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Success: New and Selected Stories

Masters, Hilary

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ISBN 10: 031207090X / ISBN 13: 9780312070908
Edité par St. Martin's Press, 1992
Etat : Near Fine Couverture rigide
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First Edition (first printing). The second story collection by the author of STRICKLAND and LAST STANDS: NOTES FROM MEMORY, tales that follow people as they journey between attraction and abandonment. Near Fine/Fine. A little foxing along the top edge of the pages, else very clean. Signed by Masters and dated 27 Sept 1996 on the dedication page and additionally signed with his initials on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 10689

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Titre : Success: New and Selected Stories

Éditeur : St. Martin's Press

Date d'édition : 1992

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Near Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Synopsis :

Sixteen short stories that follow people through attraction and abandonment; through memories of past and present desires; together or alone in search of home.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Sixteen stories with various settings, ranging from Ireland to Tuscany; a graceful stylist, Masters (Strickland, 1989, etc.) mainly uses atmosphere to reconstruct family memories. ``A Mechanic's Life'' is typical of his methods. In it, a man fascinated with machinery and with ``native genius'' buys a brush- cutter and tinkers with it; juxtaposed to his obsession is his wife's unease: in an understated finish, she ends up leaving him. The title story likewise contrasts a narrator's memories of his half-brother, buried in Ohio--he owned furniture stores--with a story-within-a-story conversation between the narrator and his wife. In ``Hall of Mirrors,'' which begins with a group of students at the Palace of Versailles, a family photo album serves as the narrative device whereby Masters allows a family to roam through its past. Such memory pieces roughly alternate with slightly plotted stories of psychological conflict like ``A Mechanic's Life''--in ``Trotsky's House,'' for instance, set in Mexico, a man burdened with a ``fascination...for the apocalyptic'' drags his wife to Trotsky's house and proceeds through it, the tour and its complications nicely serving as correlative to the troubles that beset the couple. The same goes for ``Face in the Window,'' in which a stiff professor lectures a group of students as they tour Tuscany, and for ``The Catch,'' about a couple in Ireland faced with the sudden death of a stranger. A collection that consists of a series of elegies, as though Masters has decided to sum up the fictional pasts of his people. He manages to do this in a sensitive and poetic prose. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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