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The Turn Of Wonder

A debut sans angst-ridden stupor...sheer, compelling story-telling

The Turn Of Wonder
The Turn Of Wonder
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IF the 12 stories in this book, six are good and the rest are wonderful. This amazing strike rate looks even better when you think of the territory this collection covers: white American widow plans designer sati (Hot Death, Cold Soup); black American girl vs Hindu civil-isation (Stains); two out-of-body experiences (A Government of India Undertaking and The Annexe); calligraphy vs pornography (Calligrapher's Tale); a frotter and his magic phallus on a double-decker bus (Teaser); a juvenile mad scientist's schemes in a proletarian dystopia (Stolen Hours); a mature scientist confronting infertility in teeming India (The Copper-Tailed Skink); electronic simulacra make high-voltage love (Unfaithful Servants); a coming-of-age story (The Last Day of Childhood); a marriage proposal (Mrs Ganapathy's Modest Triumph); and a thwarted murder (The Strength of Small Things). One of the problems of reviewing a story collection is the impossibility of discussing individual stories without ruining them for the reader; perhaps the sensible thing to do is to explain in a general way why anyone who...
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