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Granta 109: Work (Granta #109)

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Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the Industrial Revolution is, for better or for worse, our inclination to define who were are by what we do, and this essential new issue of Granta will lay bare the intrinsic link between work and identity.

From the jobless to the workaholics, from the hard work of dying to the landscape work has created out of office parks and suburbs,
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Grove Press, Granta (first published December 1st 2009)
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I liked about two-thirds of the pieces in this issue of Granta. The theme was “Work” and all the pieces related to this topic in one way or another. My favorite was a short story by Brad Watson entitled “Vacuum” about three boys trying to cope with their parents’ separation. I love the narrator’s voice. I got a real kick out of Salmon Rushdie’s “Notes on Sloth” even though he does have a tendency to be a bit academic (or maybe that’s what made it so humorous). He even included a pix of himself
Aug 21, 2010 Shefali rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a work week--on the bus and train to the office and back. I was terribly moved by Daniel Alarcon's article on book piracy in Peru and Joshua Ferris' story 'The Unnamed.' Steven Hall's essay, 'What I Think About When I Think About Robots' taught me a lot more about humans than robots. Humans wilt and die without reciprocation, connection and some sort of continuity- this is why we seek it even in machines. Perhaps the weakest link for me were the random notes about Sloth by ...more
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Great essay by Daniel Alarcon entitled "Life Among the Pirates"
Feb 03, 2010 Lera rated it really liked it
The best of these stories were all windows on other lives.

'Life Among the Pirates' tells us what has happened to the Peruvian book trade and why.
'Tommy' gives a glimpse of life in a paper factory
'What I Think When I Think About Robots' dragged a bit, but did guide me to some entertaining ALICE videos on Youtube
Rushdie's notes on Sloth were somewhat dull for me
Ponte City pics fascinating
The Work of War, on the Rwandan genocide, was the most distressing.
The Unnamed, on a mysterious walking ailmen
Mar 17, 2010 Lawrence rated it liked it
My favorites for this issue: Alarcon's story of book piracy in Peru, especially his own ambivalent feelings as an author; Rushdie on sloth (guess I have to read Oblomov now); Brad Watson's Vacuum; All That Follows by Jim Crace; and Essex Clay by Peter Stothard. I was bored by Steven Hall's What I Think About When I Think About Robots. And, as far as I'm concerned Joshua Ferris can stop writing now as he has so little to actually say in his novels.
Feb 07, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Daniel Alarcon about book pirates in Peru, Jim Crace's All That Follows, V.V Ganeshananthan's story of a doctor among the Tamil Tigers, Salman Rusdie on Sloth and Aminatta Forna's tale of the quixotic campaigns of a Sierra Leonean Veterinarian are among the best pieces in this volume.
Apr 17, 2010 ·Karen· marked it as partially-read
I'm going to consign this one to the partially-read shelf. Funny how work didn't grab me nearly as much as sex.
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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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