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EXILES. 3 SHORT NOVELS.

Caputo, Philip.

ISBN 10: 0679450386 / ISBN 13: 9780679450382
Published by KNOPF., NY, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Philip Caputo on a specially designed publisher's adhesive label which is laid-in loose. Close to fine in a fine dj. (Hint of slight foxing at top edge); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 305460

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Title: EXILES. 3 SHORT NOVELS.

Publisher: KNOPF., NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

With Exiles, his first collection of shorter fiction, the author of the universally acclaimed, best-selling memoir A Rumor of War ("It will make the strongest among us weep",  wrote John Gregory Dunne) sends the reader on a tripartite adventure.

First to suburban Connecticut, where a young blue-collar man on the way to his mother's funeral falls in with an upper-crust couple who lavish attention on him and pull him into unexpected dilemmas.

Then to Australia's Torres Strait, where a charismatic but troublesome stranger washes ashore into the thick of a struggle for a tiny island's very identity.

Then to Vietnam--vintage Caputo territory--where a squad of misfits plunge deep into the jungle in search of the body of their mess sergeant, who has been carried off by a tiger.

No matter the backdrop, Philip Caputo's ear for the vernacular is unerring, while his interrogation of human nature--of the deceptions we inflict on ourselves and others--is unflinching. Exiles affirms the remarkable range, the freedom from genre, of a writer whose "meditations on the love and hate of war  were hailed by William Styron as "among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature.

Review:

Writer Philip Caputo masters here the difficult but powerful novella form--one that combines the economy and exactness of the short story with the momentum and weight of the novel--to create the three superb narratives that make up Exiles. The stories (titled "Standing In," "Paradise," and "In The Forest of the Laughing Elephant," and telling the stories of a barber in Connecticut, a shipwreck survivor on a wild Australian coast, and a squad of American soldiers in the Vietnamese jungle, respectively) are unrelated on the surface--but all three travel in a weird emotional terrain of alienation reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor.

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