The Hunters

The Hunters

Two Short Novels

Book - 2001
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Houghton
A Simple Tale is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, a woman born in the Ukraine between the two World Wars, taken by the Germans for slave labor, and eventually relocated as a displaced person to Canada. She and her husband settle in Toronto. They struggle to build a new life there and provide their son Radek with every opportunity. But a gulf widens between mother and son. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting its weight burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are, ultimately, common to us all.

The Hunters is told by an American academic living in a dreary suburb of London for a summer. Removed from the relationships that ordinarily add structure to life, this scholar soon grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor lives with her mother and their horde of pet rabbits, occupying her days as a caretaker of the elderly. While the narrator researches a book about death, Ridley Wandor's patients all seem to be dying. Is she doing away with them? The narrator constructs Ridley's story from the available clues, only to find that nothing is what it had seemed to be.


Baker & Taylor
Explores the theme of isolation in two short novels--"A Simple Tale," about an immigrant woman who struggles to preserve her relationship with her son, and "The Hunters," about an American scholar in London who becomes fascinated by his downstairs neighbor.

Harcourt Publishing
A Simple Tale is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, a woman born in the Ukraine between the two World Wars, taken by the Germans for slave labor, and eventually relocated as a displaced person to Canada. She and her husband settle in Toronto. They struggle to build a new life there and provide their son Radek with every opportunity. But a gulf widens between mother and son. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting its weight burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are, ultimately, common to us all.

The Hunters is told by an American academic living in a dreary suburb of London for a summer. Removed from the relationships that ordinarily add structure to life, this scholar soon grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor lives with her mother and their horde of pet rabbits, occupying her days as a caretaker of the elderly. While the narrator researches a book about death, Ridley Wandor's patients all seem to be dying. Is she doing away with them? The narrator constructs Ridley's story from the available clues, only to find that nothing is what it had seemed to be.


Blackwell North Amer
A Simple Tale is the touching story of Maria Poniatowski. Born in the Ukraine between the two world wars and taken by the Germans for slave labor, Maria finds herself relocated as a displaced person in Canada. She and her husband settle in Toronto, where he works in construction and she as a cleaning woman. They build a new life and provide their son Radek, who prefers to call himself Rod, with every opportunity. But eventually his success as an engineer only widens the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting its weight burden the present?
Framed by the close but tumultuous relationship with one of her employers, Maria's illuminating story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are, ultimately, common to us all.
Told by an American scholar living in a dreary suburb of London for a summer, The Hunters is a story in which nothing is what it would seem to be. Removed from the relationships that ordinarily add structure to life and engrossed in researching a book about death, the nameless/genderless narrator soon grows obsessed with the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor lives with her mother and their horde of pet rabbits, occupying her days as a caretaker of the elderly. Mysteriously, her patients all seem to be dying. As Ridley's story is pieced together from the available clues, the light it casts is intensely evocative.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of The Last Life explores the theme of isolation in two short novels--A Simple Tale, about an immigrant woman torn between past and present as she struggles to preserve her relationship with her son, and The Hunters, about an American scholar in London who becomes fascinated by his downstairs neighbor. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151005888
0151005885
Branch Call Number: FICTION MESSUD
Characteristics: 181 p. ; 21 cm

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