Come Rain or Come Shine : Faber Stories

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Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
Detail : “When Ray turns up to go to his recent university friends Charlie and Emily, he is given a special task: to be most his useless self that he makes Charlie look smart by comparison.

But Ray has his own buried feelings to trot out. Decades earlier, he and Emily would hear jazz once they were alone, and now, as Vaughan sings through the speakers, he struggles to manage everything the sound brings with it.

In Kazuo Ishiguro’s hands, a pic of domestic realism becomes a miniature masterpiece of memory and forgetting.”

Come Rain or Come Shine : Faber Stories

Fiction

Author - Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Pages - 80
ISBN - 0571354610


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Detail - Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. When Ray turns up to visit his old university friends Charlie and Emily, he's given a special task: to be so much his useless self that he makes Charlie look good by comparison. But Ray has his own buried feelings to contend with. Decades earlier, he and Emily would listen to jazz when they were alone, and now, as Sarah Vaughan sings through the speakers, he struggles to control everything the sound brings with it. In Kazuo Ishiguro's hands, a snapshot of domestic realism becomes a miniature masterpiece of memory and forgetting.

Nocturnes :

Fiction

Author - Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher - Vintage
Pages - 240
ISBN - 0307273083


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Detail - From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of stories as affecting as it is beautiful. With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

Homeland : Faber Stories

Author - Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher - Faber Stories
Pages - 48
ISBN - 9780571355983


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Mr Salary : Faber Stories

Fiction

Author - Sally Rooney
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Pages - 48
ISBN - 0571354645


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Detail - My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all. Years ago, Sukie moved in with Nathan because her mother was dead and her father was difficult, and she had nowhere else to go. Now they are on the brink of the inevitable. Sally Rooney is one of the most acclaimed young talents of recent years. With her minute attention to the power dynamics in everyday speech, she builds up sexual tension and throws a deceptively low-key glance at love and death.

Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead : Faber Stories

Fiction

Author - Milan Kundera
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Pages - 48
ISBN - 0571356915


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Detail - Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. A chance encounter leads a man to spend the afternoon with an older woman, now a widow, who escaped him fifteen years earlier. Neither of them doubts that the day will end in disgust, but for one intimate moment each finds a way to overcome mortality. Written in 1969, before Milan Kundera was known to English-speaking readers, this story renders male and female characters painful equals, and prompted Philip Roth to admire its 'detached Chekhovian tenderness'.

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes : Faber Stories

Fiction

Author - Alan Bennett
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Pages - 80
ISBN - 0571354769


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Detail - 'Thinking Betty was in the bath Graham was watching a late-night programme on Channel 4 called Footballers with Their Shirts Off when she unexpectedly came in on the trail of the hairdryer. "I didn't know you were interested in football," said Betty.' No one must ever find out that Graham is 'not the marrying sort'. Certainly not his wife, or his mother. As sex, blackmail and fanatical tidiness take over the West Yorkshire parish of Alwoodley, an unlikely caper unfolds.

Daughters of Passion :

Ireland

Author - J. O'FAOLAIN
Publisher - Faber Stories
Pages - 64
ISBN - 9780571351947


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Detail - Her story was this: she had been an orphan, her mother probably a whore. Brought up by nuns, she had lost her faith, found another, fought for it and been imprisoned. This was inexact but serviceable. On the twelfth day of her hunger strike, Maggy is unable to tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. That's true of what brought her here too: was she IRA, or did she just take risks for the sake of a friend?Julia O'Faolain paints a portrait of young Irish girls and their unseverable connection, showing solidarity in places politics cannot reach.

Paradise : Faber Stories

Fiction

Author - Edna O'Brien
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Pages - 80
ISBN - 0571354653


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Detail - An unnamed protagonist is on holiday with her new, much-married lover, in the company of the monstrously rich. 'How long would she last? It would be uppermost in all their minds.' Each day, while the others are out at sea, she is taught to swim. Eventually, she will be expected to perform. The pressure mounts; it is only a matter of time before she snaps. Edna O'Brien crafts a quietly horrifying scene of eroticism and insecurity, and makes one woman's near-fatal discomfort stand for society's larger trap.

Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine :

Boxers (Sports)

Author - Thom Jones
Publisher - Faber Stories
Pages - 64
ISBN - 9780571351978


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Detail - He met Liston's gaze but found it almost impossible to sustain eye contact. Soon it became an exercise in the control of fear. Sonny Liston gave Kid Dynamite the slightest hint of a smile and winked. In the build-up to a fight, Kid Dynamite's head swirls - with thoughts of his estranged father, his difficult relationship with his stepfather, the time he met his hero, and the sense that his own life is reaching a moment of change. A masterclass in tone, atmosphere and control, 'Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine' pays testimony to Thom Jones's unique talent for the short-story form.

Three Types of Solitude :

Life change events

Author - Brian Aldiss
Publisher - Faber Stories
Pages - 48
ISBN - 9780571352500


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Detail - This brief, late trilogy contains much of his lively humour, one improbable invention, and a pervasive sense of loneliness and longing.

The Lydia Steptoe Stories : Faber Stories

Fiction

Author - Djuna Barnes
Publisher - Faber & Faber
Pages - 48
ISBN - 057135467X


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Detail - 'I have quite changed my mind. I am going to run away and become a boy.' In these three stories, written by Djuna Barnes under the pseudonym Lydia Steptoe, three characters find themselves on the brink of a sexual awakening - accompanied by guns, whips, and worldly innuendo. A fourteen-year-old girl plans to become 'a virago', until her mother intercepts her first tryst by dressing up as her male lover. A boy of the same age is lured into the forest by his father's mistress. A woman of forty falls in love and longs to kill herself, so unbearable is the return of the youth she thought she wanted. 'Alice', she tells herself, 'be a man.' Barnes makes gender and desire seem slippery and joyful - and makes the fictional Lydia Steptoe seem like a writer for our time.

Mostly Hero :

Author - Anna Burns
Publisher - Faber Stories
Pages - 144
ISBN - 9780571355822


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