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ISBN: 038566138X
Author: Matthew Kneale
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday Canada; First Edition edition (March 15, 2005)
Pages: 224
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
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Matthew Kneale received high praise for the prize-winning English Passengers, an epic romp on the high . Kneale transports readers across continents in a nanosecond, reaching to the heart of faraway societies with rare perceptiveness.

Matthew Kneale received high praise for the prize-winning English Passengers, an epic romp on the high seas and across nineteenth-century cultures, ingeniously woven together by a multitude of narrators. In Small Crimes In An Age of Abundance, Kneale brings his mastery of storytelling to our present morally ambiguous world. As the stories gain momentum - tense, funny, and always compassionate - they make readers see the world in a new way.

Short stories in which (mostly) ordinary people from all over the world, do (mostly) unlawful things, not always with the result that they or the reader expects. Some readers may have a 'there but for the grace of God go I' experience. Find similar books Profile. little by little a gulf opened up between the Winters and everyone else. The reason was plain enough: their plans to travel independently after the tour

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People Who Read Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance Also Read. A firecracker in broad daylight, an out-of-nowhere bombshell sure to throw some sparks in the literary world. Kneale’s characters are wholly believable, his plots flawless. extraordinary author.

Matthew Kneale brings his mastery of storytelling to our present morally ambiguous world

Matthew Kneale brings his mastery of storytelling to our present morally ambiguous world. Set in lands ranging from England to China, South America, the Middle East, and Africa, these powerful stories follow ordinary people as they try to survive and make sense of their worlds. Серия: "-" Matthew Kneale brings his mastery of storytelling to our present morally ambiguous world.

Автор: Kneale Matthew Название: Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance (Мелкие преступления) Издательство .

Автор: Kneale Matthew Название: Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance (Мелкие преступления) Издательство: Pan Macmillan Классификация: ISBN: 0330439650 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780330439657 ISBN: 0-330-43965-0 ISBN-13(EAN): 978-0-330-43965-7 Обложка/Формат: Paperback Дата издания: 03/03/2006 Поставляется из: Англии. From England to South America, China to the Middle East, the United States to Africa, this book captures the lives of ordinary people as they struggle to live, and to do the right thing, often managing neither.

Matthew Kneale has gathered together a series of compelling stories in Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, says . These and other equally fanciful notions provide the springboard for Matthew Kneale's new collection of short stories.

Matthew Kneale has gathered together a series of compelling stories in Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, says Vanessa Thorpe. It is a collection which has all the virtues and some of the weaknesses of a lonely voyager's febrile imaginings. Kneale, hailed for his first novel, English Passengers, has produced a series of compelling narrative jaunts which have a kind of licensed freedom of thought. This means that although the plots rely heavily on chance, there is also a strong sense of the pre-ordained going on.

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item 1 Kneale, Matthew, Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, Paperback, Very Good Book -Kneale, Matthew, Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, Paperback, Very Good Book. Matthew Kneale is the author of English Passengers (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award), Mr. Foreigner (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize), Inside Rose's Kingdom and Sweet Things (Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize). He lives in Rome with his wife and two children.

The Chinese authorities promptly elicit Jiao's forced confession, which is, of course, standard procedure in an authoritarian state. His likely fate: a gulag-style prison.

You might expect the always deadening vice of righteousness to bedevil such a project, but Kneale is too good of a writer to commit such an offense. The dominant tone in these stories is largely (and refreshingly) contemplative, not the holier-than-thou indignation typical of anti-globalization polemics. The Chinese authorities promptly elicit Jiao's forced confession, which is, of course, standard procedure in an authoritarian state.

SMALL crimes can have big consequences, according to Matthew Kneale. Kneale studied history at Oxford in his native England. Among his books are two historical novels, one of which, English Passengers, won the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2000. He also has a penchant for travel, which shows in his new collection of short fiction. The 12 stories are set in England, China and Italy, among other places. His main characters are ordinary people. Each makes an all-too-human mistake, assumption, or SMALL crimes can have big consequences, according to Matthew Kneale. Kneale studied history at Oxford.

Matthew Kneale takes us on a journey around today’s uncertain world By turns painful, moving and wickedly funny, Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance gains momentum until th. .

Matthew Kneale takes us on a journey around today’s uncertain world. From England to South America, China to the Middle East, the United States to Africa, Kneale applies his gifts as a master storyteller, vividly capturing the lives of ordinary people as they struggle to live, and to do the right thing, often managing neither. By turns painful, moving and wickedly funny, Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance gains momentum until the world seems to be revealed to us in a new way. This is a groundbreaking work by a master of the uncertainties of our time. Kneale does not judge.

The author of the award-winning novel English Passengers takes readers around the world in twelve deftly crafted stories that illuminate the uncertainties of life at home and abroad.Matthew Kneale received high praise for the prize-winning English Passengers, an epic romp on the high seas and across nineteenth-century cultures, ingeniously woven together by a multitude of narrators. In Small Crimes In An Age of Abundance, Kneale brings his mastery of storytelling to our present morally ambiguous world. Set in lands ranging from England to China, South America, the Middle East, and Africa, these powerfully themed stories follow ordinary people as they try to survive and make sense of their worlds.We follow a well-intentioned English family who leave their tour group in China to travel alone, and collide with the ruthless side of the country, slowly becoming complicit in its violence; a ploddingly respectable London lawyer who chances upon a stash of cocaine and realizes it offers the wealth and status he hungers for; a salesman in Africa who becomes caught up in a riot that turns his life upside down; a self-doubting suicide bomber.Kneale transports readers across continents in a nanosecond, reaching to the heart of faraway societies with rare perceptiveness. As the stories gain momentum — tense, funny, and always compassionate — they make readers see the world in a new way. At times reminiscent of Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, at times Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table, Small Crimes In An Age of Abundance is a groundbreaking book, by a master narrator of the uncertainties of our time.

Comments:

TheSuspect
Read this book! It will not disappoint. Thought provoking and entertaining. Memorable. One of the best books I've read.
Foxanayn
Kneale captures average people with the dark sides of their souls exposed, caught in atavistic moments of primal impulse, stripped of everyday deceits and civilized behavior. Or maybe it is the inherent adaptability of human nature, that frail connection we all enjoy, our little secrets whispered in the dark. In any case, Kneale attacks these stories with impeccable charm, surrounding his characters with the world of mediocrity, lives lived down the middle of the road, until tearing off in a jagged pattern, control thrown to the wind.

With each story, the tension of the collection ratchets higher as cultures clash, softly, in small explosions, to the inevitable outcome. The author makes subtle, significant observations, driving them home with fearless precision. This is a moral book of fictional tales, richly layered humanity at its best and worst, a collage of missed opportunities. The titles are singular: "Stone", "Powder", "Weight", "Metal", "Sunlight" and the shocking "White". There is a particular message in each small gem, a couple buying a villa while challenging each other's boundaries, a vacationing English family, smug in their pretensions until faced with the brutality of survival, an upwardly-mobile couple who believe evil can be controlled in small doses.

There are no geographic or emotional boundaries, the human exploits covering the planet, from London to South America and the Middle East to your own back yard. The stories are remarkable, revelatory, making one think that the author has spent a great deal of time staring into people's souls, the haves and the have-not's, the greedy, the impoverished, the petty urgencies of acquisition that lap at the heels of civilization. Stripped of pretensions, there is such a hunger for connection, for quiet in an unquiet time that it is painful to realize how quickly we sell our souls on the common market.

I have read many novels that I could not put aside until I had finished, but this is the first book of stories that has so captured my imagination and so brilliantly portrayed the heartbreak of a world gone mad with greed, exploitation and abandonment that I am absolutely enthralled. I highly recommend this extraordinary collection, an experience not to be missed. Luan Gaines/2005.
Gold as Heart
I loved, loved, loved Kneale's novel English Passengers and was utterly disappointed by this trite collection of short stories. Using the story of the settlement of Tasmania, English Passengers was a tightly controlled broadside against colonial racism, injustice, and cultural imperialism, allowing the anger to flow through the characters' voices in a way that worked organically. Here, although the theme is very similar, the modern situations feel contrived and artificial, each story a carefully constructed attempt to push the reader's buttons and raise awareness. Crisscrossing the world and ranging in length from under ten pages to almost forty, they feel less like stories than lessons one is supposed to learn.

In "Stone" an English family goes on vacation to China due to their insecure need to keep up with the Joneses. Totally out of their element and off-track, when the wife loses a valuable piece of jewelry a cross-cultural misunderstanding predictable results in a terrible tragedy. Keeping up with the neighbors is more explicitly the theme of "Powder", in which a nebbish London lawyer stumbles onto bag of cocaine and cell phone. He starts dealing the stuff in order to fulfill material dreams, and the entire family spins into corruption they can't escape. Cocaine is also the catalyst in "Leaves", a short sketch which follows a Columbian family whose meager crop farm is destroyed by anti-coca spraying. Of course the law of unintended consequences takes effect as they move elsewhere to pursue farming of a different sort.

"Weight" once again takes the reader to China, where a Texas oil worker meets a beautiful Chinese woman. He manages to stumble through the cross-cultural pitfalls of marriage, but when they return to Houston, jealousy predictably rears its ugly head. The very short "Pills" follows an Ethiopian villager making an arduous trek to intercept two Western travelers to get medicine for her child. "Metal" remains in Africa, where and English businessman on a trip gets in a car accident and then swept up in anti-government riot. He helps his driver and local shanty dwellers help him escape the riot. This experience of human connection gets him all touchy-feely and he vows to quit his job and do something more meaningful with his life. A day later he reconsiders, and the oh-so-ironic punchline is that he's an arms salesman selling military helicopters.

The brief "Taste" has a wealthy and unfulfilled London peeress tracking down her Hispanic maid to accuse her of stealing small candied chestnuts and fire her, only to have the woman's warm apartment thaw her soul. In "Sound" a hipster London music writer buys flat in dodgy backstreet and gets paranoid about a black guy he keeps seeing. Each thinks the other is dangerous, but their confrontation has a rather unexpected result. It's a particularly sermonizing piece that reads like something a teenager would have done for some racial sensitivity writing contest. "Sunlight" is about a rich Englishwoman and her poor writer boyfriend who buy house in Italy on a romantic whim. Naturally the restoration goes badly, cross-cultural insults ensure, but the outcome is a bit more unexpected than the other stories.

"Seasons" is a brief story that doesn't quite fit the pattern of the rest of the collection. It's simply about a group of old school friends meeting in pub before one heads off to Iraq. In "Numbers" an American military aviation engineer's precisely ordered life starts to derail when his wife's brother starts dying and she gets depressed. He's unable to understand and deal with the messier part of life, and his family life starts to fall apart until she bounces back. It's also somewhat different from the rest of the book and is a little more interesting for it. The final story is "White" a very well-imagined glimpse into the mind of a Palestinian suicide bomber crippled by doubt and fear as he recalls his brother's call from Canada telling him of the possibilities of a new life there. It's protagonist is much less certain and directed than others in the collection, and thus it feels more open and real.

Ultimately, the book is about the baser sides of the human soul. The one that let us harm our fellow man through selfishness, greed, arrogance, or simple laziness or unwillingness to try and connect with others. This aim is certainly noble, but Kneale's attempt to bring home some of the human cost of globalization is simply far too calculated to have much impact. Which is a shame, because the prose is quite good, and he's good at sketching characters and situations in a minimum of space. And he's certainly good at creating a sense of time and place, from London to Africa to China to strip-mall Houston. But on the whole the collection is a failure because none of it seems real.
Ranicengi
I don't usually read short stories, so I was a bit disappointed when I heard this was the format of the followup to the fabulous English Passengers. I shouldnt have been, since my bias against short stories is probably silly: collections by Julian Barnes, Ha Jin, not to mention Dubliners are easily among my best lifetime reads ever.

Anyway, I found Small Crimes captivating. In nearly every story, I was left with some strong type of feeling or other, ranging from deep pity to disgust. Knealle's trip into the minds of the muslim bomber, of the overweight guy who marries the beautiful girl, of the nerdy scientist who can't relate to his wife as her brother dies... are as perfectly descrided as the multiple geographic surroundings. And the simple language makes for easy reading, without loss in depth of theme. I look forward to Kneale's next book, whether novel or short story.
Hulbine
...but this isn't. The stories are solidly written but driven by a feeble theme relating to the injustice and and lack of understanding the first world has for the third. It may be OK for some poncey Oxford dinner parties but most of us want a little more insight and entertainment. The characters are mostly odious posh poms who the reader has a vested interest in seeing die from page one. It's almost as emetic as watching Bob 'pretentous wanker' Geldorf talking about Africa.
santa
Having read English Passengers I was impatient to get my hands on this one, and it didn't disappoint. Whilst it's not as weighty a tome as English Passengers, it shares a common theme of trespass. The stories of people who go where they shouldn't (either figuratively or physically) zip by and the book was over too quickly.

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