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Learning to Swim and Other Stories (1982)

by Graham Swift

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The men and women in these spare, Kafkaesque stories are engaged in struggles that are no less brutal because they are fought by proxy. In Graham Swift's taut prose, these quiet combative relationships--between a mismatched coup an aging doctor and his hypochondriacal patient; a teenage refugee swept up in the conflict between an oppressively sentimental father and his rebellious son--become a microcosm for all human cruelty and need. & " Swift proves throughout this ambitious collection that he is a master of his language and the construction of provocative situations.& " -- Houston Chronicle… (more)
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Beautifully written stories of human relationships. Disturbing stories in some sense and yet familiar. Readers who only like satisfying endings will not like these, however, readers who enjoy excellent writing, keen observations, and reality (well almost for the last story) may enjoy this unusual collection. The author's masterful writing floats readers along to thoughtful endings.

I'd recommend this literary collection to readers who enjoy same. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
well-written stories
  kenmueller40 | Sep 8, 2008 |
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The men and women in these spare, Kafkaesque stories are engaged in struggles that are no less brutal because they are fought by proxy. In Graham Swift's taut prose, these quiet combative relationships--between a mismatched coup an aging doctor and his hypochondriacal patient; a teenage refugee swept up in the conflict between an oppressively sentimental father and his rebellious son--become a microcosm for all human cruelty and need. & " Swift proves throughout this ambitious collection that he is a master of his language and the construction of provocative situations.& " -- Houston Chronicle

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