Mr Sumarsono by Roxana Robinson

Mr Sumarsono - Roxana Robinson

In Mr Sumarsono by Roxana Robinson we have the theme of dislocation, absenteeism, happiness, escape, tradition and change. Taken from her Asking for Love collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young girl called Susan. Susan without her knowing it is the main character in the story. It is through her that we not only learn […]

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The Distant Past by William Trevor

The Distant Past - William Trevor

In The Distant Past by William Trevor we have the theme of loyalty, identity, prejudice, conflict, fear and alienation. Taken from his Angels at the Ritz and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Trevor may be exploring the theme of loyalty. Despite […]

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Bella Makes Life by Lorna Goodison

Bella Makes Life - Lorna Goodison

In Bella Makes Life by Lorna Goodison we have the theme of liberation, change, control, conflict, selfishness and fear. Taken from her Baby Mother and the King of Swords collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Goodison may be exploring the theme […]

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American Dreams by Peter Carey

American Dreams - Peter Carey

In American Dreams by Peter Carey we have the theme of conflict, art, reality, cultural dependency and guilt. Taken from his The Fat Man in History collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed young man and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Carey may be exploring the theme […]

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Storm Petrel by Romesh Gunesekera

Storm Petrel - Romesh Gunesekera

In Storm Petrel by Romesh Gunesekera we have the theme of aspirations, conflict, memories, enthusiasm, failure and friendship. Taken from his Monkfish Moon collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Gunesekera may be exploring the theme of aspirations and dreams. CK’s head is […]

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The End of the World by Mavis Gallant

The End of the World - Mavis Gallant

In The End of the World by Mavis Gallant we have the theme of dislocation, alienation selfishness, infidelity, compassion, hopelessness, responsibility, loyalty and acceptance. Taken from her The End of the World and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Billy Apostolesco and the reader realises from the beginning of the story […]

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What Do You Do In San Francisco by Raymond Carver

what do you do in san francisco raymond carver

In What Do You Do in San Francisco by Raymond Carver we have the theme of connection, escape, loss, vulnerability and denial. Taken from his Will You Please Be Quiet, Please collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Henry Robinson and the very first sentence of the story is interesting. Henry tells the reader that ‘This has nothing to […]

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