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Inhaltsangabe: A collection of fourteen short stories includes tales of the well-born and those who serve them as they struggle to display their correctness to those beneath them in the world. A first collection.
From Kirkus Reviews: The sheer unfashionableness of Pyne's debut collection is an excitement. This is anything but standard-issue MFA stuff. She writes about the rich: organized quail-shoots, visits to country chateaus, family vacations at exclusive resorts. The knotty rendering of the stories is unapologetic: a Style. Barely a sentence goes by without a leap leapt, a risk taken, subjects playing peekaboo with predicates. The miasma of sensation negotiated by these characters of privilege harkens back to Henry Green's great, mysterious novel Party Going. But Pyne is hardly Green--yet. Exhilaration fades as you work into the book, as the prose mannerisms (largely borrowed, it seems, from Woolf, Stein, Harold Brodkey) close over your head and as the social portraiture disappears (and along with it any single person's voice except the sovereign one of the narration). Small things like giving or getting gifts or seating arrangements become the frameworks for a papier-mƒch‚ swaddle of choppy reiteration (``Where was it that he had just seen nubs, or had just been thinking of nubs? The father was wondering this. It was, yes! the nubs on a sweater; nubs such as, yes! were on that sweater, the sweater for ladies, the one that he had been fingering in Madrid, deciding, just yesterday, about buying. Or about not buying'') or baroque portentousness (``Victory is the tell-tale country to those who have not been there, I know that--the scene of a little stone throw that turns, with just the telling of it, into the dilation of a lake-sized orgasm''). The best things here are the more conventional, easily realized stories, usually interior monologues by solitary women--``Wind,'' ``Switzerland,'' ``The Dead Parts Only''--but Pyne will be an interesting writer to track as she goes on trying to bring into balance her penchant for literary decoration and an unmistakable talent for the gnostic moments that pepper lives lived among other lives. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Buchbeschreibung Knopf, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP17575206
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Buchbeschreibung Alfred A. Knopf, 1992, c1992, 1992. 1st Edition, boards & cloth, vg-f w/dj, 198 pp, 8vo, 'Look elsewhere if you are looking for chummy reads.'. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 42585
Buchbeschreibung Knopf, 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. 1st Edition.... New York: Knopf (1992). First edition. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. A clean, tight copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket cover. Shipped in well-padded box. Smoke-free shop. Defect-free. REVIEW COPY. Comes with review slip. 0.0. Buchnummer des Verkäufers LW-1113
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