Learning to Swim by Graham Swift
And Other Stories

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This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue, of thoughtfulness...His touch is so light and craftsmanlike, his scene shifts so subtle...The writing is fluid and unegotistic, tuned to the undemanding lyricism of occasions...
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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
 

About Graham Swift

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Graham Swift is the author of five other novels, including the acclaimed Waterland, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in London.
 
Published September 19, 2012 by Vintage. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by M John Harrison on Jul 16 2014

This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue, of thoughtfulness...His touch is so light and craftsmanlike, his scene shifts so subtle...The writing is fluid and unegotistic, tuned to the undemanding lyricism of occasions...

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