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The Old Man on the Beach and Other Stories by [Powell, D K]
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Length: 246 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Twenty-two short fiction stories and semi-fictional essays which individually stand alone but together takes the reader on an imaginary journey from childhood in 1980s Britain to adulthood as a teacher, to life in Bangladesh and finally to old age (and beyond) in contemporary Britain.

Separate characters, narrators and scenarios present different fictional ideas yet hidden within each is a kernel of truth, deliberately masked, about the author behind them all. Here we meet schoolboys hiding from witches, terrified teachers, dangerous school Heads, magical instruments, mysterious prisons and (extra)ordinary women - yet everything has some basis in reality. The stories explore difficult themes such as childhood innocence, abuse, sex, love, religion and death.

Some stories and essays connect together to form a chronological thread while others contradict each other or imagine alternative lives. All of them are intended to amuse or challenge the reader's understanding of life and, if they take the time to look closely, to reveal pencil marks hidden behind the paint.

Contains some strong language and adult content.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1019 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0995712123
  • Publisher: Shopno Sriti Media (17 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XCMW9VY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and striking writing in this collection 19 March 2017
By C. Hope Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Poignant and striking writing in this collection of shorts from Ken Powell. While I did not grow up in the UK, I could appreciate the vignettes of the man's life, from youth to autumn years. His descriptions of characters touch the heart and the nerve, depending on which side of the scale he intended. I particularly loved the descriptions of his teachers. We all had those, regardless their names. Quite lyrical is his prose, with depth, such that you didn't want to rush the story for fear of missing the sweetness of the telling. Highly recommended for those who love short prose.

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