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Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme

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The chief thing to say about Barthelme, beyond praise for his skill, which seems to me supererogatory, is that he donald barthelme 60 stories fiercely committed to showing us a good time, at least in the vast proportion of his work. Many things are silly, especially about modern language, donald barthelme 60 stories there is much sadness everywhere, but all is roughly well.

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A Sucker is Born Every Day: The fog of words is so thick he gets Software Man to leave with a smile on his face. Here are a number of themes I see contained in its mere seven pages: America, land of genocide Why are Indians attacking an American city in the 20th century?


Is this a mental defending of past history, a defending or justifying the genocide of the Native Donald barthelme 60 stories in previous centuries?

In the late s, the time when this story was first published, photographs of Americans torturing Vietnamese first began appearing fairly regularly in magazines and newspapers. Whether that was an improvement or not is for everyone to decide.

However, not everyone can come up with something like 'A Manuel for Sons', which discourses on dandling, calcium candy, and 'the tunneling father. The best way to read this book, then, is to just flip through it and see whatever interests you. I read it from start to finish, yes, but not before I'd already skimmed most of the stories, cracked up a few times, read various parts over, ignored the donald barthelme 60 stories bits, and marked my place with a crayon.

It's that kind of book, and Barthelme is that kind of writer.

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Unlike his derivatives' work, there is real anarchy here, struggling to get out: Barthelme is not big on paragraphic unity: But elsewhere, "A Shower of Gold" and "The Falling Dog" donald barthelme 60 stories full of old-school absurdity, with nonsensical plots, characters reduced to functions and inexplicable, hilarious references look up the 'cat piano' from the former story; Barthelme didn't just invent that.

Some of the stories, perhaps inevitably given Barthelme's roll-the-dice mentality, are more traditional, even conventional: Barthelme sometimes degenerates into lectures "On Angels", "Kierkegaard Unfair to Schlegel"a pedantic tendency he has in common with lesser Borges, but his tangents are usually interesting enough donald barthelme 60 stories make you keep reading.


I'm not sure you could call some of this stuff 'fiction', even; it's more like speculation: At his best here, Barthelme pushes things in ways none of donald barthelme 60 stories derivatives could hope to: Barthelme knew this, and kept it short: So, read this book, retain it, and remember: Barthelme wrote the book.

Check out some of these stories full-length here. Barthelme kills Nabokov dead.

Don't give me that shit; Lolita was overwritten and obnoxious, and the kind of technical gimmickry in Pale Fire, well, Barthelme pulls that off on more or less every other page.