FAR TORTUGA by Peter Matthiessen. With much dialogue and a minimum of description, nine flawed and simple men hunt turtles in the southwest Caribbean and become actors in an elemental drama of the sea.
THE MEMOIRS OF A SURVIVOR by
Doris Lessing. In a vision that veers between allegory and nightmare, a lone woman exists in a futuristic urban landscape of frightful anomie.
HUMBOLDT'S GIFT by Saul Bellow. An obscure old poet dies and his onetime protege suffers in this seriocomic meditation by a major American writer on the value of art and the price...