England and Other Stories

England and Other Stories

eBook - 2015
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A collection of new stories from the Booker-prize winning author of Last Orders , and of the Sunday Times bestseller Mothering Sunday.

Meet Dr Shah , who has never been to India, and Mrs Kaminski , on her way to Poland via A&E. Meet Holly and Polly , who have come to their own Anglo-Irish understanding; Charlie and Don , who have seen the docks turn into Docklands; Daisy Baker , terrified of Yorkshire; and Johnny Dewhurst , stranded on Exmoor.

Binding these stories together is Graham Swift's affectionate but unflinching instinct for the story of us all: an evocation of that mysterious body that is a nation, deepened by the palpable sense of our individual bodies finding or losing their way in the nationless territory of birth, ageing, sex and death.

Praise for Mothering Sunday :
'Bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly... Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian
'Alive with sensuousness and sensuality ... wonderfully accomplished, it is an achievement' Sunday Times
'From start to finish Swift's is a novel of stylish brilliance and quiet narrative verve. The archly modulated, precise prose (a hybrid of Henry Green and Kazuo Ishiguro) is a glory to read. Now 66, Swift is a writer at the very top of his game' Evening Standard
' Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know ... It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781471137426
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Jul 09, 2018

This outstanding collection of quintessentially English short stories is marked by characteristic subtle understatement and by the melancholy recognition of the transience of life. Both are qualities unlikely to appeal to readers with little sensitivity to minutely-observed nuances of human behaviour. Several stories deal with an awareness on the part of some elderly protagonists, if not the author himself, of the imminence of death, and of the fragility of happiness. Taken as a whole, the stories deal with the changing social landscape that is cosmopolitan English life today, with immigration, marriage, bereavement, and isolation as some of the serious subjects raised in the context of stories in which very little seems to happen. But these are not comic-book action stories, are they?

Jun 28, 2018

Solid, but unexceptional, stories from a good writer.

Aug 20, 2016

Could not bring myself to finish this. Tried three short stories. Descriptions good but found the stories pointless.

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