Tomato cain and other stories
Tomato Cain and Other Stories by Nigel KnealeThis writer is a young Manxman. He has grown up in, and infuses into his stories, an atmosphere one can cut with a knife. He is not dependent on regionalism--not all of his work has an Isle of Man setting--but it would appear he draws strength from it; his work at its best has the flavor, raciness, body that one associates with the best of the output from Ireland, Wales, Brittany, and the more remote, untouched, and primitive of the states of America. He turns for his inspiration to creeks in which life runs deep, to pockets in which life accumulates deeply queer. Is the Talking Mongoose a sore subject with the Isle of Man? That interesting animal--of which the investigations of the late Harry Price never entirely disposed--might well be the denizen of a Nigel Kneale story. Has he not made frogs avengers; has he not made a deformed duck a tragedian?
Tomato Cain and Other Stories
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by Nigel Kneale: with a foreword by Elizabeth Bowen:
Nigel Kneale is best known now for his novels and screenplays featuring the alien-battling scientist, Dr. Quartermass , but his first book, the collection Tomato Cain and Other Stories was considered remarkable enough to merit a foreword by Elizabeth Bowen:. Within the last few years, readers have become less shy of the short story. That this form of fiction is also a form of art had fairly long ago been recognised; what is more important, from the point of view of popular favour, is that the high potential of entertainment in a good collection of stories may now be seen. To such readers, the short story—in its present rather fascinating position half-way between tradition and experiment—must particularly appeal. The experimentary story-writer, lately, has in fact been given a good deal of rope: that the best use has invariably been made of this I cannot say. There has been a danger that, because of its literary privilege, the short story might fall under a certain literary blight, and become an example of too much prose draped around an insufficiently vital feeling or a trumped-up, insufficiently strong idea.
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