The landscapes of drug addiction and war and its aftermath are depicted with rueful wit and furious intensity in these seven strongly imagined tales, written between 1969 and the present. The title story is a riveting account of the tangled lines that weave together the relationship of a father and his grown daughter. The E-mail message field is required. The stories are all slow, but never dull, and we observe these characters struggle with their own misery in - despite the odd situations they may find themselves in - surprisingly lifelike ways. On top of the curtain she had rested one of her wall crucifixes. Upward creasing to upper and lower edges of front and rear panels. Most of the characters in Stone's stories are male, most of them have no first names.
The emotional interplay between these two characters is, I suppose, shocking, as is its ending, and I suppose that that's part of the attraction here, but that's not the real reason that I spend my time reading this author. The Bear is a man named Smart, who is a one time hot poet who is now on a tour of poetry readings through college towns. She gathered Mary to her large, soft, barren breast. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Helping pretty much exemplifies the entire collection, as the characters' mistakes keep compounding, and they struggle against themselves inescapably. In the space of five or six sentences he'd give the reader character depth, the conflict, and a beautiful, brief casual sentence of setting.
It was largely a city of racial minorities, in the late stages of passing from the control of a corrupt white political machine to that of a corrupt black one. My favorite was the title story, although disturbing it was 'great'. Maybe his strength is novels and not short stories. The content of these stories is nothing new: life, death, love, and alcohol, but you can't help but be moved by their immense pressure. In the previous twelve months, according to the county newspaper, no fewer than four of the immigrants had been shot dead in holdups and another four wounded. He showed them the squint, the bared canines. Maybe out of the bitter wind into the crack houses.
This is a very good short story collection. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. In it, a woman who's suffered an unimaginable family tragedy is theological extremes and political radicalism, but what makes the story really special is how ordinary, perhaps even logical, Stone makes the journey sound. This is a dark story. About every fifth house was derelict and inside some of these candlelight was already flickering.
Honorable mentions: Bear and His Daughter, 'Porque No Tiene, Porque Le Falta' Take-home message: Wow. Stone has said that he learned not to throw the conflict in the plot in too early or too late, but in this work he weaves it in masterfully until, like the characters, paranoia sets in and you don't know where the true threat is until it's too late. It was the will of God. And while the novels allow time to get to know the characters and to see the seeds of redemption in their hard falls, that is missing here. For me, the stories which most hit home were two pieces which extended to novella length.
Man U had just beaten Juventus in the European Cup semi final. And his writing is clean but not overly spare. For me, the stories which most hit home were two pieces which extended to novella length. Her companion, a Shoshone Indian named John, senses that the visit from the elder Smart will bring out the worst in both father and daughter. They are intense, completely absorbing experiences that absolutely must be read in one sitting. But I do remember in his memoir his stating how hard it is to write short stories after having been made to read Hemingway's. Combining Hemingway-like vigor with Kafkaesque despair.
No marks or highlighting in text. The emotion is palpable, as is the pessimistic and wry despair of the main character, whose ultimate resignation to his fate smacks of the black humor which comes of events too stark and terrible to be fathomed rationally. The characters here on Robert Stone was a brilliant author who delved into the dark side of human issues and had a particularly fine sense of men on the edge who were about to go off of the rails. Mary had come to know it well and, comprehending both the bitter and the sweet of Auburn Hill, was fond of it. A woman takes it upon herself to give aborted fetuses a Catholic burial; a crystal meth addict dreams of seducing her alcoholic father; drug smugglers find themselves drowning in the Atlantic Ocean; a woman pops some pills and hallucinates a conversation with a dolphin. I took my time reading these, which kind of suggests that I never felt driven to finish the collection right away. Didn't blow me away, yet it did give me an insight into Robert Stone and I do not hesitate to read more.
May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Man U had just beaten Juventus in the European Cup semi final. Stone is well-known for uncompromising prose on subjects as divergent as Vietnam and Hollywood. This story is right up there with the best efforts of Conrad, Melville, London, or Crane. This collection of short stories is very good.
Two other stories reveal the violent transformative consequences of drug-running operations, combining Hemingway-like vigor with Kafkaesque despair. A short distance before Temple Street doglegged into the strip of Route 4, it passed the dangerous side of a city park in which there was a large lake. The fetuses were stored for disposal along with everything else. Mary Urquhart looked carefully about her as she went out the door into the library parking lot for the walk to her old station wagon. Bookseller: , Washington, United States Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1998. She had an ongoing dialogue with a few of the men. Sort of like an inverse best-of-Bruckner collection, including only the biggest crescendos.