This week’s question is suggested by Island Editions:Do you have a favourite book, now out of print, that you would like to see become available again? (I have several)
These all were out of print the last time I tried to buy a copy, and I had given my own away. Boo hoo. I didn't have time to check this morning as to whether they are still out of print:
Cloud Street by Tim Winton is an epic Australian saga written in its own, almost Joycean language. Mesmerizing and beautiful.
Waiting for the End of the World by Madison Smart Bell - is a crazy, messy story surrounding a photographer who rescues a child being abused by a satanic cult. This sounds nuts, I know, but it has its own thoughtful purpose. The best part is the revolutionary cell that harnesses human anger as a terrorist tool.
For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin is about the deep friendship between a straight-laced young man who aspires to, well, normality is the best way I can think to put it. He meets Marshall - an out-of-control dreamer, an "other" on his first day at Columbia University and... read the book. I found it a beautiful story and have read it numerous times.
Shadow of a Man by May Sarton (one of my Outmoded Authors Challenge authors) is a lovely coming of age story set in 1940s - 50s Paris. It's a quick read, if you can find it. As a young man trying to figure out who he was, I loved it.
finally Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Moseley, although always criticized for subsuming the normal elements of story and character in big ideas, is a charged tail of the confluence of revolution of scientific ideas and political thought in Europe between the wars. The splitting of the atom, and the rise of the national socialists in Germany, the bursting forth of adolescence into adulthood all crash together to provide the force behind this difficult book that I have found worth the effort of a reading more than once. Sheila and I continually rave about this sleeper. One day, we shall prevail.
It also looks like Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse may be out of print as well! How can that be? Good grief, what a great book. It has similarities to For Kings and Planets in theme but could not be more different in setting and style. I think The Glass Bead Game by Hesse is back in-print but if it's not, it ought to be.
These books rank as all time faves for me, it's a shame they're not more widely available.