Jump and Other Stories

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A&C Black, Nov 3, 2003 - Fiction - 257 pages
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In sixteen new stories ranging from the dynamics of family life to the worldwide confusion of human values, Nadine Gordimer gives us access to many lives in places as far apart as suburban London, Mozambique, a mythical island, and South Africa. In "Some Are Born to Sweet Delight, " a girl's innocent love for an enigmatic foreign lodger in her parents' home leads her to involve others in a tragedy of international terrorism. "The Moment Before the Gun Went Off" reveals the strange mystery behind an accident in which a white farmer has killed a black boy. "Once Upon a Time" is a horrifying fairy tale about a child raised in a society founded on fear.
 

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User Review  - laurustina - LibraryThing

I've picked up a few short story collections in the last couple of months, thinking that my current short attention span would thank me, but this is the first of those collections to really engage me. Gordimer's stories were brutal and beautiful one after another. Really lovely, meaty stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - figre - LibraryThing

There is a story in this collection, “Some Are Born To Sweet Delight”, that is both typical and atypical of the entire collection. It is the story of Vera and her slow attraction to the border within ... Read full review

Contents

Once Upon a Time
21
The Ultimate Safari
31
A Find
47
My Father Leaves Home
55
Some Are Born to Sweet Delight
67
Comrades
89
Teraloyna
97
The Moment Before the Gun Went Off
109
Home
119
A Journey
141
Spoils
159
Safe Houses
181
What Were You Dreaming?
211
Keeping Fit
227
Amnesty
245
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Nadine Gordimer's many novels include The Conservationist, joint winner of the Booker Prize, Get A Life, Burger's Daughter, July's People, My Son's Story and The Pickup. Her collections of short stories include The Soft Voice of the Serpent, Something Out There, Jump, Loot and, most recently, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black. She has also collected and edited Telling Tales, a story anthology published in fourteen languages whose royalties go to HIV/AIDS organisations. In 2010 her nonfiction writings were collected in Telling Times and a substantial selection of her stories was published in Life Times. Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She lives in South Africa.

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