The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr's acclaimed debut collection take listeners from the African coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties—metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts—and conjures nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of his characters contend with tremendous hardship; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the mysteries of the universe outside themselves.
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The whorls, chambers, and ribs of the seashell are an elegance unto themselves, but if man-made beauty can come anywhere close to this, Anthony Doerr's short stories would be perfect candidates. His debut collection, The Shell Collector, sets such high standards, sentence to sentence, that it is more like the private architecture of shells than like the random borrowings, sexual details, and flashes of insight that make up the bulk of contemporary fiction. The title story is about a blind man of 58, a scholar of shells (malacology), who retires to an isolated beach-side hut in Kenya, but then accidentally discovers a cure for a major illness in the often-deadly stings of the cone snail. "The Hunter's Wife," a second small masterpiece, describes the marriage of a Montana hunter and his much younger, psychically gifted wife. There are more conventional pieces here; well-written, resonating stories that do not attempt the sweep or descriptive wealth of "The Shell Collector," although they are still at the level of the best realistic fiction that is being published now in America. --Regina MarlerAbout the Author:
Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
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Descripción Flamingo, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. EX-LIBRARY. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0002465229
Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR002627282
Descripción 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing, number-line to # 1 (Flamingo, 2002) **UNREAD** Orange boards are As New, sharp corners. Spine is Fine, no creasing, bright gold lettering, Mild push to top of head. Pages are crisp with no writing, no folding, Tanned as is always the case in this title. Has a silk ribbon place marker. Dust Jacket is Fine, 99% as new, Price intact and protected in a clear archival cover. ISBN 0007146965 **I take personal pride in accurate, honest descriptions and grading. I always carefully ship in well padded boxes, provide free delivery tracking and always smoke-free!**. Nº de ref. de la librería HB10177
Descripción Hardcover. Estado de conservación: As New. First Edit. Nº de ref. de la librería K-667-04
Descripción Flamingo, London, 2002. Hardcover. First British edition. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Light wear to the extremities of the jacket. The first book by the author of All The Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015 and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2014. Shell Collector was a well received collection of stories and the winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Young Writers Award. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page. Nº de ref. de la librería 27711