Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules [NOOK Book]

Overview

A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.
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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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Overview

A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This recording of five stories from Sedaris's longer print collection of the same name is a brief but delightful audio treat. The stories vary widely in theme and style, but each is powerfully emotive and paired with an excellent narrator. Of particular note are Cherry Jones's rendition of Patricia Highsmith's farcical "Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out," and Parker's take on Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried." In the former, Jones perfectly captures the well-intentioned but ill-fated preparations of a woman who has moved to Manhattan from Ohio and is awaiting a visit from her perfectionist sister, and in the latter, Parker delivers a poignant performance of a friend's bittersweet musings on the death of her friend. Hearing Sedaris read an offbeat, deeply personal story not his own is another of this audio's many pleasures. While Sedaris has grown famous for his reading style, his earnest portrayal of youthful admiration and his spot-on characterization of a quirky substitute teacher in Charles Baxter's "Gryphon" demonstrate his range as a storyteller-and show that much more than his high pitch makes him such a distinctive voice in modern literature. Simultaneous release with the S&S paperback. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743282543
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/4/2005
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 168,509
  • File size: 450 KB

Meet the Author

David  Sedaris
David Sedaris published this book to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York that helps students ages six to eighteen develop their writing skills through free writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one help with homework and English-language learning. Sedaris is the author of the internationally bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
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    1. Also Known As:
      David Raymond Sedaris (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 26, 1956
    2. Place of Birth:
      Johnson City, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Oh, Joseph, I'm so tired 9
Gryphon 37
Interpreter of maladies 57
The garden party 83
Half a grapefruit 101
Applause, applause 121
I know what I'm doing about all the attention I've been getting 141
Where the door is always open and the welcome mat is out 145
The best of Betty 165
Song of the shirt, 1941 189
The girl with the blackened eye 199
People like that are the only people here : canonical babbling in Peed Onk 213
Revelation 251
In the cemetery where Al Jolsen is buried 277
Cosmopolitan 289
Irish girl 317
Bullet in the brain 331
Epilogue : about 826NYC 339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Fills the Bill

    A dark and half-off-in-the-brain collection of some of the most BRILLIANT fiction I¿ve experienced. Hand picked by essayist David Sedaris (who also edited the collection and provides the introduction), ¿Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules¿ is an incredible literary journey. Five Stars. Two Thumbs Up. Whatever your favorite cliché is, for saying this is a ¿MUST READ¿ - it can be applied to this fun, dark, lonely, happy mix of brilliance. I also highly recommend:¿Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim¿, ¿My Fractured Life¿, and ¿Assassination Vacation.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Not impressed

    Huge DS fan which is why I even allowed myself to be tortured this far into this book. Disappointing. I would give it 0 stars if I could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2015

    Womp womp

    One if the more expensive ebooks. Sadly not much content by Sedaris himself. Feeling 2 stars expresses my disappointment and regret. Hopefully I find a B&N gift card in my future to offset this buyers remorse.

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