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Granta 123: The Best of Young British…

Granta 123: The Best of Young British Novelists 4

by John Freeman (Editor)

Series: Granta (123)

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Overall an interesting collection but the quality is fairly uneven. It did introduce me to some new and interesting authors: Anam, Alderman, Mohamed, Wyld, Thirlwell, Hall 8 Apr 2017

Shamsie: Vipers - sharply observed tale on the hypocrisy and racism on Indian troops fighting in WWI.
Beauman: Glow - sordid little story with no redeeming features
Anam: Anwar gets everything - interesting account of a Bangladeshi labourer in the Gulf
Alderman: Soon and in our days - very funny tale of the return of the prophet Elijah to Hendon but the point was either too obvious or too subtle
Mohamed: Filsan - fine portrait of a Somalian female revolutionary captures complexities and contradictions
Szalay: Europa - A well-crafted portrayal of the emotional - and actual - inarticulateness of two men and a woman as they drift into prostitution
Wyld: After the hedland - Nicely nuanced account of workers on an Australian sheep station
Selasi: Driver - Somewhat confusing examination of the relationships between a Ghanaian chauffeur, his boss and their families
Thirlwell: Slow motion - Absorbing juxtaposition of the ordinary response to the extroardinary as Ed wakes up next to a dying woman he has never seen before
Hall: The end of endings - Intriguing double taster with a videocam observation and a writer offered a strange commission
Markovits: you don't have to live like this - Unremarkable if perceptive walk through relationships between a bunch of Yale students
Kavenna: Tomorrow - "Be yourself. Unless you are a lone weirdo. Then be someone else". The lone weirdo from Streatham Hill.
Smith: Just right - interesting Bildungsroman observation of the power and complexity of mother/son relationships. With puppets.
Hall: The reservation - ditto, except this time its a mother/daughter relationship from an adult perspective. And with wolves.
Guo: Interim zone - overly short tale of a Chinese boy driven into exile by an uncaring father
Oyeyemi: Boy, snow, bird - Difficult to place tale of a bookshop assistant's birthday party
Fagan: Zephrys - No idea what this is about and no interest in finding out.
Sahota: Arrivals - fine depiction of various reactions to cultures, sub-cultures and changes therein.
Raisin: - Submersion - town flooded, Dad dead, so what? ( )
  alanca | Apr 19, 2016 |
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Kazuo Ishiguro, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, David Mitchell, Salmon Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Rose Tremain, Will Self, Jeannette Winterson...long before they were household names, they were Granta Best of Young British Novelists.

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