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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Excellent collection of Short Stories.

Everything Ravaged, is an instant classic of realism in short story.

posted by theredindian on May 23, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

All but one story were disappointing

Every story but one was left unfinished. I can take one or two of them with a grain of salt, sort of artistic liberty -- leaving the reader to wonder what would come next, but story after story after story with the same lack of a conclusion was exasperating. Only the la...
Every story but one was left unfinished. I can take one or two of them with a grain of salt, sort of artistic liberty -- leaving the reader to wonder what would come next, but story after story after story with the same lack of a conclusion was exasperating. Only the last one, "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" was worth reading.

posted by 1388967 on May 25, 2009

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    An astonishing collection

    I was stunned at how lukewarm the reviews here are. This is an amazing book. Not every story is as good as another but it shines at its weakest points and touches something sublime at its best. The stories function on a smaller, intimate human scale. They are not barn burning thrillers or loud, flashy jazz riffs. Instead, they function as surgically precise insights into the small and private inner workings of flawed people with the best of intentions. People like everyone.
    They are not always cheery. In fact, they never are. But they do provide glimpses of hope and promise.
    The above is really all about story and character and tone but what made the book hum along for me was the incredible prose and extraordinary epiphanies Tower offers. Read this book. I can't wait for his next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Excellent collection of Short Stories.

    Everything Ravaged, is an instant classic of realism in short story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Spectacular

    In one word: spectacular. This is what fiction is all about-- gorgeous prose, thrilling story-lines, completely new situations and characters. Each story is a brilliant little surprise. As a writer and a generally unsatisfied reader, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is one of the best books I have ever read (trust me, this is not something I say often). I recommend to all.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Thank you, "The New Yorker" magazine for showing me Wells Tower

    Excellent. I'm not a big short story enthusiast, but "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" is great. I read something of Mr. Tower's in the "New Yorker" some time back and had to have more. Why David Sedaris didn't mention Mr. Tower ten years ago, I cannot fathom. The title story is a hoot, as are all of the others. Warning to the literal-minded: forget this book, you won't get it.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Great Writing

    texture of language, laugh out loud, witt, tenderness, and the profane. whatever, just read this for fun. it's great literature that tastes like candy. hard candy. you mouth and such on the sentences for a long time.

    pulpy southern gothic black tender reflective short fiction. the kind of book you hope for. the quirky surprise of murakami, but you don't have to read it in translation.

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