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Him With His Foot In His Mouth And Other Stories

Author: Saul Bellow
Publisher: Odyssey Editions
ISBN: 162373035X
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Five of Saul Bellow’s most moving, richly textured, and exquisitely plotted short stories make up this volume, each providing a history of personality and self-awakening. The title story, “Him with His Foot in His Mouth,” follows a musicologist narrator who for years has scattered wounding witticisms “from the depths of my nature, that hoard of strange formulations.” As the story unfolds he tries to discover what led him into a “deep legal-financial hole,” while he awaits extradition from a refuge in British Columbia. “What Kind of Day Did You Have?” follows a divorced suburban woman and her lovers—would-be and actual—through a frantic day in their lives. Their needs and passions, as well as their comic conflicts, are matters of life and death. In “Zetland: By a Character Witness” and in “A Silver Dish,” Bellow returns, with his unequaled command of eloquent recollected detail, to a bygone Chicago, “Zetland” is a brilliant portrait of an artist as a young boy and a man, precocious and eccentric; “A Silver Dish” is a memorable story of a raffish, willful father and his affectionate son. “Cousins,” the final story in the volume, explores the mysteries of family feeling—mysteries that defy both logic and the worthiness of their objects, as Ijah Brodsky, successful in the larger world, is drawn into an encounter with criminal and naively idealistic forces. This collection represents a turning point in the bountiful career of Saul Bellow, a felicitous rendering of the human condition in all its absurd complexity.

Pieces Of Resistance

Author: Eugene Goodheart
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521340366
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Pieces of Resistance is a 1988 collection of Eugene Goodheart's essays and reviews written between 1960 and 1985. The book responds to the political, cultural, and literary changes expressed during this period by novelists, critics, and journalists. Goodheart's book is divided into three parts. The first section discusses critics Trilling, Rahv, Leslie Fiedler, Geoffrey Hartman, David Bleich, and Susan Sontag - to name a few. The second part devotes itself to contemporary culture and includes essays on journals such as The New York Review of Books, Commentary, and The Evergreen Review, which in the 1960s and early 1970s provided a well-lit playground for various political, cultural, and literary themes. Finally, Goodheart examines the work of many modern writers with essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer, Daniel Fuchs, Ralph Ellison, Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul, Bernard Malamud, William Styron, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, and Saul Bellow. Goodheart does not pretend to impersonal objectivity; his commitment to evaluative criticism is a deliberate response to increasingly specialized forms of criticism.

Small Planets

Author: Gerhard Bach
Publisher: MSU Press
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Saul Bellow's short stories have been read both individually and as companion pieces to his masterworks. Though his universe has come to be known by its larger planets—The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Humboldt's Gift, Mr. Sammler's Planet—there are a surprisingly sizable number of smaller Bellovian planets that adorn our literary universe. Their appearance, though not always fully recognized, is significant. Bellow's stories also reflect that his recurring themes have, like a fine vintage, aged with time to provide us now with a significant body of short fiction, characterized by both its elegant brevity and its measured intensity. Gloria Cronin and Gerhard Bach have collected a volume of essays that examine Bellow's sharp wit, precise description, unforgettable portraits, and finely crafted dialogue that remind us of the fiction of sensibility and character portraiture of Hawthorne and James. Like so many of the great modernists who preceded him, Bellow, too, has become a master of the short story and the novella. His is a legacy of elegance, intensity, and clarity.

The Oxford Book Of Jewish Stories

Author: Ilan Stavans
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195110196
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Presents the work of more than fifty notable Jewish writers from a dozen countries and from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, including Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Cynthia Ozick

Last Stories And Other Stories

Author: William T Vollmann
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698135482
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Supernaturally tinged stories from William T. Vollmann, author of the National Book Award winner Europe Central In this magnificent new work of fiction, his first in nine years, celebrated author William T. Vollmann offers a collection of ghost stories linked by themes of love, death, and the erotic. A Bohemian farmer’s dead wife returns to him, and their love endures, but at a gruesome price. A geisha prolongs her life by turning into a cherry tree. A journalist, haunted by the half-forgotten killing of a Bosnian couple, watches their story, and his own wartime tragedy, slip away from him. A dying American romances the ghost of his high school sweetheart while a homeless salaryman in Tokyo animates paper cutouts of ancient heroes. Are ghosts memories, fantasies, or monsters? Is there life in death? Vollmann has always operated in the shadowy borderland between categories, and these eerie tales, however far-flung their settings, all focus on the attempts of the living to avoid, control, or even seduce death. Vollmann’s stories will transport readers to a fantastical world where love and lust make anything possible.

How They Met And Other Stories

Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375849428
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to have fans of Boy Meets Boy eager to devour it. Here are 18 stories, all about love, all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection, David Levithan proves that love is a many splendored thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kangchenjunga And Other Stories

Author: Robert Halsey
Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore
ISBN: 1482824388
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Halsey is an active member of a creative writing group called “Tapestry” that operates out of the Cockburnshire Library in Spearwood, Western Australia. “Kangchenjunga and Other Stories” is a collection of insights derived mainly from the troubled world in which he lives in, but some have been inspired from real personal experiences and some from history. “Kangchenjunga” is his imprimatur derived from a real spiritual experience that was born out of talking to young German backpackers in Darjeeling and immersing their experiences in cultural and folkloric material of the tribal people from Nepal and Bhutan. Out of the rich amalgam comes a searing tragedy that will haunt the reader for a long time to come. Man is mortal. We live a short time and then pass on. The world we leave behind remains as cold and indifferent. We leave our stories as testaments to our miserable achievements or lack of achievements, We should be grateful if the stories we leave behind in the insubstantial pages of literature, or history, can offer someone somewhere an insight or some moments of satisfaction having decoded the messages held in stories, poems, and dramas. Such are the delights offered in stories like “Adam,” “Send for Eliab,” “Through Fire and Brimstone,” “Cleansing the Land,” “Lamp Shades and Cushion Covers,” and “When the God of Death Is the Death of God.” Some readers may find some stories distressing, but the poetry that emanates from them tries to compensate for the harsh reality of a heartless and cold world that is indifferent to the stories that derive from our lives we are driven to leading. These stories are like the metaphors of life we leave narrated in and left to time. It is you, the reader, that will give them a measure of immortality as you keep reading, making the stories of these sad victims your own. Live again, but in another dimension—your own and these others.

The Pet Sitter Beware The Werepup And Other Stories

Author: Julie Sykes
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 144724138X
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When animal lover Max sets up his pet-sitting business, he finds himself looking after some VERY unusual pets . . . Max has to contend with a werepup who can only be walked at night, a parrot whose practical jokes land them both in serious trouble, a time-travelling dormouse, and a talking cat with way too much attitude. Max's pet-sitting abilities are put to the test in these hilarious adventures. In this brilliant story collection all four The Pet Sitter books are brought together for the very first time. Prepare to meet some bizarre pets whose antics will make you laugh out loud! You'll never look at your pet in quite the same way again . . .

Blood Money And Other Stories

Author: Elmore Leonard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061981028
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Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, the incomparable Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating a popular genre with his now-trademark twisting plots, rich characterizations, and scalpel-sharp dialogue. For every story of inspiring moral courage in America's untamed West, there's one of greed and duplicity, of corrupted souls willingly sacrificed to a merciless deity of ill-gotten gold. The New York Times-bestselling Grand Master brings us seven unforgettable western tales of noble stands and cowardly compromises—and battles of will more devastating than a blazing gunfight.