Wildlife On Coal Island: A Collection Of Short Stories

Wildlife on Coal Island is a collection of eleven stories, all set on a fictional island located in present day Malaysia. Characters tell their own stories but occasionally appear in the stories of others. The collection is in the vein of V.S. Naipaul’s Miguel Street and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio where place and character define the trajectory of the stories. Coal Island is peopled with such characters: An ageing Chinese opera singer and her pet monkey. A self-proclaimed psychic who sees kingfishers in the sky and is convinced that a tsunami is coming. A murderer who finds worldly wisdom in a wandering Malayan tapir. An ex-colonial plantation overseer, battling with the literal and lateral python on his past. An obese supermarket matriarch who talks to bats.

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Wildlife on Coal Island is a collection of eleven stories, all set on a fictional island located in present day Malaysia. Characters tell their own stories but occasionally appear in the stories of others. The collection is in the vein of V.S. Naipaul’s Miguel Street and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio where place and character define the trajectory of the stories. Coal Island is peopled with such characters: An ageing Chinese opera singer and her pet monkey. A self-proclaimed psychic who sees kingfishers in the sky and is convinced that a tsunami is coming. A murderer who finds worldly wisdom in a wandering Malayan tapir. An ex-colonial plantation overseer, battling with the literal and lateral python on his past. An obese supermarket matriarch who talks to bats.

 

Publisher: UPM Press

Paperback

2011

ISBN: 9789673442270