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The Pier Falls - And Other Stories

Mark Haddon

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From Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Spot of Bother, and The Red House, nine dazzling stories diverse in style but united in emotional power The tales in Mark Haddon's lyrical and uncompromising new collection take many forms-Victorian adventure story, science fiction, morality tale, contemporary realism-but they all showcase his virtuoso gifts as a stylist and the deep well of empathy that made his three bestselling novels so compelling. The characters here are often isolated physically or estranged from their families, yet they yearn for connection. In aggregate the stories become a meditation on the essential aloneness of the human condition but also on the connections, however tenuous and imperfect, that link people to one another. In the title story, an unnamed narrator describes with cool precision a catastrophe that strikes a seaside town, both tearing lives apart and bringing them together. In the prizewinning story "The Gun," a boy's life is marked by the afternoon he encounters a semiautomatic pistol belonging to his friend's older brother; in "The Island," a Greek princess is abandoned on an island by her abductor; in "The Boys Who Left Home to Learn Fear," a group of adventurers travel deep into the Amazonian jungle but discover the gravest danger lurking among their own number; and in "The Woodpecker and the Wolf," a woman wonders whether she has chosen to travel to Mars only to escape the entanglement of human relationships back here on Earth. Drawing inventively from history, myth, folktales, and modern life, The Pier Falls showcases Haddon's immense gifts of invention and penetrating insight. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman

Length:

9h 7m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:53


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:20