• Title: Shape Shifter
  • Author: Pauline Melville
  • ISBN: 9780747549949
  • Page: 462
  • Format: None
  • Shape Shifter A collection of short stories dealing with post colonial life in the Caribbean notably in the author s native Guyana as well as of some stories set in London Many of the characters most of them dis
    A collection of short stories dealing with post colonial life in the Caribbean, notably in the author s native Guyana, as well as of some stories set in London Many of the characters, most of them displaced people from former colonies struggling to come to terms with a new life in Britain, attempt to find an identity, to reconcile their past and to escape from the restlesA collection of short stories dealing with post colonial life in the Caribbean, notably in the author s native Guyana, as well as of some stories set in London Many of the characters, most of them displaced people from former colonies struggling to come to terms with a new life in Britain, attempt to find an identity, to reconcile their past and to escape from the restlessness hinted at in the title.

    One Reply to “Shape Shifter”

    1. The first story was quite funny. The rest was too bitty and disconnected. This book is okay for a bit of easy entertainment, but I'm not sure that Pauline Melville really has anything to say. Perhaps I don't like collections of short stories? No, I think it's more that I want a collection to hang together in some way, to be more than the sum of its parts. This book didn't cut it for me.

    2. Enjoyable enough set of stories with various locations & atmospheres,including tropical Guyana; the best stories were the 'slice of life' ones,with well-delineated characters,& unusual settings.There is a poetic sensibility too,with some fine passages of prose with poetic pretensions! A something for everyone collection,easily digested with your bed-time cocoa with demerara sugar!

    3. This didn't work for me. A lot of potential, interesting characters and language, but most of the stories had no closure and were not tied together in any discernible way. The first story in the collection was pretty good, but I found many of the others unsatisfying.

    4. Relatos sueltos. Empieza bien, y tiene puntos muy divertidos, aunque se hace un poco pesado a ratos.

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