The Shell Collector Hardcover – 18 Nov 2002
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'Perilously beautiful, precise and elegant… Doerr can describe a woman running through a Tanzanian forest with the careful specificity of a scientist and the awe of a poet; he can give you a sunrise with the glory-bound colours of apricot and gold, and two pages later you're meeting a young woman in Idaho, who falls in love with the metal-eater at the country fair… Breathtaking.' Boston Globe
'Remarkable… Reminiscent of Annie Proulx's wonderful Close Range and Andrea Barrett's Ship Fever, The Shell Collector illuminates both the riotous dangers of the natural world and the rocky terrain of the human heart, thrusting us into environments we can only hope to control.' LA Times
‘Doerr's prose dazzles, his sinewy sentences blending the naturalist's unswerving gaze with the poet's gift for metaphor. And it does so from the very beginning, opening with such a sensual description of shells that it's almost a shock to discover, a page later, that the character ''seeing'' them is blind.‘ New York Times
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'His fingers dug the shell up, he felt the sleek egg of its body, the toothy gap of its aperture. It was the most elegant thing he'd ever held. "That's a mouse cowry," the doctor said. "A lovely find. It has brown spots, and darker stripes at its base, like tiger stripes. You can't see it, can you?" But he could. He'd never seen anything so clearly in his life.’
In this assured, exquisite debut, Anthony Doerr takes readers from the African coast to the suburbs of Ohio, from sideshow pageantry to harsh wilderness survival, conjuring nature in both its beautiful abundance and its crushing power. The blind hero of the title story spends his days roaming the beaches of Kenya, his fingers ploughing through sandy granules of grace and intrigue, his German shepherd at his side. And then there are whale-watchers and fishermen, hunters and mystics, living lives uncompleted or undone, caught, memorably, as they turn toward the reader.
A natural storyteller, Doerr explores the human dilemma in all its manifestations: longing, grief, indecision, heartbreak and slow, slow recuperation. Shimmering with elegance and invention, The Shell Collector is an enchanting and imaginative book by a young writer just setting off on what will surely be a hugely compelling literary odyssey.See all Product description
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on 6 January 2016
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I love the details -also just finished the Four Seasons in Rome" - best ever! I feel like I should be visiting Rome again. Anthony Doerr, you are now my favourite author. May I come and say hello when next in Eagle, ID? I go there every thanksgiving from London, to visit one of my daughters. Another is a chief editor of a NY literary magazine- " Epiphany".
on 11 April 2017
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I use worderly as I have found them to be consistently reliable and enjoy the personal touch of a book plate and book mark. I am enjoying this book very much, I find Anyhony Doerr's books so descriptive and readable.
on 9 September 2017
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Anthony Doerr is a master story teller and this compilation of his short stories displays his talents admirably. A gem of a book.
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Each story is beautifully written and leaves you wanting more. The characters are intriguing and the imagery thought provoking. A great read.
First book I've ever reviewed on amazon. Read it because I'd loved All the Light. A wonderful collection of short stories. Really haunting.Read more
Wonderful collection. Bought after reading the sublime All the light we cannot see, which I also thoroughly recommend .
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