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Unregulated chicken butts and other stories
İlyas Halil.
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Short stories. Selections. English
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Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, 1990.
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181 pages ; 23 cm
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Selected stories from the author's Doyumsuz göz and Çıplak Yula.
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An original paperback that brings one of Turkey's most celebrated contemporary poets and writers to English-speaking readers for the first time. Gracefully translated by Joseph S. Jacobson. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Written by a Turkish emigre to Canada, the 35 stories collected here--few longer than 1500 words--are hardly more than vignettes. Set mostly in Canada, they suffer from rudimentary characters and plots and amateurish writing (in ``Montreal . . . Montreal . . .'' prostitutes are described as ``potent, radiant, and ready!''). Some make use of such tired devices as taking a seemingly innocuous situation to its extreme, as in ``Engineer Wanted,'' in which a want ad for a position in Canada placed in a Turkish newspaper attracts such a flood of applicants that the interviewer is driven to exhaustion, then to fleeing his hotel and, eventually, the country. Stories on banal topics--the benefits of country life over urban, the evils of consumerism and computers--are further weighted down by heavy-handed treatment and obvious conclusions. While some pieces rise above this level--notably ``Spring in Magog,'' an appealing tale of generations and cultures finding accommodation within one another, and ``Mud,'' about the different ways youth and age perceive the world--overall, these stories fall flat. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved