The perils and pleasures that attends growing up. In 'a handful of nuts', the first of the novellas in this book, the reader is treated to vintage bond-a gloriously funny and unexpectedly tender story of being young and adventurous in small town india. The central character would like to establish himself as a writer but he is constantly diverted from his task by assorted escapades, romances, friends and other distractions. Containing some of bond's finest writing it is a classic coming of age story, told in a fresh and compelling way. 'the sensualist', the second novella, is altogether more sombre but deals with a similar theme-the trials and tribulations of a young man are coming of age. Gripping, erotic, even brutal, it explores the demons that its protagonist must grapple with before he is able to come to terms with himself.
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Used availability for Ruskin Bond's Strangers in the Night
January 1994 : UK Paperback
March 1996 : UK Paperback