The Other Language

The Other Language


Book - 2014
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Hailed by The New York Times as "a natural-born storyteller," the acclaimed author of Rules of the Wild gives us nine incandescently smart stories, funny, elegant, and poignant by turns, that explore the power of change--in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures--to reveal unexpected aspects of ourselves.
Taking us to Venice during film festival season, where a woman buys a Chanel dress she can barely afford; to a sun-drenched Greek village at the height of the summer holidays, where a teenager encounters the shocks of first love; and to a classical dance community in southern India, where a couple gives in to the urge to wander, these remarkable tales bring to life characters stepping outside their boundaries into new passions and destinies. Enlivened by Francesca Marciano's wit, clear eye, and stunning evocations of people and places, The Other Language is an enthralling tour de force rich with many pleasures.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780307908360
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Short stories. Selections


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Jun 21, 2016

A very good collection of stories. A number of them has similar paths; meeting a friend, lover, after a number of years, the emotions then and now, unconsummated desire, attraction without destruction.
Humour is mixed with seriousness.

gramercygal Sep 04, 2014

I really enjoyed this book of short stories. Simple and well written.

While the author is Italian she has a very fluid command of the English language. Her stories reflect conflicts people have with other languages or in different countries.

You some itmes ask yourself, "what would I have done in this instance".

All the stories were very different but all were interesting.

I would highly recommend this book.

madison382 Jul 30, 2014

I am not really a fan of short stories, but these stories will stay with me for a long time. Really wish all these stories were regular novels. Francesca Marciano is an excellent writer, can't wait to read more of her books.


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