The Caprices

The Caprices

eBook - 2007
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 2003, The Caprices is a collection of stories artfully told across the theatre of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. An Anglo-Indian cavalryman, his homeland on the brink of revolution, finds himself in Malaysia fighting to protect British interests. Two soldiers lost in the jungle with a Japanese prisoner confront their prejudices toward each other, and the nature of being American. An island witnesses the passing of history from Magellan, to Amelia Earhart, to the dropping of the atomic bomb. With exquisite lyricism tempered by a journalist's eye for detail, Murray shines light on the tangle of battles created by that conflict, the violent reach across the generations, the shattering reverberations in memory. With this collection, Sabina Murray established herself as a passionate and wise voice of literary fiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9781555848200
1555848206
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Sanrin
Dec 30, 2014

Beautiful writing that narrates stories from multiple types of characters and contexts. Murray makes the Philippines at wartime vivid and authentic without descending to stereotype. The short stories have the substance of epic novels. Sometimes the endings felt abrupt, like an interesting hike along a trail that suddenly ended in the middle of a forest. Highly recommended.

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debring
Sep 21, 2014

This is an excellent book. I can't believe it hasn't won multiple awards. The writing is superb and the subject important.

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