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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank - Nathan Englander
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
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These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.... show more
These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.   The title story, inspired by Raymond Carver’s masterpiece, is a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. In the outlandishly dark “Camp Sundown” vigilante justice is undertaken by a group of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. “Sister Hills” chronicles the history of Israel’s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child. Marking a return to two of Englander’s classic themes, “Peep Show” and “How We Avenged the Blums” wrestle with sexual longing and ingenuity in the face of adversity and peril. And “Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother’s Side” is suffused with an intimacy and tenderness that break new ground for a writer who seems constantly to be expanding the parameters of what he can achieve in the short form.   Beautiful and courageous, funny and achingly sad, Englander’s work is a revelation.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307958709 (0307958701)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 207
Edition language: English
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0.0 What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories
I abandoned this a few months ago after reading the title story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, but decided to give it another go. I enjoyed but wasn't wowed by any of the stories until Free Fruit for Young Widows, which was absolutely terrifying and heartbreaking.
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4.0 ... When We Talk About Anne Frank - Nathan Englander
To write a review about a book full of short stories is always more difficult for me, as it is to write one for a novel. There is the shortness that you get, to get used to the characters and the plot, there is also the problem that it contains a lot of stories, and it is rarely that one is as good ...
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I like the way he writes about Jewish/Israeli history & cultural traditions & how they affect people's lives.
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2.0 What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank: Stories [ WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK: STORIES ] by Englander, Nathan (Author ) on Feb-07-2012 Compact Disc
I feel like I should give this more stars and that I should have liked it more but, honestly, it just wasn't for me. There was nothing wrong with it, just not to my tastes.
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I only read two of the stories, but with reach i felt empty. I felt a huge disconnect between the writers intent and the finished product. I did not, as i usually feel while reading short stories, and emptiness stirred by a desire for more. I did not feel the demand for more.... More dammit. as a wh...
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