The Pier Falls

The Pier Falls

And Other Stories

Book - 2016
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"Mark Haddon, author of the international bestselling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Spot of Bother, returns with a collection of unsparing short stories In the prize-winning story "The Gun," a man's life is marked by a single afternoon and a rusty.45; in "The Island," a mythical princess is abandoned on an island in the midst of war; in "The Boys Who Left Home to Learn Fear," a cadre of sheltered aristocrats sets out to find adventure in a foreign land and finds the gravest dangers among themselves. These are but some of the men and women who fill this searingly imaginative and emotionally taut collection of short stories by Mark Haddon, that weaves through time and space to showcase the author's incredible versatility. Yet the collection achieves a sum that is greater than its parts, proving itself a meditation not only on isolation and loneliness but also on the tenuous and unseen connections that link individuals to each other, often despite themselves. In its titular story, the narrator describes with fluid precision a catastrophe that will collectively define its victims as much as it will disperse them--and brilliantly lays bare the reader's appetite for spectacle alongside its characters'. Cut with lean prose and drawing inventively from history, myth, fairy tales, and, above all, the deep well of empathy that made his three novels so compelling, The Pier Falls reveals a previously unseen side of the celebrated author"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385540759
0385540752
0385540760
9780385540766
Branch Call Number: FICTION Had
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 25 cm

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Dec 19, 2016

This is and is not the same Mark Haddon who may have charmed you with "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time." You will recognize the flawless skill of Haddon's tight prose style, but in this collection of short stories his words prove far sharper, blades that will cut you in ways you do not expect. The stories shine with humanity, but often glare with a relentless sense of isolation.

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