The Caprices by Sabina Murray

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 2003, The Caprices is a collection of stories artfully told across the theatre of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. An Anglo-Indian cavalryman, his homeland on the brink of revolution, finds himself in Malaysia fighting to protect British interests. Two soldiers lost in the jungle with a Japanese prisoner confront their prejudices toward each other, and the nature of being American. An island witnesses the passing of history from Magellan, to Amelia Earhart, to the dropping of the atomic bomb. With exquisite lyricism tempered by a journalist’s eye for detail, Murray shines light on the tangle of battles created by that conflict, the violent reach across the generations, the shattering reverberations in memory. With this collection, Sabina Murray established herself as a passionate and wise voice of literary fiction.

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She grew up in Austrialia & the Philippines. A former Michener Fellow at the University of Texas & Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, she is the author of the novel Slow Burn. She has also written a screenplay titled Beautiful Country.She is the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
Published June 10, 2007 by Grove Press. 224 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The survivors are supposedly the lucky ones, though veterans like Australian Bob Cairns in "Walkabout" is horrified to learn he "would only bring the war back to a place that he had hoped to protect from it.

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For me (writer, teacher) Sebald's influence--or what looks like Sebald's influence--becomes remarkable in its ability to be instantly recognized, in the pictures in Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, for example, or in Dyer's literary travelogues, but in this short space I will address t...

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The story begins with Katherine Shea returning to the United States after living in Europe for a number of years.

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