2017-08-12 14:52:01

Tales of the Heart: Dreams and Memories of a Lifetime by Harry Mark Petrakis

Tales of the Heart: Dreams and Memories of a Lifetime by Harry Mark Petrakis

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In this warmhearted and luminous collection of his nonfiction writings, Harry Mark Petrakis carries his readers on an odyssey that spans a lifetime. He begins in the intimate province of the family, with memories of childhood, young love, and early marriage; the experience of raising children; the aging and death of parents. Darker sketches tell of gambling obsessions and life in the streets and the risk of death. In reports on travels, Mr. Petrakis turns a sharp eye on England, the Middle East, and his Greek homeland. Whether he is recalling the world of his family or the world grown large, he writes with a novelist's eye and a poet's language. Readers of Mr. Petrakis's work over the years know they will not only see the landscape and the people but come away with a greater understanding of how dreams and memories play a revelatory role in our lives. Kurt Vonnegut has said of Mr. Petrakis's fiction: “I have often thought what a wonderful basketball team could be formed from Petrakis's characters. Every one of them is at least 14 feet tall.” And John Cheever wrote: “I've always thought Harry Mark Petrakis to be a leading American novelist.” Tales of the Heart sustains his position as one of our finest, most affecting authors.

Author
Harry Mark Petrakis
Publisher
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Date of release
Pages
224
ISBN
9781566632430
Binding
Hardcover
Illustrations
Format
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC
Rating
4
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