The appearance of Zoë Wicomb’s first set of short stories, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, precipitated the founding of a fan club that has come to include the writers Toni Morrison, J.M. Coetzee, Bharati Mukherjee, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, as well as critics at the New York Times, the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the Christian ScieThe appearance of Zoë Wicomb’s first set of short stories, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, precipitated the founding of a fan club that has come to include the writers Toni Morrison, J.M. Coetzee, Bharati Mukherjee, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, as well as critics at the New York Times, the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the Christian Science Monitor. Now, after two novels, Wicomb returns to the genre that first brought her international acclaim.Set mostly in Cape Town and Glasgow, Wicomb’s new collection of short stories straddles dual worlds. An array of characters drawn with extraordinary acuity inhabits a complexly interconnected, twenty-first-century universe. The twelve stories in this collection, most previously unpublished, explore a spectrum of human relationships: marriage, friendship, family ties, and relations with those who serve and are served. Wicomb’s intriguing characters include the adolescent girl Elsie, navigating between her new life in the icy city of Glasgow and her family’s vexed history in South Africa, and Dot and Julie, a pair of friends once united by the color of their skin and now discovering how time and marriage have divided their paths. Wicomb’s fluid, shifting technique questions conventional certainties and makes for exhilarating reading, full of ironic twists, ambiguities, and moments of startling insight.Long awaited, The One That Got Away showcases this brilliant, award-winning author at the height of her powers....
|Title||:||The One That Got Away|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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The One That Got Away Reviews
Read for Contemporary Postcolonial Writing.Having loved Wicomb's 'David's Story', I was really keen to read her collection of short stories. Having not read a collection of short stories for a long time, I didn't know what I'd think of it but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the way a linked narrative moved through the stories, and her writing style worked really well within these little snapshot stories. I really enjoyed this one!
Some of the short stories were interesting, others less so. The Scotland/South Africa connection is one that few Americans readers might know about, so for that reason it has some historical interest. I'm glad I had a chance to read this writer, whose reputation is increasing.
Shittiest read ever. So boring and pointless. Your time would honestly be better spent getting repeatedly punched in the throat.