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Born Free (Rebel Inc S)

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – June 2000

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Punchy, acerbic, sharp-witted, and above-all, acutely observed, this novel tells the story of an ordinary family who are all trying to escape from something--and each other. The interactions between Jake, Joni, Angie, and Vic reveal a hellish cocktail of adolescent ad mid-life crises, the savagery of sibling rivalry, the waking nightmare of a marriage gone cold, and, naturally, the unbridgeable, infernal chasm between the generations. It's a story of everyday life.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781841950488
ISBN-10: 1841950483
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 131 x 197 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.24 kg
Ediția: Revised
Editura: Canongate Books
Seria Rebel Inc S


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""A tremendous energy carries the reader on, and despite the grimness of the subject matter it is leavened with a kind of black humour that some people simply won't get, and sharp little moments of poignancy--Laura Hird thinks for herself and toes no lines." --"Guardian
""Laura Hird's first novel sizzles with brio, gusto, disgust and many other vital signs . . . The situation and the dark humour might recall the work of Mike Leigh, but Laura Hird's writing, which is reminiscent of Irvine Welsh (for style) and Iain Banks (for pace), also has the tenderness of James Kelman's early work." --"Times Literary Supplement
* The writing is of a high quality and puts across a powerful sense of claustrophobia and quiet desperation. The Observer * It's desperately readable, blackly comic and painful, a delight born of dysfunction. The Times * Born Free confirms Laura Hird as one of Scotland's most talented writers. This bleak tale of urban dismay, set in the badlands of Edinburgh, is a work of considerable force and maturity - Hird organises her material with confidence and style - The novel's final 50 pages are a memorable descent into the dark mires of the human spirit, yet the book ends with a spark of optimism. Daily Telegraph * Born Free exhibits a maturity that suggests Hird has emerged from the coat-tails of her peers and has ceased to play the literary wee sister - she manages to carry things off with aplomb - Hird's portrayal of a woman in alcoholic free-fall is uncomfortably accurate - shifts with ease from the screamingly funny to the gut-wrenching - thought provoking and entertaining. The Scotsman

Notă biografică

Laura Hird's debut novel, Born Free, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and nominated for the Orange Prize. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her latest collection of stories, Hope and Other Urban Tales, was published by Canongate in October 2006. Her latest book is Dear Laura, published in March 2007. She lives in Edinburgh.

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Nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction

'Desperately readable, blackly comic and painful, a delight born of dysfunction.' The Times

Punch, acerbic, sharp-witted and above all accurately observed, Born Free tells the story of an ordinary family who are all trying to escape from something . . . and each other.

The interactions between Jake, Joni, Angue and Vic reveal a hellish cocktail of adolescent and mid-life crises; the savagery of sibling rivalry, the waking nightmare of a marriage gone cold - and naturally, the unbridgeable, infernal chasm between the generations. It's a story of everyday life.

'A work of considerable force and maturity.' Daily Telegraph

'Laura Hird's first novel sizzles with brio, gusto, disgust and many other vital signs.' Times Literary Supplement

'A funny, disturbing, remarkably courageous debut.' Guardian

'A darkly funny, quietly despairing snapshot of a family falling apart at the seams.' Uncut

'An exceptional story about unexceptional lives.' The Big Issue

'It's the portrait of a dysfunctional family, sharply observed and told with a mixture of humour and honesty. Hird's ear for dialogue is excellent.' Independent on Sunday

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