Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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by David Sedaris
     
 

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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.

A bestseller in its own right and a must-have for fans of the #1 bestselling author David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction.

David Sedaris is an

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.

A bestseller in its own right and a must-have for fans of the #1 bestselling author David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction.

David Sedaris is an exceptional reader. Alone in his apartment, he reads stories aloud to the point he has them memorized. Sometimes he fantasizes that he wrote them. Sometimes, when they’re his very favorite stories, he’ll fantasize about reading them in front of an audience and taking credit for them. The audience in these fantasies always loves him and gives him the respect he deserves.

David Sedaris didn’t write the stories in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules . But he did read them. And he liked them enough to hand pick them for this collection of short fiction. Featuring such notable writers as Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Jean Thompson, and Tobias Wolff, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules includes some of the most influential and talented short story writers, contemporary and classic.

Perfect for fans who suffer from Sedaris fever, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules will tide them over and provide relief.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743282543
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/04/2005
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
191,359
File size:
460 KB

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
December 26, 1956
Place of Birth:
Johnson City, New York
Education:
B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987

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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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