N in language in image and in character His story The Necessary Strength illustrates vulnerability better than anything i ve ever read and it brought me to tears At the same time there is a ream like uality to these stories and there is wonder he gives the reader a Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family dictionary of light a field guide to the sea and the lost map of human nature I worry that this will sound hyperbolic but Ion t remember ever relating to or empathizing with characters as much as i Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel do through these stories The protagonists or the subjects of the stories are often broken and they know it Or they are attempting to heal this was my introduction to Mr Constantine s writing I will seek out of it especially his poetry This work is above all a work of poetry Surprised to see that Iid not review this A rich Uprising Emerge Series discovery for me of a new author A very varied group of short stories some better than others as always happens in a collection with an emphasis on themes of aging loss and isolation Several stories including the brilliant heartbreaking and original title story were among the best things I ve read this year. Of the heart in moments ofefiance change resistance flight isolation and redemption these stories emonstrate again and again Constantine's timeless and enduring appeal.
I just wanted to read the first story in this collection since it is the basis for the film 45 Years Well written worth a read Beautifully written short stories published by Windsor s own Biblioasis Would love to read Constantine s novel Davies A very special collection Each story is ifferent unexpected and well put together in every way Bit of a chore for me to get through but could just be me Many of the stories I just Dare To Be Hero didn t get what was going on Not a big fan of the no punctuationialog because makes it hard for me to know whose talking or even if anyone is I Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale did like some of the stories which were mostly themed around loneliness and brooding but on a wholeidn t enjoy that much That said there is some redeeming value and I think those with The (Underground) Railroad in African American Literature different brains could capture that nuances better than I could I can see that these stories are beautifuly written and that the language used is exuisite but I justidn t enjoy them and gave up after reading about two thirds of them I ordered the book from the library after watching the film 45 Years to see what the source material was. Featuring the story adapted into the Academy Award nominated film 45 YEARSThe first American publication by one of the greatest living fiction masters In Another Country
Like and that was interesting to compare but the rest of the stories just Handbook for Teaching African Literature African Writers didn t grip me The overall air of melancholy was relentless and I realised I was just waiting for some light relief to brighten the gloom But I can understand why others have feted this book so try it for yourself From BBC Radio 4 DramaTom Courtenay reads this story in which a young woman falls to hereath in the Alps Sixty years later the man who accompanied her receives a letter A body has been Indiras Objective Agronomy MCQs for Agricultural Competitive Examinations discovered But what was the relationship of these two na ve teenagers And how will memories of their flight from Nazi Germany affect this man s relationship with his long suffering wifeDavid Constantine s masterful story of unearthed memories In Another Country was the inspiration behind the recent Oscar nominated film 45 Years starring Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Ramplinghttpswwwbbccoukradioplayb075 Every time I read short stories I am grateful that they weren t made into long ones Mr Constantine moves into my top tenshort story writers list with this heady work David Constantine is an expert in precision precisio. Pans David Constantine's remarkable thirty year career Known for their pristine emotional clarity their spare but intensely evocativeialogue and their fearless exposures.
Born in Salford in 1944 David Constantine worked for thirty years as a university teacher of German language and literature He has published several volumes of poetry most recently Nine Fathom Deep 2009 He is a translator of Hölderlin Brecht Goethe Kleist Michaux and Jaccottet In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Lighter Than Air won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for Eu