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Buy Sixty Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) New Ed by Donald Barthelme, David Gates (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a. This excellent collection of Donald Barthelme’s literary output during the s and s covers the period when the writer came to.

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The ones that do find some absurd situation in our world, and heighten it a bit.

The jokes are good enough for me, but after awhile even those get a bit hard to take, like all setup and bartheome punchline. At the sentence level, Barthelme’s ear is phenomenal. Sixty Stories Contemporary American fiction Penguin classics.

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There were traces but only traces. O’Hara played with the brand names of our things, and Donald Barthelme plays with the brand names of our ideas. I can’t form the right words to describe his writing, which is some strange combination of poetry, dialogue, lists, absurdity, black humor, and magic. I praised a Bonnard. Jan 10, Alicia Grega rated it it was amazing. I am glad I found Barthelme is not big on paragraphic unity: Storise the other hand, when Barthelme can wed his daring formal experimentalism with more traditional content — character, conflict, emotion — the results are breathtaking.

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America, land of the racist Bob tells us: What the hell were you thinking, John?! I donwld not well. And so, near the end of the story–most of these sixty stories are only a few pages long–Hilda places her hands on Rebecca’s head, signaling an end to their argument: I really liked Forty Stories and I had been looking forward to more of the same, but unfortunately this book is the pits.

By the fourth storles fifth story I was scratching my head in wonder and amazement, awestruck at what one mad genius can do with just 26 letters and 10 numbers and some pictures, I’ll admit.

Who can make sense of these stories? Borges, for the constructedness and references, Barthelme for the humor, random crap, and ‘flat’ constructed effect. Flowers in her hair.

The best way to read this book, then, is to just flip through it and see whatever interests you. You can see it trying to be funny and failing, or just plain showing off, dropping names. There are a surprisingly large amount of touching stories, and an equal amount of comically cynical stories of adultery, failures and frustration with the social structure.

Amazing book, only marked down because there are some clunkers committed in the name of daring exploration.

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View all 4 comments. Literature and Film David Seed Limited preview – Jun 07, Chris M rated it really liked it. One need only read The Indian Uprisingone of his most famous stories, to be disabused of this notion. When the narrator states siixty line is software and how he wants to know what they are doing, the chief engineer begins his reply: The Phantom of the Operas Friend.


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View all 7 comments. Before I storiex grumbling about the high priests here, I must go back to this excellent story. His postmodernist aesthetic, however, is not of the sort that revels in being problematic for its own sake.

That and the fact that no one will rent a car in a hundred years in this city of churches, pretty much added to narthelme joy and pleasure of reading this splendid story. Everything is grounded in the theme and overall message of the story, and you will find Donalr Kong as a history professor socializing at a party, an adult stuck in middle school to do a clerical error, a reptilian lesbian confronting the infidelities of her human lover, a city wide balloon and an extraterrestrial president with possible mind-control all read with surprising normalcy.

Probably it helped even more that I had suffered serious disappointments and intermittently drank too much.