The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE)


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Is collection the fourth that I have read by Hempel is about falling in and out of love andor lust the carnage that can be generated and the emotional detritus that is left behind I particularly enjoyed The Uninvited a sort of ghost story The Dog of the Marriage on the relative merits of husbands v dogs and The Afterlife examining the perils of being By a truly colossal margin the single greatest short story collection I Afterlife examining the perils of being By a truly colossal margin the single greatest short story collection I ever read Two stars Barely Collected Stories reviewAmy Hempel s Collected Stories starts with my favorite short story collection ever Reasons to Live and then proceeds to highlight the author s decline to mediocrityDon t get me wrong ask me who the best short story writer is and I ll still say Amy Hempel but sometimes you have to be honest even about the people you admire most Like many who got into Hempel prior to the rabid Chuck Palahniuk endorsement I was hooked by the widely anthologized In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried and it s still in my top five short stories along with The Man in Bogota Both are from Reasons to Live and if giving a top ten list there s a good "chance that a couple stories from that collection would crowd it out It s one of the "that a couple stories from that collection would crowd it out It s one of the books that I ve given five stars to for a reason pun unintended At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom is still excellent A four star run The fact that it s out of print and harder to find than Reasons to Live is another checkmark to picking up the nicely priced and complete Collected Stories but alas the decline continues Tumble Home is uneven but still clocks in at a recommendable three star level It s The Dog of the Marriage that puts the final decline point on the chart barely crossing the two star mark That s where I was left missing the Amy Hempel who used to make me not what to think after reading her stories letting the feeling of what she put into me stay for just a little longer and I wonder if she might have put all that she could into the first collection around and was simply mimicking the successI still recommend Collected Stories but I never now where to tell people to pull the bookmark There are other writers out there writers who are going up not coming down but for a while there Amy Hempel was all I needed The desert island choice I now these expectations aren t fair but the feeling is there regardless Three stars but reaching higher 2006 notebook really like the cryptic short packed stories Sometimes I think they should be cryptic compact and less wiseguy ey But excellent all nonetheless Beach Town the opening story about an eavesdropper a woman viewing her licentious neighbour s behaviour is very well put together I checked this out from the library because I was thinking of taking a master class with Hempel next month Her focus will be on language and what she calls the acoustics of a sentence and I am very interested in that As usual I continue to struggle with and sometimes be frustrated by some aspects of spare short short fiction though there s been some I ve absolutely loved eg Black Tickets by Jayne Anne Phillips the ones included in Where the Dog Star Never Glows by Tara L Masih and just about everything by Grace PaleyI liked the longer of these short stories the most and while I could appreciate certain aspects of the other much shorter ones many times I ended up feeling like the woman who asks What Were the White Things in the story of the same nameAnd yes I am taking the master class I signed up for it before I finished the boo. Ver And the title story is a heartbreaking tale about the objects and animals and unmired desires that are left behind after death or divorce These nine stories teem with wisdom emotion and surprising wit Hempel explores the intricate psychology of people falling in and out of love trying to locate something or someone elusive or lost Her sentences are as lean original and startling as any in contemporary ficti. ,

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Re minimum of words to get her story across probably lessThe story that spoke to me the most was The Uninvited A woman who volunteers at a rape crisis hotline is attacked and worries that she might be pregnant She is better at dealing with crisis in other victims than she is at dealing with her own headaches Sounds familiar Some people can t really get down with the short story format I can appreciate the sentiment since they can sort of feel like casual acuaintances when compared to the lifelong loves to be found in certain novels Short stories generally poke rather than punch which is just an inevitable downside of generally poke rather than punch which is just an inevitable downside of under endowed I could probably list on my hands the number of short stories that have really really stuck with me over the years for whatever reason The Masue of the Red Death a few of the Kafkas I ve read The Lottery a Murakami The Most Dangerous Game The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Flannery O Connor in general Bartleby Okay I apparently have freakish hands There are some real gems out there but usually I read short stories with the complete expectation of fleeting feelings and temporary snooze button entertainment This is part of the reason that over the last few years I have increasingly lacked interest in movies and have transitioned to the long form years I have increasingly lacked interest in movies and have transitioned to the long form in television serials Well that and the fact that they are getting way better all the time Teenage me would be so pissed at adult me for how much adult me watches the teevees Though I do read short stories sometimes I generally prefer a slow burn time for ties to tangle all that stuff that comes with engaging with material for a very long time Anyway I often forget too much of what I experienced through short stories within about a week of reading them if I m being generous And I read this like three weeks ago Oh dearI can say with some degree of authority that these are sparse stinging shorts all centering on the themes of intimacy distance and languid longing Hempel is really something special when it comes to guts slashy curtness added to which she can be darkly hilarious in her blunt clear eyed observations about how much people often totally suck ass to each other as soon as they bumpeth the uglies It just so happened that I didn t have my stickies in my pocket while reading this so I can t give you all the uotes this book deserves to have out there representing itself but I m here to tell you they would make really ickass Chinese food fortunes Cryptic Fortune Cookies Patent Pending Let everything eat When Hempel is good she s really good The sentences of her stories are laced with humor and meaning and pathos with the minimum of words Her writing is spare in that way that will be labeled minimalism but her ideas and situations explode from their bare framework As with other great minimalists "Carver Denis Johnson etc what s left off the page is just as "Denis Johnson etc what s left off the page is just as and can be inferred from what is there I liked this collection a lot In fact some of the most poignant stories are the shortest particularly The Afterlife a story about a female protagonist s father s failed love exploits I couldn t help but turn the pages of all these stories The one story that didn t grab my attention as well as I had hoped was the title story I imagine if I went back and read it which I m sure I will one day I d change my mind and decide that in fact this collection needs a shiny five stars But for now I ll leave my thoughts as such I now plan to read all of her stuff Th. Sfied longings of everyday life In Offertory a modern day Scheherazade entertains and manipulates her lover with stories of her sexual encounters with a married couple as a very young woman In Reference # 388475848 5 a letter contesting a parking ticket becomes a beautiful and unnerving statement of faith In Jesus Is Waiting a woman driving to New York sends a series of cryptically honest postcards to an old lo. Eroticism as flower arranging said with great great respect to flower arranging or i guess metaphorically flower arrangement as eroticism some confluence of care and courage and winging it bold lechery and a gourmet s rarefied lust from it Renoir told Matisse he would pick flowers in the fields and arrange them
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a vase and then he paint the side he had not arranged an awesomely patient artist waiting for the detail sifting through he paint the side he had not arranged an awesomely patient artist waiting for the detail sifting through for the sentence a convincing poet and spectacularly gutsy i liked it much than i expected it too funny and clever though i inda expected that deep and beautiful and i expected that less The Dog of the Marriage Amy Hempel New York Scribner 2005 Hardcover 2000 ISBN 0 7432 6451 7I finished Amy Hempel s latest short story collection The Dog of the Marriage on a visit to the Georgia O Keefe museum in Santa Fe During this particular visit the museum hosted an exhibit Moments in Modernism Georgia O Keefe and Andy Warhol Flowers of Distinction and on the wall for this exhibit were uotes by both authors One by O Keefe made me think immediately of Hempel s work and certainly of The Dog of the Marriage Nobody sees a flower really it is so small It takes time we haven t time and to see takes time like having a friend takes time O KeefeLike O Keefe Hempel is a microscopic visionary highlighting what others don t take the time to see Not content to paint pretty reality to scale they both expose the insides everything that would remain hidden at first glance pistil stamen fleshy petals longing instability desperation vulnerability stasis recoveryHempel s narrative voice in The Dog of the Marriage is at once detached and achingly intimate In the title story Hempel s narrator experiences the loss of a relationship and marriage and is caught in a moment of reflection Did I invite this Is it like sitting in prayers at school when the headmistress says Who dropped the lunch bags on the hockey field and although you went home for lunch you think I did I did Hempel turns her microscopic lens on humanity with stripped to the bone sentences that lend power to her work In a story reminiscent of Virginia Woolf s Three Guineas Hempel s Reference 388475848 5 is the narrator s written response to a parking citation The tale twists through a long explanation of the events leading to the ticket ending in a plea for justice In her finally story Offertory a narrator is coaxed by her lover to divulge details of a past romantic encounter with a couple the result is a sexual Scheherazade In addition to the narrator s storytelling there are moments of delicate "And Telling Reflection It Is Possible To Imagine A Person "telling reflection It is possible to imagine a person entirely that the image resists attempts to dislodge it Dogs that appear throughout the narrative are harbingers of what s missing for the narrators stability loyalty and love They are created as characters not simply symbols of what s missing The narrators also experience what they lack in their human connections in their relationships to canine companions Works by both Hempel and O Keefe invite us to pause take an extra beat then two then three as we witness the everyday a flower or a failed marriage from the inside out We are to enjoy every subtle color change each dip and fold the way they look when they fade and fall I guess if I had to use one word to describe Amy Hempel s stories it would be spare She does not over describe emotions setting or characters It is all laid out cleanly and precisely She uses the ba. Amy Hempel's compassion intensity and illuminating observations have made her one of the most distinctive and admired modern writers In three stunning books of stories she has established a voice as uniue and recognizable as the photographs of Cindy Sherman or the brushstrokes of Robert Motherwell The Dog of the Marriage Hempel's fourth collection is about sexual obsession relationships gone awry and the unsati. ,
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    The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel Some people can't really get down with the short story format I can appreciate the sentiment since they can sort of feel like casual acuaintances when compared to the lifelong loves to be found in certain novels Short stories generally poke rather than punch which is just an inevitable downside of being under endowed I could proba

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    Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) I checked this out from the library because I was thinking of taking a master class with Hempel next month Her focus will be on language and what she calls the acoustics of a sentence and I am very interested in

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    Review The Dog of the Marriage Stories The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters By a truly colossal margin the single greatest short story collection I've ever read

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    Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters Review The Dog of the Marriage Stories I guess if I had to use one word to describe Amy Hempel's stories it would be spare She does not over describe emotions setting or characters It is all laid out cleanly and precisely She uses the bare minimum of words to get her story across; probably lessThe story that spoke to me the most was The Uninvited A woman who volunteers at a rape crisis hotline is attacked and worries that she might be pregnant Sh

  5. says: The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters Review The Dog of the Marriage Stories

    The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) 2006 notebook really like the cryptic short packed stories Sometimes I think they should be cryptic compact and less wiseguy ey But excellent all nonetheless 'Beach Town' the opening story about an eavesdropper a woman viewing her licentious neighbour's behaviour is very well put together

  6. says: The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel

    The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters Review The Dog of the Marriage Stories This collection the fourth that I have read by Hempel is about falling in and out of love andor lust the carnage that can be generated and the emotional detritus that is left behind I particularly enjoyed “The Uninvited” a sort o

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    Review The Dog of the Marriage Stories Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel The Dog of the Marriage Amy Hempel New York Scribner 2005 Hardcover 2000 ISBN 0 7432 6451 7I finished Amy Hempel

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    Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) Two stars Barely Collected Stories reviewAmy Hempel’s Collected Stories starts with my favorite short story collection ever Reasons to Live and then proceeds to highlight the author’s decline to mediocrityDon’t get me wrong; ask me who t

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    Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Amy Hempel The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) When Hempel is good she's really good The sentences of her stories are laced with humor and meaning and pathos with the minimum of words Her writing is spare in that way that will be labeled minimalism but her ideas and situations explode from their bare framework As with other great minimalists Carver Denis Johnson etc what's left

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    Amy Hempel ↠ 2 Characters The Dog of the Marriage Stories (KINDLE) eroticism as flower arranging said with great great respect to flower arranging or i guess metaphorically flower arrangement as eroticism some confluence of care and courage and winging it bold lechery and a gourmet's rarefied lust from it Renoir told Matisse he would pick flowers in the fields and arrange them in a vase and then he would paint the side he had not arranged an awesomely patient artist waiting for the d

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