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The Shell Collector: Stories Paperback – 4 January 2011
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The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr's debut collection take readers from the African Coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties--metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts--conjuring nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of the characters in these stories contend with hardships; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the ravishing universe outside themselves.
"Anthony Doerr is a gifted and fearless new writer. He is absolutely unafraid to take on the biggest themes of the human condition, always writing about heroes and their various epic journeys. The Shell Collector is unforgettable--not so much a book of short stories as a book of short myths."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
"Doerr's prose dazzles, his sinewy sentences blending the naturalists' unswerving gaze with the poet's gift for metaphor."--The New York Times Book Review
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- Publisher : Scribner Book Company (4 January 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439190054
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439190050
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.63 x 21.43 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 126,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthony Doerr's style of writing is just so utterly beautiful it's quite transcendental transporting the reader from the coast of Kenya to the Montana winter, from Liberia in West Africa to Oregon, from Tanzania to Ohio. Of the 8 stories, these were my three favourites.
My reason for giving the collection only four stars was that I felt the stories were so complex that I would like to see them turned into novels.
However that being said these short stories will not disappoint, particularly if you enjoyed 'All the Light We Cannot See' as much as I did.