The Language of Elk

The Language of Elk

4.8 10
by Benjamin Percy
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

In The Language of Elk, men and creatures stagger in a no man's land between wildness and domesticity, jealous, cracked, burning to be acknowledged. Like the flaming projectiles his protagonists often launch into the sky, these stories crackle with energy and violence and a furious beauty. Benjamin Percy is a force. -Anthony Doerr  See more details below

Overview

In The Language of Elk, men and creatures stagger in a no man's land between wildness and domesticity, jealous, cracked, burning to be acknowledged. Like the flaming projectiles his protagonists often launch into the sky, these stories crackle with energy and violence and a furious beauty. Benjamin Percy is a force. -Anthony Doerr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887484544
Publisher:
Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Carnegie Mellon Series in Short Fiction Ser.
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Language of Elk 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Mink" res two
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
more clever stories from Benjamin Percy... "The Language of Elk" has alot of really good stories, unfortunately I was spoiled by reading his new book, "Refresh, Refresh" first. I then found about this book! This book has eight short stories, all good and very well written in my opinion! My favorites were: The Language of Elk The Colony Winter's Passing The Bearded Lady Says Goodnight (this story is outstanding and genius!!!!) If you read / or have read "The Language of Elk", do yourself a favor and read his new book too, "Refresh, Refresh", its excellent I wish more people need to know about Benjamin Percy's writing, I know I'll read anything he writes from now on.....
Mitchell_Waldman More than 1 year ago
The Language of Elk, the debut book by writer Benjamin Percy, contains 8 stories about the people and life in a place called Oregon. As the jacket text reads, "The Language of Elk assembles its cast from the mountain towns and low-life taverns and high desert ranches of Oregon -- a state that in isolated pockets remains a still-unfinished place, the frontier." The stories in this book show us some unique characters and surprising situations. There a man who digs up and steals Native American relics, including the mummified corpse of a dead man, in his living room, a former small town high school football hero trying to find his way in adulthood, the owner of a ranch where soft men come to play cowboy and hunt their own game for a few days, a man who hunts for Sasquatch, a man who work together on a marijuana farm, and a man who falls in love with the bearded lady at a circus that comes to town. Benjamin Percy is a promising young author who can tell a story and whose descriptions of relationships are very strong. His prose is sharp, right on, his settings strong, and his characters unique and memorable. These are stories that will linger in your mind for a long while after reading them. Overall, this is a strong first book from a talented young man, whose work engages his readers' imaginations and hearts, and will have you wanting for more. This book is highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Language of Elk, the debut book by writer Benjamin Percy,contains 8 stories about the people and life in a place called Oregon. As the jacket text reads,'The Language of Elk assembles its cast from the mountain towns and low-life taverns and high desert ranches of Oregon -- a state that in isolated pockets remains a still-unfinished place, the frontier.' The stories in this book show us some unique characters and surprising situations. There a man who digs up and steals Native American relics, including the mummified corpse of a dead man, in his living room, a former small town high school football hero trying to find his way in adulthood, the owner of a ranch where soft men come to play cowboy and hunt their own game for a few days, a man who hunts for Sasquatch, a man who work together on a marijuana farm, and a man who falls in love with the bearded lady at a circus that comes to town. Benjamin Percy is a promising young author who can tell a story and whose descriptions of relationships are very strong. His prose is sharp, right on, his settings strong, and his characters unique and memorable. These are stories that will linger in your mind for a long while after reading them. Overall, this is a strong first book from a talented young man, whose work engages his readers' imaginations and hearts, and will have you wanting for more. This book is highly recommended! --Mitchell Waldman, author of the novel, A FACE IN THE MOON'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Percy is blessed with the ability to engage his reader via striking use of similies and metaphors that leave you grinning at his brilliance. His collection of short stories is unlike any you'll ever encounter. A remarkable read.