Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. These 17 short stories represent the best of Brodkey's work over three decades. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 23rd by Vintage first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Stories in an Almost Classical Mode , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Stories in an Almost Classical Mode.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 23, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Harold Brodkey — is a major twentieth-century American writer of highly polished, highly poetic fiction first published in The New Yorker, Esquire and other magazines over a thirty years span, s through the s. Published as part of the s Vintage Contemporaries series, this magnificent collection contains 18 stories, some short, some long, 5 pages to 50 pages, but all of these stories speak to the feeling tone of memory and are expressed in such lyrical, elegant language, t Harold Brodkey — is a major twentieth-century American writer of highly polished, highly poetic fiction first published in The New Yorker, Esquire and other magazines over a thirty years span, s through the s.
Published as part of the s Vintage Contemporaries series, this magnificent collection contains 18 stories, some short, some long, 5 pages to 50 pages, but all of these stories speak to the feeling tone of memory and are expressed in such lyrical, elegant language, they are enough to take your breath away. Rather than making general statements about a number of stories, as a way of sharing some Harold Brodkey splendor, I will focus on one shorter piece that will remain with me always: Verona: A Young Woman Speak The Power of Memory: I know a lot!
I know about happiness! So proclaims a young woman describing for us a day and a night when she was a seven-year-old girl traveling in Italy with her mother and father. Sidebar: Personally, I love when a male author tells a tale from the point of view of a first-person woman narrator. Thank you, Harold Brodkey! She knew she decorated life. I understood I was special. Cornucopia — Our little girl says Daddy was a fountain of money and their vacation and travel was one unending spending spree.
I also remember the painting because it showed the hind end of the horse, and I thought that was not nice and rather funny. The Piazza — Two: She describes herself as half mad with pleasure and then her Daddy poured corn in her hands and tells her to hold out her hands. On heavy wings. Clumsy pigeon bodies. They flew at me, slowing at the last minute; they lit on my arm and fed from my hand. I closed my eyes and held my arm stiffly; and felt them peck and eat — from my hand, these free creatures, these flying things. Again and again, more corn, more birds.
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Such a gift. Harold Brodkey - American author in a most classical mode View all 11 comments. Adesso mi aspetto di leggere che lo si ama o lo si odia, tanto per restare nei commenti che non significano nulla, e niente aggiungono o spiegano. Anche questa volta Brodkey sceglie un titolo bello e perfetto: storie in modo quasi classico, dopo primo amore e altri affanni. Che meraviglia. In queste pagine, ci sono bambini che trovano illuminazioni.
Ci sono frammenti di luce alla deriva, come ombre di foglie, dettagli della giornata, ugualmente transitori. Invece, se ero ragionevole, il piacere era assicurato. Molto spesso leggere questi racconti mi ha riportato a galla questo ricordo. In queste zone del libro, Brodkey secca invece di asciugare, recide invece di sciogliere, esaspera invece di ammorbidire, insiste invece di sfumare. View all 15 comments. Oct 28, Lauren Albert rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. I gave this 4 stars remembering how I love it when I read it in the 80s.
I can see a glimmer of what I liked about it at the beginning. By the time I got to the eponymous story at almost pages, I was skimming. Then I was skipping. It seemed self-indulgent, pretentious. In those first few stories I could sense what I originally liked but it's lost its flavor for me. First read View 1 comment. May 18, Geoff Wyss rated it it was amazing. I loved this book, though I'm not sure I would recommend it to most readers. The pieces that seem to be Brodkey at his most essential aren't really stories or so I think would be the common complaint.
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Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the story was originally published in the New Yorker , which tells you how co I loved this book, though I'm not sure I would recommend it to most readers. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the story was originally published in the New Yorker , which tells you how conservative that magazine's fictional tastes have become since Even the more traditionally structured stories for example, "Hofstedt and Jean--and Others," one of my favorites are way, way more talky and ruminative than most contemporary fiction.
View 2 comments. In questo periodo mi capita spesso di incontrare recensori che scovano scrittori neo-"proustiani". E' un dolorosissimo esorcismo. E sono aggettivi che per quanto inconsueti e spiazzanti sembrano "naturali", perfetti. Emozionano e bloccano il pensiero attorno ad un'immagine, una suggestione: un bellissimo effetto.
Da corso di ri educazione, sessuale e non solo soprattutto per i maschietti. Una gran bella raccolta di racconti insomma. Grazie infinite a chi mi ha consentito di scoprirli.
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