Author: Jeff Alford

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 0

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

★★★★★ In Washington Black (longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize), Esi Edugyan imbues a Victorian-era storytelling sensibility into an American origin story. The saga of the slave George Washington Black, a “disfigured black boy...

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann 0

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann

★★★★★ No Good Alternative is the second half of William T. Vollmann’s Carbon Ideologies, a sprawling two-volume presentation on the world’s energy consumption and its resultant environmental dangers. Together, the two parts of Carbon...

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard 0

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard

★★★★☆ Originally published in 1966 and reissued this summer by Picador, J.G. Ballard’s fourth novel The Crystal World is a metaphysical, conceptual adventure through the jungles of Africa. Edward Sanders, a doctor specializing in...

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Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard

★★★☆☆ Speeding home from his London office, thirty-five-year-old Robert Maitland crashes his Jaguar off the highway and onto an empty stretch of land surrounded by speeding traffic. Dazed and wounded from his accident, Maitland...

J.M. Coetzee Late Essays 0

Late Essays 2006-2017 by J.M. Coetzee

★★★★★ Book reviews, literary essays and literary criticism all appear to belong under the same heading of “writing about books,” but the difference between these three fields is more nuanced that some may think....