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Tales from the White Hart (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Short Stories)

Tales from the White Hart (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Short Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
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In the White Hart Pub in London just north of Fleet Street, Harry Purvis holds court-a consummate tall-tale teller who always has a good story up his sleeve. He is joined by science fiction writers Samuel Youd, John Wyndham, and Clarke himself-all under pseudonyms, and all trying to outdo each other with their outlandish tales of science and invention.

Inspired by the Jorkens collections by Lord Dunsany, this collection of stories is Clarke's third-and, while they were written in locations as diverse as New York and Sydney, they all have a distinctly English flavor. Written by one of the genre's most important authors, Tales of the White Hart is sure to delight Clarke fans, lovers of science fiction, and anyone who appreciates a good tall tale.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (30 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #409,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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"Tales From the White Heart" brings some true fun into science fiction reading; a break from the deadly serious which is so often the hallmark of sci-fi. Like tall tales of the old west, the stories here are almost believeable, which makes them perfect for the English Pub background. Presented in short-story form, the book makes easy evening reading. I highly recommend "Tales From the White Heart" for both serious and casual sci-fi readers, from adolescent up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atypical but brilliant 23 April 2008
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First, this (the PS publishing edition) is a beautiful book. The publishers have done a grand job. I first read the stories in this book in pb many more years ago than I care to remember, but coming to them again, when the world, and science, has moved on, I still found them amusing and (just) credible. I remember thinking when I first read them that I wish Clarke had produced more. Well, he has - just one more, up to date and in this volume. The stories are not very typical of his writing, but brilliant nonetheless, and just show what we have lost with Clarke's death. RIP a master storyteller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent short story collection. 11 Mar 2009
Harry Purvis, wit, raconteur... every good pub should have one. The White Hart isn't a good pub. It's a bit stuffy and full of scientists, but it does have Harry. So settle down for the evening, order a drink, and prepare to be amazed as Harry relates tales of wonder in far off places. And every word of it is totally true, or then again perhaps not.
Clarke's short story style is an enjoyable one, being different from his rather formal and often pretentious novels. His stories are always short, always tongue-in-cheek, and nearly always depend for their impact on a great last line. This collection shows off this talent. Each tale is about ten pages long. They are all amusing in a sly, offbeat manner and they are all thoroughly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny book! 22 Aug 2000
There is not so much to add to the fact that this is a great and VERY funny collection of short-stories, from the days when Clarke was a master of sci-fi. Go buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! 8 Jan 2013
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Wonderful, charming, and yet containing sombre notes within its outrageous tall tales depicted with wit & warmth. Though there have been comparisons between these stories with others in 'Dunsany'-an style, I found these unique, because even the most fantastic of the concepts were presented in language so close to actual scientific stuff (as our narrator recounts, Harry Purvis' tales are so strange that they can only be true) that these stories are examples of literal science-fiction, rather than those of fantasy. Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tales of the white hart 12 Nov 2012
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A fun series of short stories by Arthur Clark. A must for science fiction lovers. I had read it long ago but lost the book. Tried to find it for a long time to no avail. Thanks to Amazon I have been able to get it again. I am really happy to have it again in my library.
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