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Flannery O’Connor, A Short Story Review

By on Jan 28, 2016 in Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing | 1 comment

O'Connor's metaphors and character descriptions are so vivid they jar the mind. Her writing is energetic and barbed with such naked honesty it initially struck me as rude or written by a rube but nothing could be further from the...

Svetlana Alexievich, Chernobyl and the Nobel Prize

By on Oct 24, 2015 in Book Reviews, Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 5 comments

Svetlana Alexievich Svetlana Alexievich wrote Voices from Chernobyl: A History of a Nuclear Disaster, a compilation of the stories of many people tied together by one uncomfortable fact; they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were there when the Chernobyl plant...

Ralph Ellison: King of the Bingo Game and Invisible Man

By on Jul 24, 2014 in Book Reviews, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 12 comments

Ralph Ellison, author of the week in my Wednesday Writing Group, wrote "King of the Bingo Game" in 1944, eight years before the publication of his monumental novel, Invisible Man. The story was an incubator for many of the techniques that grew to maturity in Invisible...

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Up Close and Personal

By on May 21, 2014 in Book Reviews, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 8 comments

In my opinion One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a masterpiece of...

Aren’t You Happy With Me? by Richard Bausch

By on Feb 25, 2014 in Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 0 comments

 The short story, Aren't You Happy With Me? can be found at http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/arent-you-happy-for-me-1621301.html Aren't You Happy With Me? is the second story we have read of the incomparable writer, Richard...

On Reading a Letter from his Father by Nadine Gordimer

By on Feb 19, 2014 in Short Story Reviews | 2 comments

Nadine Gordimer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature is a great writer. And, that's it, period. The problem here is that I don't think we can fully appreciate her talents from this particular short story.  It doesn't illustrate her ability as a writer so much as confirm her life...

Franz Kafka and Rationalization based on reading The Penal Colony

By on Feb 6, 2014 in Short Story Reviews | 0 comments

We are observers in life, travelers, and as we travel, we soak in the moral atmosphere we...

Thoughts on Reading The Silence by T.C. Boyle

By on Jan 25, 2014 in Short Story Reviews | 0 comments

The Silence by T. C. Boyle can be read at http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/08/the-silence/308040/ I loved this story. I liked the way he broke up the sections and named each part. I like the exuberance and fluidity of his prose, the quickness of it as if he were dancing a comic jig with language.  Adjectives others have used to describe him include exuberant, like I said, and, in addition, lyrical, manic, and bawdy. He is likened to John Barth, one of my favorites although I....   [Read...