The Ugliest House in the World
By (author) Peter Ho Davies
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Ugliest House in the World by Peter Ho Davies
Book DescriptionBorn in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Peter Ho Davies writes stories that not only reflect his multinational heritage but delight in their own odd juxtapositions. Moving fluidly from the present to the past, from Coventry to Kuala Lumpur, from moral seriousness to broad comedy, these varied tales are united by an elegant intelligence, a sly sense of humor, and a deeply humanistic feeling for the mystery and grace of inner lives. In the heartbreaking title story, a rural community in North Wales copes with a child's death and learns the reach of guilt. "The Silver Screen" follows the fortunes of a group of ragtag rebels in Malaya whose hapless effort to join a communist uprising plays like an outtake from the Keystone Kops. In the collection's central novella, "A Union, " a slate miner laid off during a prolonged strike struggles with the complex strains on his marriage. Consequential events touch all these affecting characters in ways both surprising and profound.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780395924808
(197mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Ho Davies
Welsh Girl, Paperback (December 2007)
The acclaimed first novel from one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2003, a powerful tale of love, war and divided loyalties
Equal Love, Paperback (January 2001)» View all books by Peter Ho Davies
These stories range across a series of backgrounds- from a Chinese son gambling with professional mourners to a couple who experience a close encounter with an alien. The characters share an instantly recognisable sense of displacement - these are children of one century, adults of the next.
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