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Into the Widening World: International Coming-Of-Age Stories School & Library Binding – Oct 1994


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  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613032152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613032155
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

All the innocence and daring of youth are elegantly captured in this heartfelt anthology of brilliant voices from 22 countries. His sometimes overburdened introduction aside, Loughery has succeeded in selecting 26 finely honed tales from established writers including Nadine Gordimer, Ben Okri, Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Nor do the somewhat lesser-known writers pale, particularly Zoe Wicomb, whose unforgettable narrator in "When the Train Comes," struggles with her obesity amidst the racial inequalities of South Africa. Other stories of exceptional merit include Margareta Ekstrom's "The Nothingness Forest," in which an infant wanders beyond the safe confines of home to find a new world of possibilities. In "On Sunday," Mario Vargas Llosa's lovesick protagonist discovers the extremes to which he will go in order to keep a comrade away from the girl he adores. Though each has earned its place in this volume, perhaps most charming of all is Naguib Mahfouz's "The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish," about how a young boy's distractions lead him on a bigger adventure than the errand he began for his mother.Nearly perfect in pacing, this will serve as a welcome companion to Loughery's earlier anthology, First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Library Journal

The publisher adds to its list of thoughtful multiethnic and subject anthologies with this pleasing, provocative collection of 26 short stories by familiar and new writers. Geographically arranged-by setting and author's background-the stories explore universal milestones and awakenings as well as culture-specific complexities of youth. Among the prime delights are Thomas King's boy's-eye view of a Blackfoot mother and son caught stubbornly between the Canadian and American border checkpoints and Peter Carey's recounting of a teenager's (and a small town's) desired but gravely disappointing transformation brought on by the stunning surprise of a neighbor's scale replica of the town. Other contributors include Alice Munro, Bharati Mukherjee, and Yukio Mishima. A brief introduction and biographical notes complete a fine anthology and welcome addition to most public library fiction collections.
Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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While searching for texts for a class I teach called International Short Stories, I came across and ordered this book, along with two others, on the basis of stories and writers in this book I knew I wanted to use. I got far more than I expected. This book is proof that an editor can make an incredible difference. Rather than select obvious stories, ones continually anthologized, John Loughery has chosen stories for their ability to startle a reader with subject matter, approach, and excellence of writing. I found stories here which left me refreshed simply because they were the stories I hoped were out there. Beautiful story-telling, challenging ideas, brightness everywhere. I would recommend this book to any reader, but would especially draw the attention of teachers of courses like International Short Story, or general fiction appreciation courses. It doesn't leave you complacent.
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By Fahd El-farissi on March 30 2000
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Dr. Pope is one of my professor's, and he is certainly correct in his evaluation of this book! It makes for excellent leisurely reading, as well as scholarly reading.
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Dr. Pope is one of my professor's, and he is certainly correct in his evaluation of this book! It makes for excellent leisurely reading, as well as scholarly reading.
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startling stories March 17 2000
By Robert F. Pope Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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While searching for texts for a class I teach called International Short Stories, I came across and ordered this book, along with two others, on the basis of stories and writers in this book I knew I wanted to use. I got far more than I expected. This book is proof that an editor can make an incredible difference. Rather than select obvious stories, ones continually anthologized, John Loughery has chosen stories for their ability to startle a reader with subject matter, approach, and excellence of writing. I found stories here which left me refreshed simply because they were the stories I hoped were out there. Beautiful story-telling, challenging ideas, brightness everywhere. I would recommend this book to any reader, but would especially draw the attention of teachers of courses like International Short Story, or general fiction appreciation courses. It doesn't leave you complacent.
I agree! March 30 2000
By Fahd El-farissi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Pope is one of my professor's, and he is certainly correct in his evaluation of this book! It makes for excellent leisurely reading, as well as scholarly reading.
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I agree! March 30 2000
By Fahd El-farissi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Pope is one of my professor's, and he is certainly correct in his evaluation of this book! It makes for excellent leisurely reading, as well as scholarly reading.


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