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The News of the World
     

The News of the World

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by Ron Carlson
 

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In this funny, touching collection of stories, the characters are regular, everyday types who love their families and lead honest lives. And it is just this ordinariness that makes them special.

In The H Street Sledding Record, a man throws horse manure on his roof every Christmas Eve to keep the myth of Santa alive. Bigfoot Stole My Wife is the claim

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In this funny, touching collection of stories, the characters are regular, everyday types who love their families and lead honest lives. And it is just this ordinariness that makes them special.

In The H Street Sledding Record, a man throws horse manure on his roof every Christmas Eve to keep the myth of Santa alive. Bigfoot Stole My Wife is the claim of another man whose wife has disappeared without a trace, the only clue is that the kitchen smells funny: hairy. A third man finds that The Uses of Videotape are many: he uses a VCR to explain some mysterious goings-on in his bedroom while he and his wife are sleeping.

While these wonderful stories seem to concern the people we see on the street or in the supermarket, they are quietly proving that nothing is normal, but all is well.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carlson resembles the father in one of his loveliest stories, ``The H Street Sledding Record,'' a man who throws manure on his roof every Christmas Eve to convince his children that reindeer landed there. In these brief tales that immediately capture the reader with their vitality and sense of immediacy, Carlson (Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truants attempts to preserve some illusions, to maintain that the simple rituals of life can and should provide pleasure and continuity. Most of the 16 stories in this collection are about ``ordinary'' people: couples in small towns trying to make marriages work; parents concerned with 2 a.m. feedings. Carlson writes realistically, but with optimism; compassion motivates his characters. Even when the stories take a whimsical turn, as in``Bigfoot Stole My Wife,'' a monologue by a man who says he can smell traces of the monster in his kitchen, Carlson shows a keen understanding of people's needs for connection and community. It is a treat to read these simple but polished stories about the possibility of love. (January 12)
Library Journal
These 16 stories are short and meaty, dealing briefly with an event or a handful of people, then moving on to the next segment until the ``news'' is over. The people Carlson writes about are ordinary eccentrics whose experiences are typical enough to be understood by others but are not run of the mill. There is nothing earth-shaking or absolutely-not-to-be-missed here, but Carlson writes well, and the families he describes in ``Half Life'' and ``The H Street Sledding Record'' are particularly appealing. For larger collections, or where short story collections circulate well.Mary K. Prokop, CEL Regional Lib., Savannah, Ga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140107043
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/1988
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines.

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The News of the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
The News of the World" - stories by Ron Carlson is a great collection. This is the first book of short stories that Ron wrote in 1987. I've recently read all of Carlson's short story collections, except for his newest one "At the Jim Bridger", which I'm eagerly waiting to crack open. Short stories seem to be either loved or hated by most readers, I happen to love them. If your looking for short stories that are oustanding and superbly written, look no further then Ron Carlson. Part I of the book, which include the first five stories in the book, had me wondering if this collection would stand up to "The Hotel Eden", which I adored Part II did not disappoint, with the first two stories being Carlson's famous - Bigfoot Stole My Wife & the follow up - My Name is Bigfoot, those aren't my personal favorites, but two other stories from this section are - The Time I Died (5 star writing, short story gold) Phenomena (5 star writing, short story gold) Part III is good, with four of the five stories really leaving an impression on me - Half Life Milk Blood Max Great collection, more affirmation for me that Ron Carlson is my favorite short story writer! Highly recommended!