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Shape-Shifter

Melville, Pauline

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ISBN 10: 0704350513 / ISBN 13: 9780704350519
Edité par The Women's Press, 1990
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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First British (and true first) Edition (first printing). The debut story collection by the award-winning author of THE VENTRILOQUIST'S TALE. Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Macmillan Silver Pen Award and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Fine/Fine. Signed by Melville on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 71408

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Titre : Shape-Shifter

Éditeur : The Women's Press

Date d'édition : 1990

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : 1st Edition.

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A collection of short stories which are all set in the Caribbean and London. Pauline Melville is the winner of "The Guardian" Fiction Prize and winner of the Macmillan Silver Pen Award. This book was also awarded the 1991 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first book.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A first collection of 12 stories (winner of the Guardian Prize in England) that shifts intelligently between London, Guyana, and the Caribbean: very good on local patois and custom, as well as dramatizing a sense of dislocation and a yearning for home. ``Eat Labba and Drink Creek Water,'' a series of instances on ocean-hopping juxtaposed to variations on the myths of El Dorado, most explicitly voices this mood: ``We do return and leave and return again, criss-crossing the Atlantic, but whichever side of the Atlantic we are on, the dream is always on the other side.'' In ``A Disguised Land,'' a woman in England from Jamaica for an unhappy reunion with her mother kites checks and goes on the dole in order to feed her kids, then gets a jail term while pregnant and, after delivering the baby, escapes with it, only to return to the jail with a TV crew--having made an adjustment of sorts to her new home. In ``The Iron and the Radio Have Gone,'' the roles are reversed when a well-meaning Quaker woman goes to Guyana and fails to adapt when confronted by a break-in, street urchins, and various other manifestations of local color. Other stories are quirkier, but there's usually some sort of intercultural transaction at the center of every piece: ``the Conversion of Millicent Vernon,'' for instance, finds the title character trying to save her rotting teeth by pledging ``secret allegiance to the Congo pump tree,'' recommended by a local spirit-man. ``You Left the Door Open,'' about the transformations of a woman attacked while she's sleeping, has a paranoid film noir feel to it, along with a manic edge hovering between horror and black humor. Even the few pieces that are structurally flimsy have a strong sense of place and dialect. A promising debut: Melville's transatlantic stories, in particular, capture the conflict between the exotic and the ordinary. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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