From The Fifteenth District: A Novella And Eight Short Stories Mavis Gallant

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From The Fifteenth District: A Novella And Eight Short Stories by Mavis Gallant
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From the Fifteenth District centers on a group of North American expatriates in World War II Europe. -- enotes.com In the aftermath of the Second World War, the nine stories in this glittering collection reflect on the foibles and dilemmas of humanMoreFrom the Fifteenth District centers on a group of North American expatriates in World War II Europe.

-- enotes.com In the aftermath of the Second World War, the nine stories in this glittering collection reflect on the foibles and dilemmas of human relationships. An English family goes to the south of France for the sake of the fathers health, and to get away from an England of rationing and poverty. A displaced person turned French soldier in Algeria now makes a living as an actor in Paris. A group of selfish English expatriates on the Italian Riviera are incredulous that Mussolini and the Germans may affect their lives.

A great writers quiet widow blossoms in widowhood, to the surprise and alarm of her children, who send a ten-year-old grandson to Switzerland to keep her company one Christmas. Full of wry humour and penetrating insights, this is Mavis Gallant at her most unforgettable. --amazon.caMavis Gallant presents us with a disconcerting view of death in the short story From the Fifteenth District, where dying is not a salvation from the pains of life but where the dead are forced to suffer eternally.

In this story, the author sets out three distinct cases of haunting, except that these hauntings are reported by the dead about the living. Major E. Travella, killed during World War I, is angry that he is being exploited by the church and the public. Mrs. Ibrahim is upset that her doctor and social worker are fighting over her death.

Finally, Ms. Essling is frustrated that she is unable to get on with her life after death because of her husband. All three of these individuals are harboring anger and hostility after death and are unable to move on and rest in peace. --excerpt from 123helpme.com



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