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Spring Song

A collection of stories by

"They break all the rules of short-story writing - or, occasionally and devastatingly keep them. Whether the rules are kept or broken the stories are extraordinarily vivid and powerful, the writing often magically good. What a writer we lost when Joyce Cary died."
The Sunday Times

"Whenever I am idle I choose a Cary novel in the way I might seek a friend's company, and it is not long before I am encouraged, inspired to write."
Paul Theroux

"A marvellous writer - fresh, funny, popping with life."
Doris Lessing

Widely varied in every way, these thirty-four stories are united by their narrative brilliance.

They range from ironic meditation on good and evil to joyful celebration of human creativity.

They are set in Africa, in England, in the present or the past, in a child's microcosm, a Nigerian bush-station, a businessman's home, a soldier's night under the stars.

Their characters are as various as their settings - devoted mothers, children practicing to be grownups or in rebellion, harassed men trying to reconcile dream and reality.

In length and technique they show the same extraordinary variety. The two long narratives of African life contrast with the miniatures such as 'Romance', the only short story that Time magazine had hitherto published.


Used availability for Joyce Cary's Spring Song

Hardback Editions

February 1974 : UK Hardback

Title: Spring Song
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-1221-0 / 978-0-7181-1221-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback

Title: Spring Song and other stories
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-24-3 / 978-1-910670-24-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Spring Song and other stories
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA