The Ring of Brightest Angels around Heaven: A Novella and Stories

The Ring of Brightest Angels around Heaven: A Novella and Stories

by Rick Moody
     
 

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From the concentric rings of strangers passing on a New York City street to the rings of madness in a vainglorious college student's mind, Rick Moody opens up to us a world of frustration, yearning, lies, and neglect whose frontline soldiers are the young. In the stunning title novella, a tale of sexual decay and obsession, he challenges his characters and readers…  See more details below

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From the concentric rings of strangers passing on a New York City street to the rings of madness in a vainglorious college student's mind, Rick Moody opens up to us a world of frustration, yearning, lies, and neglect whose frontline soldiers are the young. In the stunning title novella, a tale of sexual decay and obsession, he challenges his characters and readers alike to open up and feel their pain -- our pain -- even when there can be no turning back.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of two much-admired novels of suburban anomie here delivers 10 ingenious but uneven stories with a wide range of subjects, styles and voices. Shaped as treatments, sketches and journal entries as well as traditional short stories, these literate, sharply delineated, darkly funny but occasionally contrived pieces explore the vicissitudes of life in New York City and its suburbs. Moody's (The Ice Storm) most compelling characters are desolate or wrongheaded losers, like the narrator of ``Preliminary Notes,'' a manic insurance investigator whose attempts to record his wife's phone calls reveal that their marriage is about to collapse. ``The Apocalypse Commentary of Bob Paisner,'' a hilarious variation on Pale Fire, is a story in the form of a term paper by a collegiate misfit obsessed with connections between his life and the Book of Revelations. In ``Pip Adrift,'' the deranged African American cabin boy in Moby-Dick recounts falling overboard; ``Primary Sources'' is Moody's autobiography framed as a bibliography with footnotes. The title piece, a novella, is a gritty, lyrical but dispassionate portrait of young people whose lives intersect and bottom out in a dystopian New York of heroin dens and sex clubs. An affecting but noncohesive collection that, despite flashes of brilliance, sometimes strains for effect. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446672405
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Mark Leyner
Rick Moody is an extraordinary writer and The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven is a masterful, exhilerating performance.

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