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Granta 101 (Granta #101)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Includes fiction and reports from blitzed Beijing and photographs from the Arctic.
Unknown Binding, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 2008 by Not Avail
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Jul 05, 2015 Declan rated it liked it
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Each of the short stories, by Joshua Ferris, Annie Proulx and Rick Moody, is like a bicycle with a slow puncture. Everything seems good at the start before becoming flat and ineffective. Most of the non-fiction, however, is very good, especially Robert Macfarlane's walk across Beijing, Andrew Hussey's report on life in the Paris banlieues, Owen Sheers examination of the legacy of British H-bomb tests on Christmas Island and Janice Galloway's affecting autobiographical piece. All are worth ...more
May 28, 2008 Lawrence rated it really liked it
Finally, a decent issue of Granta. The last few have been lame. Interesting pieces about the banlieues in Paris, the arctic, the death of a South African pilot, the remaking of Beijing in prep for the Olympics by none other than Albert Speer, Jr., and the H-bomb tests by the Brits in the south Pacific. Also, good story by Rick Bass. Was not impressed by the Annie Proulx or Joshua Ferris stories; the Proulx story was especially filled with non-sequiters that created empty tensions in the story. ...more
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May 19, 2008 Benjamin Little rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys new writing
Recommended to Benjamin by: My classical history professor, Dr. John Donahue, introduced me
I have only just started reading this, but I enjoyed the editor's note at the beginning enough to mention it. Granta is one of my favorite publications. I enjoy short stories and the amalgamation of different high caliber authors into one volume always makes me smile to receive a new issue in the mail.

As I write this I am working through the "Paris Intifada" by Andrew Hussey. Especially timely as I consider Paris a future possible home, his story provides insight and intrigue into the less roma
Jan 02, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
I really liked twelve of the sixteen pieces in this issue, especially Hilary Mantel’s essay “Subject + Object” about an icon purchased in Saudi Arabia that tells so much about her and the culture. Annie Proulx’s “Family Man” about an old man revealing to his granddaughter that his father was a bigamist with four different families and he named all the children with the same names so he wouldn’t get confused was hilarious. Though poetry doesn’t often appear in Granta, I thought Robin Robertson’s ...more
Aug 13, 2010 Chazzbot rated it really liked it
New editor Jason Cowley maintains Granta's literary reputation of "engaging with the present moment." This particular issue (from Spring 2008) contains stronger non-fiction pieces than stories (the Joshua Ferris story is particularly weak), and Janice Galloway contributes to the "I had a shitty childhood" memoir with an excerpt from her work-in-progress. Otherwise, an engaging issue. I particularly enjoyed the harrowing piece by Tim Lott on the murder of a friend, and Owen Sheers' look at the ...more
May 24, 2010 sisterimapoet rated it really liked it
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Great things in this issue, perhaps it was stronger for not having a theme, thus me never quite knowing what to expect next.

I'm always pleasantly surprised when the most beautiful prose arrives in one of the non-fiction pieces. Mantel made her icon appear in my hands. Deblonde and Greenlaw took me to the Arctic and left a piece of me there. Sheers handed me a single image I will never forget.

Ferris left me with the creeps. While Moody left me wanting more.
Oct 12, 2015 Parvathy rated it really liked it
A reading block is best offset by a Granta. This one unusually is not themed. Some terrific pieces though - especially the non-fiction. Early 21st century suburban Paris, where there is literally an intifada; an investigation into a bizarre murder; British nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific; a Beijing that is obliterating its past. Each of them a gem. And the fiction has some lovely ones too - Anne Proulx and Joshua Ferris. All in all, it got me out of my reading slump.
Feb 15, 2010 mm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if I like the new style of editorial with the change in ownership. Maybe I'm just used to Ian Jack . . .
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Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it had a long and distinguished history, publishing the early work of many writers who later became well known, including A. A. Milne, Michael Frayn, ...more
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