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Talking About It
by Tim Parks
The title story of this collection, "Talking about It," presents two friends, George and Michael, meeting ritually in a pub every night after a game of squash. While George recounts his increasingly extravagant sexual experiences, Michael listens on, meditating on how to redeem his uneventful life. But one day, the tables turn, and Michael finds a way to transfix his frien ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Hesperus Press
(first published March 1st 2005)
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A nice collection of short stories by Tim Parks. My favorites in this collection were those with a twist toward the end that gave insight into the lead character and his or her life. In one, the main character was native of a English town who escaped his life's disappointments and the degradations of his town by kayaking down the increasingly polluted river. The end features a surprising encounter with three eastern european immigrants who represented his perception of the decline of his town an ...more
Conjunto de relatos cortos con una línea común entre Inglaterra e Italia. Personajes de media edad, derrotados, entre las clases sociales, la ausencia de hijos, la familia y la sensación de provisionalidad perpetua.
Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He has written eleven novels including Europa, Destiny, Cleaver and, most recently, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, as well as three non-fiction accounts of life in northern Italy (most recently A Season with Verona), a collection of 'narrative' essays, ...moreMore about Tim Parks...