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Stories: Five Acre Virgin and The Travelling Entertainer

Jolley, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0670821136 / ISBN 13: 9780670821136
Verlag: Viking, New York, 1988
Gebraucht Zustand: Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. Superficial marks and light scores on jacket. Light edge wear on jacket and hardcover. Page block head is lightly foxed. Pen on FEP. Pages are clean and text is clear throughout. Binding is sound. HCW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 438363

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Titel: Stories: Five Acre Virgin and The Travelling...

Verlag: Viking, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1988

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Used

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A combination of Jolley's two short story collections, Five Acre Virgin and The Travelling Entertainer, these stories focus on people overcoming or being overcome by life's challenges. They are wise, funny, and often perverse works by a unique author.

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First published in the author's native Australia, these selections consist of two parts, "Five Acre Virgin" and "The Travelling Entertainer." In the first, 11 stories reveal the bases of Jolley's memorable novel, The Newspaper of Claremont Street. Recalling the characters' early life in the country, the narrator describes her childhood with her mother and older brother, a petty thief, capturing them in poignant but raffishly comic situations. The 10 entries in the second section illuminate the plight of loners in big cities. "Winter Nelis" concerns self-alienated Leonora, roused from her lethargy when she sees her young neighbor Mrs. Banks in tears, in her distress dropping a bag of russet pears called Nelis. Subtle allusions to Leonora's past seem to explain the curiosity that drives her to find out why Mrs. Banks was weeping. Jolley appends "A Child Went Forth," an account of her growth as a writer in which one discovers, as she has, the recurrent theme of exile in her works. The author also trusts readers to look beneath the surface for profound meanings in stories whose ambiguities and implications stir the imagination.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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