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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679450386, Hardcover)Writer Philip Caputo masters here the difficult but powerful novella form--one that combines the economy and exactness of the short story with the momentum and weight of the novel--to create the three superb narratives that make up Exiles. The stories (titled "Standing In," "Paradise," and "In The Forest of the Laughing Elephant," and telling the stories of a barber in Connecticut, a shipwreck survivor on a wild Australian coast, and a squad of American soldiers in the Vietnamese jungle, respectively) are unrelated on the surface--but all three travel in a weird emotional terrain of alienation reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor.
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A trio of novellas. In Standing In, an elderly couple adopt a young man who resembles their dead son, but the adoption does not work out, Paradise traces the impact of a shipwrecked stranger on a remote island, and In the Forest of the Laughing Elephant soldiers mount an operation during the Vietnam War to rescue a soldier who has been carried off by a tiger. By the author of A Rumor of War.
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