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My Uncle Silas (The Graywolf Short Fiction Series) Hardcover – September, 1984


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Product Details

  • Series: The Graywolf Short Fiction Series
  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Pr (September 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915308622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915308620
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new Granada TV series starting this fall in the UK.

Uncle Silas, the rural reprobate, was popularized in H.E. Bates? magazine short stories. This complete collection is illustrated by Edward Ardizzonne?s original drawings ? perfectly capturing the little red-thatched house atop a violet-banked lane. Over the course of 95 years Uncle Silas led an active life, and loved to boast of his daring fights, and the women whose hearts he?d captured, over a glass of cowslip wine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

H.E. Bates was born in Northamptonshire in 1905. He published his first novel, The Two Sisters, when he was twenty. His most popular creation was the effervescent Larkin family about whom he wrote five novels including The Darling Buds of May. In 1973 he was awarded the CBE. He died in 1974. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on March 14, 2013
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H E Bates classic story, 'My Uncle Silas' is a book of short stories about a bucolic elderly Bedfordshire man, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. The first edition was by published in the late 1930's with several additional stories in the 1950's. The illustrations are an intrinsic part of the book and so perfectly capture the spirit of the English Victorian countryside. Readings from My Uncle Silas are associated with the famous English Actor Bernard Miles in the 1950's and I was delighted to see that famous Silas quote, "I've drunk enough beer, me boyo, to float the fleet, an' a drop over," in Geoffrey Le Rat's new novel. Silas is a lovable old rascal and if you can find a copy of the book I recommend you seize it immediately and never let it go. Incidentally the stories were adapted for TV and in so doing lost 100% of the charm of the H E Bates stories. If you find copies of those DVD's please buy them all and destroy them immediately. Ideal drink for the stories is a good pint of bitter beer with a cheddar cheese and some spring onions. In truth, you can still find characters like Silas in many tiny country pubs in England (but you need to go down dark country lanes to find them); I suggest sitting with them and enjoying your beer for three or four hours (they will tell you lies like you never heard before because they themselves are born story tellers).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sergio on January 27, 2010
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These are not rip-roaring adventures. This is not Harry Potter. These are recollections by the narrator of his irrepressible grandfather, who told wild stories, never slowed down, loved a practical joke, loved the women, and pretty much lived his life as he wanted, regardless of convention.
If you enjoy putting yourself into an earlier time (late 1800s) and a place (rural England) that few people have experienced, this is what you should be reading. Some stories better than others, as usual with any collection, but Uncle SIlas will become a character you wish you had known.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Engineer on August 8, 2007
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The basis of a really outstanding BBC series which did justice to this outstanding HUMAN book.
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