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The Collected Stories By Amy Hempel The Collected Stories The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel gathers together the complete work of a writer whose voice is as singular and astonishing as any in American fiction Hempel fiercely admired by writers and reviewe

  • Title: The Collected Stories
  • Author: Amy Hempel
  • ISBN: 9780743289467
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Collected Stories By Amy Hempel The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel gathers together the complete work of a writer whose voice is as singular and astonishing as any in American fiction Hempel, fiercely admired by writers and reviewers, has a sterling reputation that is based on four very short collections of stories, roughly fifteen thousand stunning sentences, written over a period of nearly three decaThe Collected Stories of Amy Hempel gathers together the complete work of a writer whose voice is as singular and astonishing as any in American fiction Hempel, fiercely admired by writers and reviewers, has a sterling reputation that is based on four very short collections of stories, roughly fifteen thousand stunning sentences, written over a period of nearly three decades These are stories about people who make choices that seem inevitable, whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience With compassion, wit, and the acutest eye, Hempel observes the marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation in an uneasy America When Reasons to Live, Hempel s first collection, was published in 1985, readers encountered a pitch perfect voice in fiction and an unsettling assessment of the culture That collection includes San Francisco, which Alan Cheuse in The Chicago Tribune called arguably the finest short story composed by any living writer In At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, her second collection, frequently compared to the work of Raymond Carver, Hempel refined and developed her unique grace and style and her unerring instinct for the moment that defines a character Also included here, in their entirety, are the collections Tumble Home and The Dog of the Marriage As Rick Moody says of the title novella in Tumble Home, the leap in mastery, in seriousness, and sheer literary purpose was in
    The Collected Stories By Amy Hempel

    The Collected Stories FSG Classics Paley, Grace The Collected Stories is a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction The Book Review Book recommendations, author interviews, editors picks, and Read it now Enter your mobile The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel is actually four books in one The book pulls together the short stories published in Hempel s collections Reasons to Live , At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom , Tumble Home , and The Dog of the Marriage The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Welty, Eudora From the Back Cover One of the truly great works of twentieth century American literature, Eudora Welty s Collected Stories confirms her place as a contemporary master of short fiction Welty Collected Stories by Lorrie Moore, Hardcover Barnes Noble Up to sh backMar , Collected here for the first time in one volume are forty stories by Lorrie Moore originally published in the acclaimed collections Self Help, Like Life, Birds of America, and Bark The Collected Stories by Grace Paley, Paperback Barnes Up to sh backApr , The Collected Stories by Grace Paley, Paperback Barnes Noble This reissue of Grace Paley s classic collection a finalist for the National Book The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury is a projected eight volume scholarly publication by Kent State University Press aiming to collect every short story published by Ray Bradbury, presented in

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    1. Adrianne Mathiowetz on said:

      This is one of those books that has you rereading sentences over and over again, not because you couldn t parse their basic meaning, but because you suspect that a second reading will glean another, subtle bit of information It will also make you want to own a dog It will also have you falling in love with Amy Hempel and wanting to make her your bride, in a house on the countryside with a weedy garden and a swamp nearby.I started reading God of Small Things within five minutes of finishing Hemp [...]

    2. Melanie on said:

      Amy Hempel writes intriguing, beautifully constructed sentences Piecemeal they are pretty darn awesome Here s the rub I m not sure if how one incredible sentence leads into another is coherent enough for me I found a major disconnect It s like being walked into a conversational corner, like recently when my sister in law compared the intrigues of Tupperware parties with Australian parliament There may be true enough correlations, but I just couldn t get there Either place.On the other hand, the [...]

    3. Matt on said:

      The reason for reading this book was because I could not otherwise get away from this lady until doing so One such instance involved an innocent perusal of Raymond Carver s entry, and there was Hempel and Gordon Lish sitting one booth over and trying to look conspicuously casual Another time I was cruising Palahniuk feeling all manly and disenfranchised, of course , and there she was again, rocking back and forth on her heels expectantly after blurting out an awkward Hi This is obviously all in [...]

    4. Ian Mullet on said:

      i kind of just want to copy one of her stories and so that s what i m going to do her stories are pretty short and this may be the shortest of them all it s called The Man in Bogata The police and emergency service people fail to make a dent The voice of the pleading spouse does not have the hoped for effect The woman remains on the ledge though not, she threatens, for long.I imagine that I am the one who must talk the woman down I see it, and it happens like this.I tell the woman about a man in [...]

    5. David on said:

      I know it s a cliche, but some of these stories just took my breath away In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is buried is just extraordinary, but there are at least a half a dozen other stories which are just as good This book contains all four collections of short stories written by Hempel over the last 20 years and has been praised to the skies Deservedly so, IMO Some of the stories are less than a page long, but they all pack a punch.A couple of months later, and I m downgrading this review to 4 [...]

    6. Charlotte on said:

      Am I the only reader who doesn t take pleasure in reading Amy Hempel She is always praised for writing the perfect sentence, for the way she distills a story to its poetic essence, for writing precise little gems Some stories are less than two pages long How can I describe my aversion Is it that I feel like I m being toyed with That Hempel s spareness is a literary exercise There s a chill in her writing that comes from that spareness, I think There was one story that was superb, In the Cemetery [...]

    7. Núria on said:

      Debo ser desconfiada por naturaleza, porque cuando veo que un libro tiene cr ticas muy dispares unas muy buenas y otras mal simas sospecho, pero lo cierto es que tambi n desconf o cuando un libro s lo tiene cr ticas excelentes Para m es m s f cil creer que un libro est sobrevalorado que no que es tan bueno que consigue que todos los cr ticos se pongan de acuerdo Por supuesto, me pas esto mismo con los cuentos de Amy Hempel Os desaf o a que encontr is una cr tica mala de Amy Hempel buscad y s lo [...]

    8. Autumn Christian on said:

      Every story is a treasure a puzzle box, or a quilt of memories every sentence like an imperceptible razor.

    9. Justin Kelly on said:

      This author was recommended to me by Chuck Palahniuk That dude s crazy I liked her stories though.

    10. Corey on said:

      I workshopped a story about a dog in one of my fiction writing classes at school last semester, and several people informed me that I needed to read Amy Hempel They told me that she wrote these great stories that always had dogs in them They always have dogs in them I asked That s like her trademark And while I was busy sort of mocking this idea, one of my friends pointed out that I had written a story about a dog, and I found myself out of excuses.And wow, am I ever glad that I read the works o [...]

    11. Jenna on said:

      Hempel has a way of making you aware of the mundane and fractured events of your life, taking stock in what normally wouldn t make the final edit of your This Is Your Life reel I both get her and don t, connect with her narrators I use the plural, but they all seem to be fundamentally the same and loathe them at the same time I was amazed to read this collection, which includes stories from previous books spanning many years, and near the end feel like these stories were meant to be read togethe [...]

    12. Barbara Wahl on said:

      Da gustare a piccole dosi Eccellenti i primi racconti, taglienti anzi affilati, giusti al limite del crudele La scelta di raccogliere in un solo volume tutti i racconti non indovinata ogni periodo ha un suo ritmo, un suo mondo, una cadenza ed avvicinare gli uni agli altri in una sola volta produce effetti indigesti Leggeteli separatamente.

    13. Vincent Scarpa on said:

      It d been a while since I reread the entirety of Hempel s Collected There are certain stories I revisit with regularity In the Cemetery, Today Will Be a Quiet Day, The Harvest, The Most Girl Part of You, The Dog of the Marriage but I felt an urge to go through them all again, and I m so glad I did Not that it delivered me unto anything I didn t already know Amy Hempel is a genius, and on the Mount Rush of short story writers, DUH but it was a pleasure to reread stories that hadn t grabbed me the [...]

    14. Ciòran(core) on said:

      Tolta l acqua dalla soluzione, restano i sali I racconti di Carver sono corsi d acqua che osserviamo scorrere fino all istante prima di svoltare in un ansa, o un istante dopo essere precipitati nella cascata La Hempel invece asciuga i suoi per ottenere puri aggregati salini non un caso che lei, Lish, lo ringrazi Lo schema si ripete pi o meno identico aggregato di informazioni irrilevanti futili che sottendono il Significato perla di saggezza finale Quindi il giochino intellettual cerebrale del t [...]

    15. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" on said:

      This has all four of Amy Hempel s short story collections in one volume I am assigning it four stars mostly on the strength of her first collection, Reasons to Live published way back in the 1980s I kept thinking a female Richard Brautigan while reading her early stories Quirky subjects and bizarre dialogue You just never know where she s going to go next Three of my four favorite stories in the whole book are from this first collection The other three collections just don t have that edge, and [...]

    16. Erik F. on said:

      There is some really terrific material in this collection Hempel has a remarkable talent for refreshing turns of phrase and revealing details that lesser writers would never consider At their best the stories exude sprightly spontaneity along with shrewd perceptions of human emotions and shortcomings Hempel s voice is consistently wry, tough, and wise but never self important or excessively pessimistic She s charming and disarming, yet unafraid of packing emotional punches candid honesty and art [...]

    17. Francisco on said:

      Annie Dillard writes in one of her books about a young student approaching his famous writer professor So you think I can be a great writer asks the student I don t know Do you like sentences answers his teacher I thought about this as I read Amy Hempel s book because I paused after so many sentences while reading Paused not only for wow but paused also for mmm and paused also for ouch , like when the sentence evoked the memory of hurt to you or by you If you like to write, this book will help b [...]

    18. Ann Douglas on said:

      The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel is actually four books in one The book pulls together the short stories published in Hempel s collections Reasons to Live 1985 , At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom 1990 , Tumble Home 1997 , and The Dog of the Marriage 2005 Hempel s writing is dark and often funny Her imagery is always memorable her voice has lost weight And her observations via her narrators about her characters are always telling He could not wait to get rid of them so he could enjoy remember [...]

    19. Will on said:

      It was hard for me to read this book without constantly thinking about the agonizing amount of work that had to go into every single sentence I kept picturing this frowny faced, chain smoking woman slumped over a typewriter desperately trying to warp every word to express exactly what she wanted The end result was appropriately rewarding.

    20. Denny on said:

      2.5 stars Good stories keenly observed and literately told I had a hard time deciding whether to go with 2 or 3 stars I prefer to read books, whether fiction or nonfiction, that don t seem like the author is either taking him or herself too seriously or is trying too hard to write capital L Literature, and Amy Hempel does both And she s very good at it, which is why, of course, she s beloved of literary critics and writers alike.

    21. Bhaskar Maji on said:

      Amy Hempel s powerful fiction will make you cry, will make you laugh, and finally will break your heart and then wring it out to dry.Readers, she will teach you what it means to read fiction again.Writers, beware there is a Ramadhir Singh inside her that wants to tell you ki Rehne do beta, tumse na ho payega Or as Chuck Palahniuk, the writer who introduced me to Amy Hempel s fiction says, You will write, but you will never write this well.

    22. Brian on said:

      I have a friend who once wanted to learn to play guitar But, when he heard Jimi Hendrix play, he decided to give up the instrument because he couldn t imagine himself ever being able to play like that Amy Hempel makes me feel the same way about writing my fledgling attempts at writing fiction look clumsy and silly next to Ms Hempel s elegant and delicate prose.Ms Hempel has a reputation for being a minimalist writer Not being a literature major, I m unsure of the exact definition of that term of [...]

    23. Kirby on said:

      Amy Hempel is a pretty pretty cool lady She writes kind of like Joan Didion, except a little funnier and with stories about dogs I really enjoyed this compilation of her four short story books, which is full of simple yet touching musings on California, animals, painters, infidelity, loss and starting anew after loss Many stories touch on dark issues but I would say that overall, her work is quite uplifting And The Dog of the Marriage, a story about a woman who trains cute pups to be seeing eye [...]

    24. Andrej on said:

      Her sentences are clear and hard and sometimes heavy, like glass I beams That s a bad metaphor, because they aren t transparent the sentences are the things you notice the most I first read Amy Hempel s story, The Harvest, a while ago I don t remember who told me about it Someone in a writing group somewhere I found it online and thought it was the most compressed, sharp blade of a story I d ever read I saved it somewhere on a now defunct laptop But now I ve got the collection Most of the storie [...]

    25. Eileen on said:

      This is a book that many fiction writers have been waiting for for a long time, especially since Hempel s Reasons to Live has been out of print for a while Essentially, this omnibus collection gathers together Hempel s four books of short fiction, including her most recent The Dog of the Marriage The book has been widely lauded in the press, but I will just say here that if you are looking to read some short stories by a master of minimalist fiction whose work is wryly funny and sad at the same [...]

    26. Julie on said:

      Hempel is amazing Her prose is as crisp and sharp as you ll find and yet, enviably, appears effortless Her style reminds me of a writing instructor of mine, who would always ask us Is every word in that sentence necessary How much would you pay for that one there The lesson being, if you wouldn t lay your money on the line for any extraneous words, why include them If Hempel took my instructor s class, she would be the teacher s pet Every word in Hempel s stories has a purpose and every word has [...]

    27. Valerie Baber on said:

      Because I typically fall asleep or become distracted after a few pages of reading, short stories are ideal for me In addition to that, a well read friend of mine recommended this book to me, so I was really looking forward to exploring it My excitement did not last long, however I ve read about four of her stories now, and I m still wondering when things are supposed to become interesting The book has been given plenty of awards and good reviews, but I can t quite seem to figure out why Nothing, [...]

    28. Karl Nehring on said:

      I tried to like her stories, but after making it about a third of the way through this book, I gave up something I rarely do The writing just seemed too affected, too deliberately offhand Try as I might, I simply could not connect with her characters, and I simply could not relate to the universe they inhabited A quick example In one story, a character is said to hurl his wife s false teeth like a discus Sorry, that is simply not believable, and seems to have been written by someone who has no i [...]

    29. carolyn on said:

      Contained within these pages are short stories that can make you stop breathing, sentences that I will remember forever and ever, that burned themselves into my brain the second I read them I was AMAZED to learn that In the Cemetary where Al Jolson is Buried was the first piece of fiction she d EVER written It s beautiful and real, real than this keyboard I m typing on or the trees out my window I will buy my own copy of this book and re read these stories for the rest of my life Each story is [...]

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