THEY NEVER TOLD ME, AND OTHER STORIES
Austin Clarke. 216 pages
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Austin Clarke is one of the truly significant teller of tales of our time, and in this remarkable collection of eight stories he deftly explores, through his characters, human nature and sensibilities, among them a sweet longing for youth and an anxiety-stricken rage at old age; an immigrants recurring memories for a placid, lost home, unbalanced by his lust for a new high speed motorcar life; and an intellectuals sense of empowerment by black history even as he watches what little he knows about such history engulf him. These are intense and private lives made public by the force of their individual voices, voices that may be rambunctious and fractious but that are, nonetheless, elegant in their intent and humor and their acceptance that is never acquiescence. The volume concludes with a prose portrait of Austin Clarke, by acclaimed author Barry Callaghan."He has forcefully demonstrated that distance can sharpen a writers focus and deepen perceptions." Globe and Mail
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