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Despair: And Other Stories

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The exquisitely crafted, haunting story collection from theaward-winning author of Childhood.

Following on the heels of his award-winning first novel, Childhood, André Alexis's story collection, Despair, offers further proof of his brilliance and showcases his talent for spinning disturbing but elegant tales.

Emerging from the landscapes and folklores of Trinidad and Canada
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Sabrina
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-gems
As one reviewer mentioned, it is very weird very dark...I didn't know what to expect. Took me awhile to read actually. But I'm glad I did. I wish more writers would take a chance and just go their as Mr. Alexis has done. He is an expert in his craft and I like how he doesn't draw a lot to attention to being a minority (being Black). It's refreshing. I look forward to reading more strangeness.
Jessica
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of hilarious and insightful stories loosely centered on Ottawa. Andre Alexis covers a extremely wide range of themes and ideas in these stories. He deals a lot with death, maternal relationships, morality, love, desire, and self-loathing related especially to the body. It's at times dark and twisted, and maybe a little bit chaotic, but he never stops being funny in his stories.
Brenna Green
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining, just as witty and amusing as it could be scary and mysterious. A very good read.
Allison
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Pastoral (nominated for t ...more
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