."

The Night Inspector (Paperback, 1st trade paperback ed): Frederick Busch The Night Inspector (Paperback, 1st trade paperback ed)
Frederick Busch
R366 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R21 (6%) Out of stock

An immensely powerful story, The Night Inspector follows the extraordinary life of William Bartholomew, a maimed veteran of the Civil War, as he returns from the battlefields to New York City, bent on reversing his fortunes. It is there he meets Jessie, a Creole prostitute who engages him in a venture that has its origins in the complexities and despair of the conflict he has left behind. He also befriends a deputy inspector of customs named Herman Melville who, largely forgotten as a writer, is condemned to live in the wake of his vanished literary success and in the turmoil of his fractured family.

Delving into the depths of this country's heart and soul, Frederick Busch's stunning novel is a gripping portrait of a nation trying to heal from the ravages of war--and of one man's attempt to recapture a taste for life through the surging currents of his own emotions, ambitions, and shattered conscience.

Girls (Paperback, 1st Ballantine Books ed): Frederick Busch Girls (Paperback, 1st Ballantine Books ed)
Frederick Busch
R304 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R16 (5%) Out of stock

A New York Times Notable Book

In the unrelenting cold and bitter winter of upstate New York, Jack and his wife, Fanny, are trying to cope with the desperate sorrow they feel over the death of their young daughter. The loss forms a chasm in their relationship as Jack, a sardonic Vietnam vet, looks for a way to heal them both.

Then, in a nearby town, a fourteen-year-old girl disappears somewhere between her home and church. Though she is just one of the hundreds of children who vanish every year in America, Jack turns all his attention to this little girl. For finding what has become of this child could be Jack's salvation--if he can just get to her in time. . . .

The Stories of Frederick Busch (Hardcover): Frederick Busch The Stories of Frederick Busch (Hardcover)
Frederick Busch; Edited by Elizabeth Strout
R812 R741 Discovery Miles 7 410 Save R71 (9%) Out of stock

A contemporary of Ann Beattie and Tobias Wolff, Frederick Busch was a master craftsman of the form; his subjects were single-event moments in so-called ordinary life. The stories in this volume, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, are tales of families trying to heal their wounds, save their marriages, and rescue their children. In "Ralph the Duck," a security guard struggles to hang on to his marriage. In "Name the Name," a traveling teacher attends to students outside the school, including his own son, locked in a country jail. In Busch's work, we are reminded that we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors or in the mind of another. In the words of Raymond Carver, "With astonishing felicity of detail, Busch presents us with a world where real things are at stake and sometimes, as in the real world, everything is risked."

From his first volume, Hardwater Country (1974), to his most recent, Rescue Missions (2006), this volume selects thirty stories from an "American master" (Dan Cryer, Newsday), showcasing a body of work that is sure to shape American fiction for generations to come."

Breathing Trouble (Hardcover): Frederick Busch Breathing Trouble (Hardcover)
Frederick Busch
R299 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R16 (5%) Out of stock
The Mutual Friend (Paperback): Frederick Busch The Mutual Friend (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R231 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R30 (13%) Out of stock
War Babies - Novel (Hardcover): Frederick Busch War Babies - Novel (Hardcover)
Frederick Busch
R350 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R18 (5%) Out of stock

This is a short, powerful moral tale that sheds light upon the insidious nature of evil and the grip history holds on the lives of the seemingly protected innocent.

Absent Friends - Stories (Paperback, Reprinted edition): Frederick Busch Absent Friends - Stories (Paperback, Reprinted edition)
Frederick Busch
R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Out of stock
The Mutual Friend: Novel (Paperback, Reprinted edition): Frederick Busch The Mutual Friend: Novel (Paperback, Reprinted edition)
Frederick Busch
R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Out of stock
War Babies - Novel (Paperback): Frederick Busch War Babies - Novel (Paperback)
Frederick Busch
R270 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R16 (6%) Out of stock

Frederick Busch's novel War Babies is a short, powerful moral tale that sheds light upon the insidious nature of evil and the grip history holds on the lives of the seemingly protected innocent. Peter Santore, the narrator, is an American lawyer in his mid-thirties come to England to track down a certain Hilary Pennels, the daughter of a Korean War hero who died in a P.O.W. camp -- the same camp in which Peter's own father turned traitor and whose informing became, perhaps, the cause of Hilary's father's death. Only Hilary's guardian, Fox -- himself a survivor of the camp -- can explain, if he will, the troubling past that haunts the now fully grown war babies. As Frederick Busch's relentless narrative bears down upon this complexity of betrayals, the lines between exploiter and exploited become eerily blurred.

The Stories of Frederick Busch (MP3 format, CD): Frederick Busch The Stories of Frederick Busch (MP3 format, CD)
Frederick Busch; Edited by Elizabeth Strout; Read by Chris Sorensen, Joel Richards, Caroline Shaffer
R300 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R20 (7%) Out of stock
A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback, 200th): Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback, 200th)
Charles Dickens; Introduction by Frederick Busch
R125 R100 Discovery Miles 1 000 Save R25 (20%) Out of stock

The French Revolution comes to vivid life in Charles Dickens's famous novel about the best of times and the worst of times... The storming of the Bastille the death carts with their doomed human cargo the swift drop of the guillotine blade this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and compassion, Dickens casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with some memorable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father; Charles Darnay, the lover with a secret past; and dissolute Sydney Carton, whose unlikely heroism gives his life meaning. With an Introduction by Frederick Busch and an Afterword by A. N. Wilson"

Hard Times (Paperback): Charles Dickens Hard Times (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Introduction by Frederick Busch
R110 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R22 (20%) Out of stock

Dickens's scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society. Coketown, the depressed mill town that is the setting for one of Charles Dickens's most powerful and unforgettable novels, is all brick, machinery, and smoke-darkened chimneys. Its emblematic citizen, the schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, lives to impose his version of education: facts and statistics that feed the mind while starving the soul and spirit. Inflexible and unyielding, he places conformity above curiosity and logic over sentiment, only to see his philosophy warp and destroy the lives of his own family. Filled with memorable characters and scenes, Hard Times is a daring novel of ideas--and, ultimately, a celebration of love, hope, and imagination. With an Introduction by Frederick Busch and an Afterword by Jane Smiley

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