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Besieged [Paperback]

James Lasdun

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; New Ed edition (21 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039332074X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393320749
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These narratives are set against a variety of backdrops - from the teeming banks of the Ganges to a homeless shelter in New York. In "Ate/Menos" or "The Miracle", a young man takes advantage of a woman who mistakes him for someone else. In "The Siege", a wealthy recluse falls in love.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Theme of Possession and Loss of Free Will Pervades 1 Feb 2003
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Pointing to the major themes that are present in his masterpiece of a novel The Horned Man, these stories capture an array of seemingly normal people who become possessed by urges, compulsions, life forces, unsavory spirits, and uncanny inclinations that defy their quest for a decent life. Lasdun's stories skewer the notion of free will and seem to say that attempts to defy our destiny, our true urges, will only make those urges stronger. Thus the theme of repression and its discontents runs through all these stories, which are magical, plot-driven and told with poetic acuteness. If you like to read about characters consumed by obsessions as they face the consequences of their repression, you will like this sterling collection.
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