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Understanding Alan Sillitoe offers a lucid appraisal of the life and works of the well-known contemporary British writer hailed by critics as the literary descendent of D.H. Lawrence. Known primarily for his novels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Sillitoe has written more than 50 books over the last 40 years, including novels, plays, collections of short stories, poems, and travel pieces, as well as more than four hundred essays. In this comprehensive study of the major novels and short stories, Hanson reveals Sillitoe's artistic influences and the dominant thematic concerns of his works.
The Birth of a Child in a Fishing Boat is redolent with creativity, weaving folklore and faith into literary and historical memoir. It is a brilliant synthesis of collective historiography and personal autobiography. While dense with episodes of the author's fascinating life in literature, Yoruba worldview sits at its heart, and spiritual, folkloric, creative and literary philosophies provide the text its backbone. Yoruba identity is disclosed convivial and shared. This is expansive knowledge and excitement.
The definitive volume on Britains traditional fishing boats, by the author of Herring: A History of the Silver Darlings.
This group of short stories are the stories that have taken place during the 80+ years of Harlan Frank Pollmanns life. He is also the author of the autobiography of Uncle Chub". He has gathered 15 intriguing short stories of his life, that paints you pictures that you may have never seen before. He lets you see into his thoughts, listen to his heart, feel his love, laugh to get her and feel the tears trickledown your face. These are the main elements that he would like to share with you. He would like to have you find yourself in some of these situations. Harlan thinks you owe it to yourself to give this book of short stories a try, you'll be glad you did.
Tales for an Unknown City is a vibrant selection of almost fifty stories from among the many told at One Thousand and One Friday Nights of Storytelling, a weekly open gathering in Toronto begun by Dan Yashinsky in 1978 and still going strong. There are tales from Canada and many other parts of the world; each followed by a brief word from the teller, giving us the flavour of the "Friday Nights."
An epic story of how the GI Bill made it possible for the author to travel around the world to teach in strange and exotic places, and still enjoy the luxury of a professional career as a Schoolteacher, a Scientific Research Analyst; a State Department Foreign Service Officer, and work for pay as a part-time boat captain. The book is a collage of episodes describing daring adventures abroad that will captivate the reader. On private contract he taught school in Haiti. He tells about brutality and poverty endured by most of the population. He relates how he was in harms way trying to prevent a brutal killing. The reader also gets an inside look about teaching six grades simultaneously in a one-room schoolhouse in the jungle of Sumatra, far removed from civilization: including some curious events that happened while living in almost complete isolation. A portion of the book tells about his research activities. One unusual experiment shows how devoted a researcher must be. Dr Woke and the writer sat half naked in a cage feeding hundreds of mosquitoes for two months. "Thou shalt not kill." While teaching in Afghanistan, the author gives a detailed account of his adventures including a solo trek through the infamous Khyber Pass, from Jalalabad, Afghanistan to Islamabad, Pakistan, and visits to other countries as well. As a Foreign Service Officer, in the U.S. State Department, the author shares his knowledge about foreign countries including Vietnam and Egypt, and related experiences with the reader. While in Egypt, the author documents memorable and sometimes risky experiences exploring the Sahara Desert and the Sinai.

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