The Scream

The Scream

Book - 2006
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Rohinton Mistry is arguably Canada's most beloved and popular writer. His fiction has won prestigious prizes in Canada and around the world. The Oprah's Book Club selection of his novel A Fine Balance increased Mistry's already large audience in North America, and in Canada alone to more than a quarter of a million readers. He is working on a new novel, as yet unscheduled, but this delicious little book will be savoured by Mistry's hungry and devoted fans. The Scream is a single story by Rohinton Mistry, to date his shortest book! And what a gem it is.
Set in a Bombay apartment, The Scream is narrated by a man at the end of his life, who is angry at the predicament of old age, at his isolation from his family and from a world that no longer understands him. He rails and raves in ways that are both hilarious and moving, and which touch us with recognition.

Printed originally in a limited edition of 150 copies that was sold exclusively by World Literacy of Canada as a fundraiser for their organization, The Scream was exquisitely produced and featured original artwork by the celebrated Canadian artist Tony Urquhart. This is the first trade edition of this treasure, which will retain beautiful production values as well as all of Tony Urquhart's colourful, dynamic artwork, which was inspired by the story.

This gorgeous little book is a must-have for all of Rohinton Mistry's fans, for their own shelves as a collector's item and as the perfect gift.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2006.
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780771061325
Branch Call Number: MIS
Characteristics: 34 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Urquhart, Tony


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May 14, 2016

Within these few pages, Mistry succeeds in encompassing the sum total of an old man's shrinking world, with all of its resentment, irony, wry humor, defiance. But there's no regret or despair, just a sense of loss, accompanied by a secret grin at the knowledge that "the others in the back rooms" haven't fooled him at all.

Nov 30, 2015

An allusion filled story; sensitive, quiet, and a bit mysterious.
I had an intractable feeling that it was an excerpt from something larger, rather than just a story on its own.

Aug 02, 2012

A 34 page soliloquay of an old man, illustrated by Tony Urquhart.

Kirbs Sep 14, 2010

This slim book accomplishes in a simple telling what few (Beckett, Albee, Wally Shawn) can/do: "There is no escape."

Jan 10, 2009

This short story is an intriguing puzzle, letting the reader sort out what is fact and what is the feverish fiction of the narrator's ailing mind. This beautiful edition is complemented perfectly by Tony Urquhart's colourful but slightly macabre mixed media illustrations.


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Jan 20, 2009

The first time I heard the scream outside my window, I had just fallen asleep. It was many nights ago. The sound pierced the darkness like a needle. Behind it, it pulled an invisible thread of pain.

The night was suffocating, I remember. There was no sign of rain. The terrible cry disturbed the dry, dusty air, then died in silence.

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