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A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme We could be talking about Bucharest…my home town and a place which has too many churches. These stories vary in the extreme, from a love story about an enormous balloon to the hilarious tale of a witch who gives birth to a diamond to a manual on how to deal with fathers to a falling dog to Montezuma to etc. The blurbs on the back of way too many books. But elsewhere, “A Shower of Gold” and “The Falling Dog” are 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.

It would be hard for a reader to not find at least a few stories that seem geared to them, making this collection rather accessible to a large audience. Suffice to say, for now, that this guy knows what’s the story. His second wife, Helen Barthelme, later wrote a biography entitled Donald Barthelme: Aug 26, MJ Nicholls rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Like all of Barthelme’s work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. So the purpose of much of my subsequent reading was to work out the cause. If so, what a strange way to burn heartbeats before you die. Borges for depressed people.


Bob simply gets more and more drunk and falls more and more in love. I love that I could just randomly listen from here to there and get something out of even the shortest sequences of sentences. When the narrator states his line is software and how he wants to know what they are doing, the chief engineer begins his reply: I saw a quote from Boston Phoenix in my edition that compared Barthelme to Joyce.

In the late s, the time when this story was first published, photographs of Americans torturing Vietnamese first began appearing fairly regularly in eonald and newspapers. The pork with red cabbage steams before them. Will You Tell Me?

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All of which is my roundabout way of praising Don Barthelme for writing stories that hit the aforementioned balls out of the park. I think I always put more elbow grease into sentences and images, and particular cadences that please me. Together then as in other snow times. Hundreds of engineers attend the meeting and as soon as our narrator walks in, he beholds chaos: Some of the language and stylistic choices are bewildering, but often they were just the sort of unique postmodernist obfuscation or structure that I really love.

He is the author of three acclaimed works of fiction. We have a green substance that, well, I’d rather not talk about. Sometimes I feel like a huge misfit writing fiction. Personally, this is one big reason have always refused to watch commercial television: Some of the stories, perhaps inevitably given Barthelme’s roll-the-dice mentality, are more traditional, even conventional: How can I justify my indifference to Donald Barthelme? Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

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It made no sense. They seem to be much of the point. Sep 13, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Human beings communicate primarily by language. Apparently, Barthelme’s short story, Marginsinspired a WordPress layout named after him too download it here.


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You wouldn’t think to find a heart beneath the glittering surface of such postmodern stories, would you? One need only read The Indian Uprisingone of his most famous stories, to be disabused of this notion. The best way to read this book, then, is to just flip through it and see whatever interests barthelm.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. My brain has been put in a blender named Barthelme and ripped to shreds. Who are these people, what are these worlds, why are these strange things happening in this book? Barthelme’s independence also shows in his moving eixty from the family’s Roman Catholicism his suxty was especially devouta separation that troubled Barthelme throughout his life as did the distance with his father.

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These stories have iconoclastic and seemingly improvisational qualities that I found irresistible; Barthelme’s stiries imagination and unpredictability are major reasons for recommending him to readers with offbeat sensibilities. Here is the hypothesis that emerged: David Gates is a book critic at Newsweek. O’Hara played with the brand names of our things, and Donald Barthelme plays with the brand names of our ideas. I am probably exactly the kind of person who would love this book and others might not share my fervent and immediate admiration for it, but you know, it’s worth giving it a shot most of the stories are short.

May 25, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was in my late teens that I fell for Donald Barthelme.