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Sixty Stories
     

Sixty Stories

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by Donald Barthelme, David Gates (Introduction)
 

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With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that

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With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of Barthelme's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Barthelme can focus our feeling into a bright point that can raise a blister. These 60 stories show him inventing at a fever pitch." —The Washington Post

"Donald Barthelme may have influenced the short story in his time as much as Hemingway and O' Hara did in theirs." —The New York Times

"The delight he offers to readers is beyond question, his originality is unmatched." —Los Angeles Times

Anatole Broyard
"Donald Bathelme may have influenced the short story in his time as much as Henningway and O'Hara did in theirs. 60 Stories is a whole earth catalog of life in our time." -- The New York Times
Anne Tyler
"If you read straight through these stories you're bound to be struck by the volume's cohesiveness. Donald Bathelme's writing is from the outset firm and sure, entirely his own. He experiments as freely nowadays as he did when younger, and his experiments reaveal a rare exhuberance, an unfaiing joy in words and possibilities." -- Detroit News
Guy Davenport
"Bathalme can focu our feeling into a bright point that can raise a blister. These 60 stories show him inventing at full pitch." -- Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142437391
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
205,154
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Barthelme can focus our feeling into a bright point that can raise a blister. These 60 stories show him inventing at a fever pitch." —The Washington Post

"Donald Barthelme may have influenced the short story in his time as much as Hemingway and O' Hara did in theirs." —The New York Times

"The delight he offers to readers is beyond question, his originality is unmatched." —Los Angeles Times

Meet the Author

Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) published twelve books, including two novels and a prize-winning children's book. He was a regular contributor to the New Yorker and taught creative writing at the University of Houston. In his career, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, among others.

David Gates is a book critic at Newsweek. He is the author of three acclaimed works of fiction.

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Sixty Stories 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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cpauthor More than 1 year ago
Postmodern/avant-garde/experimental authors tend to range from excellent to unreadable. Barthelme is one of the figures (along with Pynchon, Wallace, and Gaddis) that gives this new breed of weird, challenging fiction a good name. He was peers with John Barth. Interesting story: one time, an interviewer asked Barthelme his advice for fiction writers. He said they should read every philosophy book from Plato to the present. Another reviewer posed the same question to John Barth, repeated what Barthelme said, and Barth answered, "read every piece of fiction from Gilgamesh to the present." Reading his fiction, you can tell the guy read everything. Many of his stories parody writing itself, with stories written as spoofs of travel brochures and encyclopedia listings. I like this collection the most out of all of his work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fail to understand the high praise Barthelme gets; most of these stories are incoherent and pointless to me, and I do not foresee a desire to read them again at any time later in my life. If you expect that a `story' tells a story, you will be disappointed. Most of the texts in these `60 Stories' would not suffer if you rearranged the paragraphs, or left out some (even many) sentences. Of course, this leaves much room for interpretation and hermeneutics, so it is perhaps understandable if these texts are found useful in literature classes. The back cover blurb cites a New York Times review which states "Sixty Stories is a Whole Earth Catalogue of life in our time", so perhaps this book is more interesting for those readers who like to browse a list of catalogue items.
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Nauseated More than 1 year ago
Will you tell me why this book was published?