Learning to Swim

Learning to Swim

by Graham Swift
     
 

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The men and women in these spare, Kafkaesque stories are engaged in struggles that are no less brutal because they are fought by proxy. In Graham Swift's taut prose, these quiet combative relationships—between a mismatched couple; an aging doctor and his hypochondriacal patient; a teenage refugee swept up in the conflict between an oppressively sentimental

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The men and women in these spare, Kafkaesque stories are engaged in struggles that are no less brutal because they are fought by proxy. In Graham Swift's taut prose, these quiet combative relationships—between a mismatched couple; an aging doctor and his hypochondriacal patient; a teenage refugee swept up in the conflict between an oppressively sentimental father and his rebellious son—become a microcosm for all human cruelty and need.

"Swift proves throughout this ambitious collection that he is a master of his language and the construction of provocative situations."—Houston Chronicle

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Swift's collection of tales about lovers at odds with each other exhibits strong characterizations but lacks the revelatory moments we expect from short fiction. Swift's new novel Ever After , forthcoming from Knopf in March, was reviewed in Fiction Forecasts (Jan. 20). (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679739784
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage International ed
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,441,051
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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