While Mortals Sleep
A collection of sixteen previously unpublished stories by the twentieth century master
Paperback$12.95 RRPISBN: 9780099529064Published: 01/12/2011Imprint: Vintage ClassicsExtent: 272 pages
EBookCHECK RETAILER PRICEISBN: 9781448113934Published: 06/10/2011Imprint: Vintage DigitalExtent: 272 pages
In While Mortals Sleep men and machines, art and artifice, fortune and fame become curiously twisted. A travelling salesman falls in love a robot, Jenny, a refrigerator with personality. A man plays with his model trains too much until the women in his life decide to take matters into their own hands.A young typist receives a plea for help on her Dictaphone - it is from an escaped, dying murderer hiding somewhere in the works of her company's factory. In the title story, a hard-nosed reporter is called upon to judge the annual Christmas lights competition - a job that leads him to learn something about the true meaning of Christmas.
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