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The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories [Hardcover]

Alberto Manguel
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Oct. 31 2006

Christmas is storytelling time, the beginning of things expected but not yet seen, of tales suspenseful and mysterious, and full of a comfort of sorts. Internationally acclaimed anthologist Alberto Manguel offers an immensely enjoyable collection of twenty-three brilliant stories from across the globe, written under the merry canopy of Christmas.

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories includes tales by the best master storytellers such as “The Turkey Season” by Alice Munro, “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor” by John Cheever, “Créche” by Richard Ford, “Horatio's Trick” by Anne Beattie, “Another Christmas” by William Trevor, and “The Leaf-Sweeper” by Muriel Spark. The collection also features voices of writers whose work has seldom or never been translated into English, such as “A Risk for Father Christmas” by Siegfried Lenz and “The Night Before Christmas” by Theodore Odrach. Eminently readable, The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories is a celebration of the most magical of seasons.

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Born in Buenos Aires in 1948, ALBERTO MANGUEL is an acclaimed, award-winning Canadian writer. He is the author of numerous non-fiction books, including the innovative The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (co-written with Gianni Guadalupi) and A History of Reading, The Library at Night, and novels such as News from a Foreign Country Came. As a teenager in Buenos Aires, he served as a reader for the blind Jorge Luis Borges. He currently lives in the South of France.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Respectable collection Oct. 20 2012
This collection of stories from 20th century writers won't exactly leave you warm and fuzzy and won't blow you away with profundity either. There are some unique works here, with the occasional laugh. Features writers like Alice Munro, John Cheever, and Vladimir Nabokov so you get an international flavor. If you want a take on subjects related to or parallel to Christmas this collection is fine, but the collection as a whole doesn't necessarily provide a compelling reason for its existence.
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