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Old People Are a Problemby Emyr Humphreys
"At the age of eighty, Emyr Humphreys retains the same freshness and insistence on truth-telling he has always had, and the same doubleness of vision which he brings to Old People Are a Problem....It shows great artistic dexterity, disturbing psychological understanding and ironic humour." Paul Binding, The Times Literary Supplement (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)
Synopses & Reviews
This collection of seven long stories is for and about the elderly. The octogenarian author, Emyr Humphreys, explores change—political, social, and physical—and its effects on the individual and society. The stories also represent an exploration of what the experience of age can offer the 21st century and how that century can accommodate the old and their ideas. They range across such issues as asylum-seeking, cultural nationalism in Wales, and political nationalism in Europe. The characters are lively, motivated, and all too believable. The narrative is accessible but has challenging and thought-provoking undercurrents that give the stories the gravitas expected from Humphreys, one of Wales' leading fiction writers in English.
The western world is growing old and as the 'silver' readership increases sprightly octogenarian Emyr Humphreys has written eight long stories for and about the elderly.
About the Author
Emyr Humphreys is the author of Ghosts and Strangers, Unconditional Surrender, and The Gift of a Daughter, which was a Welsh Book of the Year.
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