A Treatise on Shelling Beans

A Treatise on Shelling Beans


Our hero and narrator is the growing old caretaker of cottages at a summer season hotel. A mysterious customer evokes him to proportion the tale of his lengthy lifestyles: we witness a contented youth reduce brief by means of the struggle, his hiding from the Nazis buried in a heap of potatoes, his plodding makes an attempt to play the saxophone, the brutal homicide of his kinfolk, loves misplaced yet remembered, and footloose travels out of the country. advised within the demeanour of associates and buddies swapping tales over the mundane job of shelling beans—in the grand oral culture of Myśliwski’s celebratedStone Upon Stone—each anecdote, lived adventure, and reminiscence accrues cross-stitched layers of which means. through turns hilarious and poignant, A Treatise on Shelling Beans is an epic recounting of a lifestyles that, whereas common, is whatever yet usual.

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