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A World of Difference: An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents Paperback – 2 Jul 2008
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An anthology of 15 previously published contemporary short stories by distinguished writers including as V.S. Naipaul, Zadie Smith and Peter Carey.
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LYNDA PRESCOTT is Senior Lecturer in Literature, The Open University, UK.
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The theme of the anthology is, of course, 'difference'. This echoes a lot of the material in the 'Cultural Encounters' block of AA100 and throughout U214, and is meant to focus on the many varieties of English around the world, uniting people in one lingua franca, whilst also planting seeds of prejudice when cultural norms are either challenged or ignored. 'A World of Difference' explores the short story genre across the five continents of America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, and provides voices from many cultures and ethnic groups that resonate experiences of migration and community presence.Read more ›
Particular favourites included Rohinton Mistry's 'Squatter', a delightful story about an Indian chef in America, Peter Carey's 'American Dreams', a dark tale about a small Australian town, and Alan Sillitoe's 'Pit Strike', an emotional tale about a miner supporting his colleagues.
The stories are all of high quality; but a few of them are open-ended, and when they are, that detracted a little from my enjoyment of them: personally, I like a short story to have a shape which includes a satisfying conclusion.
I purchased this book as part of my OU course in Arts Past & Present, which centered on one story in particular regarding freedom of a chap from India in 1960's America. That in itself was a fantastic story and an interesting insight in to a different culture from our own.
As for the other stories, I have had a quick glance through and I will definitely be revisiting some in the future. A nice little book to expand your mind if you like that idea!
Some favourite authors are in there: Alan Sillitoe and V.S. Naipaul, however I have been enriched by the stories from authors whose works I hadn't read before and will be looking to read more.
I looked forward to reading this book in the evenings after a tiring day and will re-read my favourites again. Highly recommended.
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Great literature and part of open university A A 100 syllabusPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a cute and well organised piece. There are introductions to each author and you can see the link between each short story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer