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The Gifts of War

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'Her feelings for the child redeemed her from bitterness, and shed some light on the dark industrial terraces and the waste lands of the city's rubble.'

One of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation, Margaret Drabble is an unmatched observer of postwar English lives, portraying social change, sexual liberation, landscape, class and the messy complications of human

Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mark Easton
As part of Penguin's mini modern classics collection, Margret Drabble's The Gifts of War is a svelte collection of two short stories: The Gifts of War and Hassan's tower.

The Gifts of War tells of a brief journey through the barren wasteland of the human condition. Focusing on the how survival instinct demands we cling to whatever meaning we can find in the chaotic seas of humanity, the story revolves thematically around violence, and its place in the heart of our personal, social, and educationa
The two short stories in this collection follow the relatively mundane activities of the main characters, such that their behavior reflects on the nature of their lives. Her characters are so consumed with themselves that they lend themselves to study. It's a surprisingly effective method, and by the end of these short stories there are plenty of viable readings.
due racconti molto belli e delicati che hanno, in modo completamente diverso, a che fare con l'infelicità. scrittura limpida.
Matt Kelly
I enjoyed the first story, but I thought Hassan's Tower was spine tinglingly brilliant!
Johnny B. Rempit
More like 3.5 stars actually.
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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.

Drabble has famously been engaged in a long-running feud with her novelist sister, A.S. Byatt, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea-set in one of her nove
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