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Fascination

Author: William Boyd
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exploring the ways a life can be dominated by a need for love and the torments that arise when love is misplaced or denied, these 14 stories include the supernaturally inflected ("A Haunting," "Visions Fugitives"), the Chekhovian bittersweet ("The Woman on the Beach with a Dog"), the PoMo urban spiel ("Beulah Berlin, an A-Z") and the comedy of dogged lechery. The last is represented by "Adult Video," which,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Boyd, William, 1952-
Fascination.
London : Hamish Hamilton, 2004
(OCoLC)607256767
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Boyd
ISBN: 0241142903 9780241142905 0241143039 9780241143032
OCLC Number: 56646544
Description: 208 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: William Boyd.

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Exploring the ways a life can be dominated by a need for love and the torments that arise when love is misplaced or denied, these 14 stories include the supernaturally inflected ("A Haunting," "Visions Fugitives"), the Chekhovian bittersweet ("The Woman on the Beach with a Dog"), the PoMo urban spiel ("Beulah Berlin, an A-Z") and the comedy of dogged lechery. The last is represented by "Adult Video," which, structured according to a video-recorder's functions ("Play," "Pause," "Fast-Forward," etc.)l form, records the infidelity of one Edward, a cynical graduate student, and "Fascination," in which the same Edward, married to the girlfriend he cheated on, bungles a brief foray as a freelance journalist by making a pass at a young interviewee. "A Haunting" uses an old horror motif (a man is possessed by the spirit of another man) to illuminate the character of architect Alex Rief. Dispossession animates "The Ghost of a Bird," in which a Doctor Moran observes the brief recovery and sudden death of a young brain-damaged soldier, Gerald Gault. Gault, who published a short story shortly before being injured in 1944, has, in his brief recovery, confused his life with that story.

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