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now or if his particular blend melancholy and regret are only suited to theor if his particular blend of melancholy and regret are only suited to the I ve becomeThis is a great collection of short stories and it was especially exciting to see his occasional umps outside the comfort zone of rural New Hampshire Still my favorites from the collection are probably The Fisherman and Plains of Abraham both of which manage to merge Banks genius
At Characterization With Acharacterization with a story The Moor is also great although it lacks much in the way of plot Russell Banks is not for everyone His writing has been described as harsh and most people who prefer either light reading or fantasy hate his work and in my experience Banks seems to provoke love or hate responses You have to appreciate gritty realism methodical character and plot development and preferably have a familiarity with northern New England and upstate New York to appreciate his stories With that stated upfront he is a very talented writer with a deep understanding of human nature and his best work including Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter leaves the reader with a deepened understanding of human nature This is a collection of short fiction from close to four decades of writing selected by the author to represent what he feels is his strongest work Sarah Cole A Type of Love Story in particular stands out as a little masterpiece of first person short story writing I picked up this collection never intending to finish it nearly 500 pages of short stories But I did trapped as I was in the middle of the ice storm and was glad for the experienceI was reminded of Raymond Carver and John Steinbeck when reading these stories many of which are located in a town called Catamount New Hampshire The characters are mostly blue collar workers often plumbers leading hard scrabble lives hanging at the edges of penury They are scarred individuals prone to alcohol adultery violence racism sexism greed and vanishing obs but with a strong homing call toward their roots in this small state that seems to be fond. Orld from working class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa Broad in scope and rich in imagination The Angel on the Roof affirms Russell Banks's place as one of the masters of American storytelli. Ot extraordinary Every story was red in about the same voice I think and hope that I have another broker two by Banks I like him If there was a sense of humor or even hope in Russell Banks life it must have been beaten out of him a long time ago if these tales are any indication There is a perverse yearning glamor to be found This is an unsettling disturbing thought provoking collection of short stories Many of the stories take place in a trailer park community in New
England Different Stories JumpDifferent stories ump in time which sometimes explains characters actions in previous stories but sometimes is ust plain confusing My favorite
stories were The Moor which deals with a past love Indisposed inwere The Moor which deals with a past love Indisposed in a wife finds her power and the story about the old man who wins the lottery which functions as a parable about the power or lack of power of money The series begins with the fanciful image of the eavesdropping angel on the roof to whom all our stories are offered and it ends with a literal bang Yowza I often have difficulty reading a collection of short stories from beginning to end but Angel on the Roof held me from the whole way through There were a couple less impressive stories thankfully they were all short but some of these will hold me for some time The suallor of the Guinea Pig Lady the moral of the Fisherman the heart wrenching decision in the Burden etc Many of these stories revolve around decisions and their conseuences most often through the elusive nature of male thought and the unexplainable actions men take I felt the women were weakly drawn characters but was not bothered by this probably because so many of the stories characters had so many faults or bad luck or repeated family cycles of poverty abuse alcoholism etc that I didn t desire to know all the characters well I may be wrong but I think this would be a difficult book for some men to read because many of the characters are hurting and they ust can t control or face it Difficult yes But true Sadly too often Russell Banks continues to be an author who makes me regret not having found him earlier in my. Are among the finest he has ever written As is characteristic of all of Bank's works these stories resonate with irony and compassion honesty and insight extending into the vast territory of the heart and the ,
A good read Easy to pick up and read a story or two then come back a few days later and read one or two I was a few stories in before I caught on they were all connected Soon it seemed like reading a story took on the feel of a call back home catching up on the lives of people you d left behind A good book for lunch breaks waiting in lines and doctor s offices and to keep handy on the side table between loads of laundry I have enjoyed Russell Banks novels but they have left me Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic just short of high praise Good writing butust lacking for me a story stamina So was I ever thrilled to pick up his book of short stories In my opinion THIS is his genre where he captures a snippet of a life or thought and intensifies it without the frustration of building a story for commercial readingsuccess These are wonderful Audiobook Reader was decent I would give this 35 starsA number of stories were connected by place and charactersOne disadvantage of listening was not being able to easily look back at some of those connections I often wish audio books had better table of
contentsMost of the stories were uite good As they were written over a period of time someof the stories were uite good As they were written over a period of time some better than others The stories involve the lives of working class and lower middle class and how people so often get stuck by circumstance and decision was poignant The depiction of those lives rang true Russell Banks does not do much happy But if you like winter and New Hampshire you may find much to like in the short stories of this book There was a story early in the book about a boy learning to ice skate It brought me to my youth in Michigan winters skating in a
Variety Of Places From Smallof places from small to flooded rinks in the neighborhoodSome of the characters live in trailers and drink too much and experience and sometimes initiate violence It is said that the 30 some short stories in the book were selected by Banks himself who considered them the best of his work I like reading short stories But these days I am mostly listening to audible books rather than flipping paper pages With this book the reader was competent but With The Angel on the Roof Russell Banks offers readers an astonishing collection of thirty years of his short fiction revised especially for this volume and highlighted by the inclusion of nine new stories that.