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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Blaft Publications; 1st edition (September 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8190605631
  • ISBN-13: 978-8190605632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fantastic collection of (very) short stories unlike any other. It plays with words and reality in ways that make you crazy and impressed, plus it's funny and, seriously, just that good. --Lisa Gatlin, Arizona Daily Wildcat

Manickavel's stories are a mixture of odd, disjointed flashes, surreal sketches, and more traditionally shaped tales which possess a rare freshness. She is not afraid of the darker corners of human experience and she uses a devilish humour which sits well with the strange goings-on in her work. --Nuala Ni Chonchuir, The Short Review

Not merely lyrical and strange, but also deadpan funny. --Miranda July

About the Author

Kuzhali Manickavel lives in a small temple town on the coast of South India and shares her living space with a cursed mango tree and a rhinoceros beetle in a shot glass.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jacobs on October 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The stories of "Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings" are like well-remembered dreams. They are frustratingly elliptical and playfully topsy-turvey in their abandonment of mundane reality, yet sufficiently vivid and subtle to provide that delicious moment of doubt about the dreaming/waking, imaginary/reportorial dichotomies which make us feel in control of our lives.

This is a wonderful read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie E. Polichar on September 9, 2008
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By turns funny, surreal, philosophical and poignant, Manickavel's outstanding collection of short stories is also stunningly original. She successfully blends elements of surrealism and magic realism with a rich sense of place, and she has a true gift for writing dialogue. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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By Spruce on April 30, 2014
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Being an Indian certainly helped me identify with the characters in her stories. I came across her blog on twitter and bought the book because her blog was sufficient evidence of excellent writing. Once I read the story about Maurice I knew I'd have to read every book she ever writes. My favorite Indian author remains Ruskin Bond for his command over the lucid narrative. Kuzhali will remain on the favorites list for keen sense of the inconsequential and quirky.
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By George I Steblovsky on October 8, 2013
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Wonderful. Nostalgic, sad and funny at the same time. You don't just read these stories, you sense them. They almost have a palpable quality. Great debut.
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After having read some short stories and entries in Kuzhali Manickavel's blog (which you MUST check out, amazon will delete a link, but Google will find it for you, hint: third world ghetto vampire), I had to track down her book. It appears to be published by a firm best known for Bengali Romance novels. Fitting. Manickavel is darned close to my favorite new writer now. Everyone I show this surreal, oddity-filled, beautiful book to wants a copy.
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