Once upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties

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The narratives in this collection paint a picture of the 1950s. Many of the elements of this culture will repel: racism, sexism and homophobia, for example. Yet this was an era in which neither the threat of terrorism nor the scourge of AIDS existed for the average American. These stories deal with love and death, triumphs and defeats, adolescent angst and the tension between ethnicity and assimilation. Some present adventure on the high seas as well as a glimpse of Havana night life on the eve of the Castro ...

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The narratives in this collection paint a picture of the 1950s. Many of the elements of this culture will repel: racism, sexism and homophobia, for example. Yet this was an era in which neither the threat of terrorism nor the scourge of AIDS existed for the average American. These stories deal with love and death, triumphs and defeats, adolescent angst and the tension between ethnicity and assimilation. Some present adventure on the high seas as well as a glimpse of Havana night life on the eve of the Castro Revolution.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781935361183
  • Publisher: Comfort Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Dedication

Foreword

Witch's Brew 1

Ladies' Man 13

The Smell of Land 23

Wax Apples 33

Circle Dance 39

Charisma 43

Getting the Message 51

Initiation 57

Persuasion 61

Storm Warning 69

Shame 79

A Time to Reap 83

The Enigma of Reginald Savage 89

Fear of Failure 103

Going for the Gold 111

The Unexamined Life 119

Nostalgic Journey 127

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    Good short stories have an emotional impact that conveys the ess

    Good short stories have an emotional impact that conveys the essence of a psyche, time, place, and people. Author Clark Zlotchew accomplishes this in spades. Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties is a collection of short stories, linked by the mindset, politics, events and social constraints of that era. Many of the stories share the same characters, at varying ages during the decade, imbuing the reader with a sense of familiarity.
    The fifties were a time of racial segregation, the Korean War, Castro’s overthrow of the Cuban government and, preceding the sexual revolution, rigid gender roles and sexual taboos. Young men feigned machismo and sexual experience, to conform to ‘manly’ standards. Young unmarried women proclaimed their virginity, even when nonexistent, to avoid social disgrace. All of these elements are contained within the confines of these stories.
    Zlotchew gives us several glimpses of coming-of-age in the fifties, from a little boy’s first experiences interacting with girls and a teenager’s angst over unrequited love, to the peer pressure of young men to live up to a ‘manly’ standard and the fear of not doing so. There is the paradox, for the male and female characters, of trying to conform to social norms, in order to be accepted by others, while trying to break away from them for the sake of sanity.
    Racial tensions in the South are depicted when a naïve white sailor learns the hard way about the convention of segregation, when he wants his black buddy to go on shore leave with him. The story of turbulence and subterfuge of a Latin revolution adds an additional socio-political layer to the psychological and social chaos of the era.
    There seems to be a progression from an initial innocence, to an increasing disillusionment with life, that is dealt with in varying ways by the characters. Dreams and expectations are dashed, on personal, social and political levels, giving a sense of universal upheaval and uncertainty. Some handle it better than others. Whether lost or shaken up by events, the characters are all searching for sure footing on ground that keeps shifting under their feet. As in life, some find a way to keep their balance on unstable ground, and others don’t.
    One story, about an absolutely reprehensible character, has an ending so powerful that it changes the reader’s disgust to pity for that lost soul. While many of the stories prompt a shift in the reader’s perspective and sentiment over the course of the tale, “Going for the Gold” is notable for it in the extreme, while others are more subtle.
    These incisive slices of life in the fifties (some in retrospect) yield a much more realistic snapshot of the times than the Father Knows Best or Ozzie and Harriet TV shows reflected. For those of us who were there, these stories are poignantly nostalgic and remind us how far we’ve come, even if we still have a long way to go. For those who did not live in the fifties, they are a fly-on-the-wall view of what went on in the lives, minds, and hearts of those who did.
    Zlotchew is especially skilled in crafting these short gems in each of which he manages to stuff an entire world. I highly recommend Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties, as an educational experience, on many levels.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Fantastic

    Story collections are always interesting to read, they are not always done well but when they are, it creates a great effect. This is one of those that work really well.
    The 50s are represented here in more ways than one, although Mr. Zlotchew seems to focus a lot on the controversial aspects of that time period. Don't get me wrong, I don't consider this a fault, on the contrary, I think he manages to convey the grittiness without overdoing it and without boring the reader.
    The collection begins with a story that involves a little magic, the only one that has a bit of supernatural quality to it. It is handled well and it leaves the reader wondering just what happened to Andreotti, one of the main characters. A standout tale is "Storm Warning", it shows the permeating racist atmosphere in the era, but it is not shoved in the reader's throat. The story begins to turn dark slowly, reaching a climax of violence, then calming once again. It's a great example of the little jewels that form this collection.
    The writing is impeccable, the pacing taut. There are some very witty dialogues and scenes that capture your attention and won't let you go. This is a book that will linger in the reader's mind with its beauty and its darkness. I can easily recommend this to anyone.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    an engaging, thought provoking read and very true to the era it represents.

    Once Upon A Decade: Tales of the Fifties offers a diverse collection of short stories. They broach such subjects as segregation, young love, homophobia, navy life, adventure and teen mischief. As with any collection of short stories, there were some I truly enjoyed and others I did not. Zlotchew is a wonderful writer and delivers an engaging short story. He masterfully controls his stories and quickly draws the reader in. Many of the tales had some of the same characters in them, helping to add more depth and familiarity. Some of the writing contained a dark, gritty edge and touched on unpleasant subjects. A few of the stories surrounded Navy life and shore leave; state side and abroad. Zlotchew captured the dialect of his characters making their conversations authentic. Three stories I enjoyed were Storm Warning, Witch's Brew and Going For Gold. This was an engaging, thought provoking read and very true to the era it represents. Once Upon a Decade was selected as one of three finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. (In the short story category.) I would recommend this to anyone interested in the setting and culture of the fifties. I want to thank author Clark Zlotchew and Comfort Publishing for the ARC, in exchange for my unbiased review.

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