دانلود کتاب Learning to Talk نوشته Hilary Mantel
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هیلاری منتل – Hilary Mantel
درباره کتاب Learning to Talk :
A dazzling collection of short stories from the two-time winner of the Booker Prize and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wolf Hall trilogy.
In the wake of Hilary Mantel’s brilliant conclusion to her award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, Learning to Talk is a collection of loosely autobiographical stories that locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood.
Absorbing and evocative, these drawn-from-life stories begin in the 1950s in an insular northern village “scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues.” For the young narrator, the only way to survive is to get up, get on, get out. In “King Billy Is a Gentleman,” the child must come to terms with the loss of a father and the puzzle of a fading Irish heritage. “Curved Is the Line of Beauty” is a story of friendship, faith and a near-disaster in a scrap-yard. The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In “Third Floor Rising,” she watches, amazed, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity.
With a deceptively light touch, Mantel illuminates the poignant experiences of childhood that leave each of us forever changed.
“A book of her short stories is like a little sweet treat…Mantel’s narrators never tell everything they know, and that’s why they’re worth listening to, carefully.” —USA Today
“Her short stories always recognize other potential realities…Even the most straightforward of Mantel’s tales retain a faintly otherworldly air.” —The Washington Post
درباره کتاب Learning to Talk بیشتر بدانیم:
“Learning to Talk” is a memoir by Hilary Mantel, first published in 2003. The book recounts Mantel’s experiences of growing up in a working-class family in northern England in the 1950s and 1960s.
The memoir is structured as a series of interconnected essays that explore different aspects of Mantel’s childhood and adolescence. She reflects on her relationship with her parents, her struggles with illness and disability, and her experiences of attending a strict Catholic school. Mantel also explores the ways in which her childhood experiences influenced her later life as a writer, and she reflects on the power of language and storytelling to help us make sense of the world.
Throughout the memoir, Mantel’s writing is both candid and evocative, and she brings to life the people and places of her childhood with vivid detail. She is particularly skilled at capturing the nuances of family relationships and the complexities of growing up in a community that is both tight-knit and suffocating.
Overall, “Learning to Talk” is a moving and insightful memoir that offers a richly textured portrait of a particular time and place. It is a testament to Mantel’s skill as a writer that she is able to convey the richness and complexity of her childhood experiences with such clarity and depth. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in memoir, literary non-fiction, or the ways in which our past experiences shape our present selves.
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