Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories

Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories

by John Loughery
     
 

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26 stories that explore universal rites of passage as well as culture-specific complexities of youth: Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel García Marquez, Bharati Mukherjee, Ben Okri, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Nauguib Mahfouz, Margaret Drabble, Zoe Wicomb, B. Wongar, and more.

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26 stories that explore universal rites of passage as well as culture-specific complexities of youth: Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel García Marquez, Bharati Mukherjee, Ben Okri, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Nauguib Mahfouz, Margaret Drabble, Zoe Wicomb, B. Wongar, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
All the innocence and daring of youth are elegantly captured in this heartfelt anthology of brilliant voices from 22 countries. His sometimes overburdened introduction aside, Loughery has succeeded in selecting 26 finely honed tales from established writers including Nadine Gordimer, Ben Okri, Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro and Gabriel Garca Mrquez. Nor do the somewhat lesser-known writers pale, particularly Zoe Wicomb, whose unforgettable narrator in ``When the Train Comes,'' struggles with her obesity amidst the racial inequalities of South Africa. Other stories of exceptional merit include Margareta Ekstrm's ``The Nothingness Forest,'' in which an infant wanders beyond the safe confines of home to find a new world of possibilities. In ``On Sunday,'' Mario Vargas Llosa's lovesick protagonist discovers the extremes to which he will go in order to keep a comrade away from the girl he adores. Though each has earned its place in this volume, perhaps most charming of all is Naguib Mahfouz's ``The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish,'' about how a young boy's distractions lead him on a bigger adventure than the errand he began for his mother.Nearly perfect in pacing, this will serve as a welcome companion to Loughery's earlier anthology, First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth. (Jan.)
The ALAN Review - John H. Bushman
Into the Widening World: International Coming-Of-Age Stories contains numerous short stories with themes and settings from cultures around the world. Stories take the reader to the streets of Cairo, to a hidden grove in Jamaica, to the nightmarish forests of wartime Nigeria, to the Canadian border, and other settings around the world. These stories provide the reader with multiple views of young people who, on the surface, would seem to be very different but in reality have many of the same qualities and concerns as American young adults. Some stories will provide challenges for the younger reader primarily because of the differences in style of international authors. Violence is prevalent in some stories, as is strong language. The international flavor of the book, however, provides for exciting reading.
Library Journal
The publisher adds to its list of thoughtful multiethnic and subject anthologies with this pleasing, provocative collection of 26 short stories by familiar and new writers. Geographically arranged-by setting and author's background-the stories explore universal milestones and awakenings as well as culture-specific complexities of youth. Among the prime delights are Thomas King's boy's-eye view of a Blackfoot mother and son caught stubbornly between the Canadian and American border checkpoints and Peter Carey's recounting of a teenager's (and a small town's) desired but gravely disappointing transformation brought on by the stunning surprise of a neighbor's scale replica of the town. Other contributors include Alice Munro, Bharati Mukherjee, and Yukio Mishima. A brief introduction and biographical notes complete a fine anthology and welcome addition to most public library fiction collections.-Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
School Library Journal
YA-Within the tsunami of multicultural literature presently being published lies the difficult challenge of accurately depicting specific populations, cultures, and beliefs in an engaging manner. Loughery successfully portrays the varied states of young adulthood from a global perspective in this anthology of short stories from 22 countries. The selections are far-ranging in theme, ethnic diversity, and writing style. Each tale is well crafted, concise, and mirrors a specific country, dialect, and neighborhood. YAs will appreciate the common struggles, fears, and satisfactions experienced by the protagonists in these uncommon settings.-Carol Beall, Immanuel Christian School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892552047
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Loughery is the author of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist John
Sloan: Painter and Rebel and has edited the anthologies
First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth, Into the
Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories, and The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction. He teaches English at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.

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