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A Classic of Alienation
on 6 January 2010
This book contains four stories, Typhoon and Falk being novellas, and the short stories Amy Foster and Tomorrow. Most people are probably aware of Typhoon, and to a lesser extent Amy Foster, and this book is a good blend of land and sea tales.
Most people will think of Typhoon and the fantastic description of the actual storm, but this like the other stories in the book is not really the main part of the tale - it is what to do with the fate of the coolies that the ship is carrying. Indeed all the tales in this book deal with alienation, misunderstanding and prejudice. After all how can anyone not be struck with how the survivor is looked upon in Amy Foster, sometimes as almost a beast, and other times as more or less invisible.
All the stories in this book are similar in that respect and that is why they are all gripping, and why they are still relevant. After all my sister is currently working Stateside and she is causing much amusement amongst the Americans by using our everyday expressions - it is almost like she is used as a thing of amusement. She even said that they sit there in the office using the urban dictionary website to decipher the correct meaning of our English expressions. This book is a must read if you are at all interested in cultural differences, and is very psychological. All in all this is a great book that you will want to keep and read many times.