The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios
Number of page: 256
Publisher: Canongate Books
This superb collection, hailed for its power, compassion and elegance, takes in the wide sweep of human experience. From the last hours of a condemned man, to the imaginary life of an AIDS patient, to the first performance of a bizarre new symphony, Yann Martel’s stories are moving, thought-provoking and as inventive in form as they are timeless in content. They display the startling mix of dazzle and depth that has made him an international phenomenon.
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THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS This mixed-bag of three stories and a novella first appeared in 1993, nine years before its Canadian author’s Booker Prize winner, Life of Pi.The stories are comparatively weak. “Manners of Dying” contains alternative versions of the letter a prison warden must send to the mother of a young convict over whose execution he presides. A few of the several scenarios (describing the prisoner’s reaction
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Review: The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios In the forward of THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS, Yann Martel, who is best known for his novel LIFE OF PI, shares how he spent years honing his craft and writing short stories and plays, some more successful than others. Now he has collected four of his best earlier stories (written in the 1980s) in a slender volume that packs an emotional and creative punch. The title novella finds two
- Debbie Moore
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios Great reading, heartwarming and heart stopping all in one go.
LibraryThing Review Some of these stories had promise, but none of them felt finished or fully fleshed-out to me.
LibraryThing Review Those of you who seek to find the magic of Life of Pi: look no further. It isn’t here. This is a book of short stories that was published in the wake of Life of Pi, when there was no sequel ready, and
LibraryThing Review From the title novella to the ending story, Martel’s work here is graceful and fascinating. His introduction might note that these are early and less masterful works than that which has made him
LibraryThing Review This was absolutely the best book I read this summer. I loved the short stories and Mr. Martel’s writing continues to be sensitive, dark and funny.
LibraryThing Review 4 stories, 2 downers and 2 uppers . All well done and engrossing.
LibraryThing Review I don’t generally pick up “stories” to read but this was an audio with a description at the beginning, by Yann Martel, of how these were some of the early and favorite stories of his that he wrote