The Oxford Book of Adventure Stories by Joseph Bristow

The Oxford Book of Adventure Stories

EditorJoseph Bristow

Hardcover | February 1, 1995

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`The love of adventure, and of mystery, and of a good fight lingers in the minds of men and women.' Thus wrote Andrew Lang in 1887, and the enduring popularity of a genre that was in its heyday at the turn of the century shows no sign of waning. This anthology brings together 23 of the best adventure stories from the zenith of Empire to our present, fragmented, post-colonial world. Pitched against the unknown, against the forces of nature and against man's own treachery, the protagonists' courage and heroism are put to the test. Insettings that range from desert islands to the Java Sea, from war-torn Europe to deepest Africa, heroes battle not only for self-preservation but in defence of country and culture. As the old certainties faded with the loss of empire, so moral complexity and literary sophistication grew, and thevery notion of `adventure' is challenged in fine stories by Paul Bowles, Tim O'Brien, and Margaret Atwood.

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Lecturer in English at York University, Joseph Bristow is the editor of the World's Classics edition of Olive Shreiner's The Story of an African Farm.
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Title:The Oxford Book of Adventure StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.18 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192142143

ISBN - 13:9780192142146

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'The love of adventure, and of mystery, and of a good fight lingers in the minds of men and women.' Thus wrote Andrew Lang in 1887, and the enduring popularity of a genre that was in its heyday at the turn of the century shows no sign of waning. This anthology brings together 23 of the best adventure stories from the zenith of empire to our present fragmented post-colonial world. Pitched against the unknown, against the forces of nature and against man's own treachery, the protaganists' courage and heroism are put to the test. In settings that range from desert islands to the Java Sea, from war-torn Europe to deepest Africa, and from India to the Canadian wastes, heroes battle not only for self-preservation but in defence of country and culture. As the old certainties faded with the loss of empire, so moral complexity and literary sophistication grew, and the very notion of 'adventure' is challenged in fine stories by Paul Bowles, Tim O'Brien, and Margaret Atwood. As well as being an exhilarating collection of classic tales by such masters as Rudyard Kipling, Jack

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`entertaining and challenging selection.'Tim Woodward, Yorkshire Post