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Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology

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Twenty-four stories by renowned international authors chronicle the modern struggle for identity among young people around the globe.
Following in the footsteps of the highly successful "Coming of Age in America," this collection of twenty-four stories from around the world is a wonderful introduction to literature rarely available to American readers. Editors Faith Adiele
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by New Press, The
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A stunningly good anthology with an inspiring range of authors and life experience and narrative strategy represented. I'm going to use it for an undergraduate Autobiographical Writing course I'm teaching in the fall. Introduced me to a slew of writers I didn't know about -- and need to go find. Used in a college Autobiographical Writing class and the students really enjoyed it; it improved their writing immensely.
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This book was a great idea in theory.

The theory: Bring together stories from around the world by rarely translated international voices. Publish it in an anthology. Sell it.

The reality: The stories didn't bother me so much as the editorial choices. First, the stories weren't short stories. They were excerpts from longer works of fiction, which means you never really finished a story. You just get to taste it, barely. I barely got a whiff of the author's voice, style and story before the excerpt
Jun 07, 2008 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa by: the library
I really like the stories from this anthology. I came upon it at the library by accident when I was looking at the new arrival shelves on the way in. I've been looking from some different coming-of-age pieces for classes and usually find the same stories that everyone uses. They are typically the older, classic stories. This book has some great stories from around the world and most of them are newer pieces. There are excerpts from novels as well as short stories. It even includes an excerpt fro ...more
Apr 10, 2010 n rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cultural studies critics, everyone
The premise of this book is fascinating. However, it's hard to put as much stock into this anthology as one would like. As the editors acknowledge, all of the literature is submitted by authors well immersed in Western society, which handicaps them somewhat in my opinion.

It didn't meet my standards because I'm asking for a lot more than the average reader.
This book brought back a lot of junior high memories that I'm not sure I wanted to remember, but some of the stories were really good.
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