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A few short notes on tropical butterflies

Author: John Murray
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this debut collection, John Murray meshes fact with fiction, taking his inspiration from the worlds of science, medicine, and nature. The stories are set in locations across the globe - a cholera tent in the slums of Bombay, a United Nations refugee camp in the mountains of Africa, a Key West hideaway - where his characters, among them doctors, nurses, research scientists, explorers, and collectors, can be found  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Murray
ISBN: 0060509287 9780060509286
OCLC Number: 50129396
Description: 274 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The hill station --
All the rivers in the world --
A few short notes on tropical butterflies --
White flour --
Watson and the shark --
The carpenter who looked like a boxer --
Blue --
Acts of wisdom, wisdom of man.
Responsibility: John Murray.
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"In this debut collection, John Murray meshes fact with fiction, taking his inspiration from the worlds of science, medicine, and nature. The stories are set in locations across the globe - a cholera tent in the slums of Bombay, a United Nations refugee camp in the mountains of Africa, a Key West hideaway - where his characters, among them doctors, nurses, research scientists, explorers, and collectors, can be found reading The Manual of Clinical Microbiology or Gray's Anatomy or the Complete Textbook of Psychiatry." "And yet, despite the pull of the outer world, these stories are all about the internal world of emotions - love, loss, obsession, and conflict - and about families and how they survive. They unfold to tell of moments when people catch glimpses of their real selves, their pasts, and have flashes of understanding about their lives. In "The Hill Station," an American-born scientist is drawn to Bombay, the homeland of her parents, where she breaks free from the confines of her well-ordered life. The title story tells of an aging surgeon who uses his grandfather's collection of butterflies to try and make sense of his past. In "Blue," a young man - still haunted by the tragic death of his father years earlier - traverses the Himalayan mountain that would have been his father's last climb. In "Acts of Memory, Wisdom of Man," the son of Indian immigrants relives the summer of 1968, and the events that determined his brother's fate."--Jacket.

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