The Secret Of This Book: 20-Odd Stories.

By: Aldiss, Brian W.

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Collection of linked stories: published in the US under the title COMMON CLAY. Illustrations by Rosamund Chorley and the author. This copy is from the author's own library, with a white printed label signed by Wendy Aldiss affixed to the first page, stating/''This book was a personal copy of the author Brian W. Aldiss, part of his effects at his home at the time of his death in August 2017. Wendy Aldiss, Literary Executor Brian Aldiss Estate''.

''even for a collection of Brian Aldiss stories, this is unconventional. Many of these tales are interrelated, linked by their themes of life, death, and transformation. Commentary between the narratives shows how such themes are explored in storytelling - and, in one of the most amusing links, how a story may be stretched out until long after bedtime. The twenty stories almost become chapters in a long, curious, decidedly odd novel. Sometimes they are domestic, as in the tense ''Making My Father Read Revered Writings''; sometimes they are startling and horrific, as in ''Horse Meat.'' The disastrous human traits that make life infernal are here, as in ''The Mistakes, Miseries and Misfortunes of Mankind,'' and so too are designs for a happier state of existence, as in ''Three Moon Enigmas'' and ''Her Toes Were Beautiful on the Mountains.'' As is usual with Mr. Aldiss, humor is not lacking here, as in the profoundly Shakespearean ''If Hamlet's Uncle Had Been a Nicer Guy,'' which demonstrates that the Prince of Denmark was losing the Battle of the Bulge, and in the bizarre glimpse of a cost-conscious heaven in ''Evans in His Moment of Glory.''''.

Title: The Secret Of This Book: 20-Odd Stories.

Author Name: Aldiss, Brian W.

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: HarperCollins: London.: 1995.

ISBN Number: 000225364X

ISBN Number 13: 9780002253642

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Page edges browning, else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Seller ID: 14389