The Hunters

The Hunters

Two Novellas

Book - 2002
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Houghton
"A Simple Tale" is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, an aging Ukrainian woman who was taken by the Germans for slave labor and eventually relocated to Canada as a displaced person. She struggles to provide her son Radek with every opportunity, but his eventual success increases the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting the weight of that past burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are common to us all.
"The Hunters," the second novella, is narrated by an American academic spending a summer in London who grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor, a plump and insipid caretaker of the elderly, lives with her ever-unseen mother and a horde of pet rabbits she calls "the hunters." While the narrator researches a book about death, all of Ridley Wandor's patients are dying. Loneliness breeds an active imagination. Is having such an imagination always destructive? Or can it be strong enough to create a new reality?
Far-flung settings and universal themes give a sweeping appeal to Claire Messud's work.


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, an aging Ukrainian woman who was taken by the Germans for slave labor and eventually relocated to Canada as a displaced person. She struggles to provide her son Radek with every opportunity, but his eventual success increases the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting the weight of that past burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are common to us all.
"The Hunters," the second novella, is narrated by an American academic spending a summer in London who grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor, a plump and insipid caretaker of the elderly, lives with her ever-unseen mother and a horde of pet rabbits she calls "the hunters." While the narrator researches a book about death, all of Ridley Wandor's patients are dying. Loneliness breeds an active imagination. Is having such an imagination always destructive? Or can it be strong enough to create a new reality?
Far-flung settings and universal themes give a sweeping appeal to Claire Messud's work.


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. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, 2002
Edition: First Harvest edition
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780156007313
0156007312
Branch Call Number: FICTION MESSU...C
Characteristics: 191 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: Includes Reading group guide (pages [183]-191)
"A Harvest book."

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