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such as 'the old man and the sea' by hemingway.
which are your faves?
I used to read a lot of short stories. Katherine Mansfield's worth reading, as is Chekhov.
Really need to read 'Dubliners', I keep hearing how brilliant it is.
- Richard Brautigan - Trout Fishing in America. amazing post-beat/pre-hippy surrealism. beautiful
- Thomas Pynchon - Crying of Lot 49. it's Pynchon, condensed into 100ish pages.
- Tao Lin - Shoplifting at American Apparel. Tao Lin's hipster lit at it's finest. ennui and google chat.
- dunno what else. currently reading Burroughs - Junky. it's good, and pretty short
for short stories you can't go wrong with Beckett (and novellas actually, and novels, and plays, and probably poetry), Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Borges, Philip K Dick and probably loads of others
Shame he's not as well known as his talent deserved. Tragic life story too.
I read it in one sitting when travelling through China on a train and it was the best thing ever.
By Calvino, have you read that one? I'll try and cop the Invisible Cities ebook, been ages since I read the above I could totally go some more Calvino time. I read mine probably whilst in bed, which is inifinitely less interesting than your story--have you considered that any old book might have seemed amazing in that context? :)
Although you will get more out of it if you've read any Pessoa first. Seize The Day by Saul Bellow and Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin are great examples of the short novel form as well.
is my favourite set of short stories i think
is a pretty amazing and funny collection of short stories, it's probably nothing like Hemingway though...
and The Metamorphosis are my two favourites.
A short story cycles revolving around the various characters of a small town. Pretty much created the American short story as we know it.
So behind on my books :-(
Billy Budd, Sailor (Novella) — Herman Melville
been making my way through the Lorrie Moore collected stories the past few weeks. they are all pretty great.
also simultaneously reading some B.S. Johnson short stories. guy should've stuck to novels :(
Hilarious, compassionate, hyper-intelligent (but not dicky about it), sad, fun, morbid, harrowing, totally overwrought and brilliant for it, &c &c &c. I’ve always considered Raymond Carver the best short story writer, but these were more purely enjoyable.
Just ordered Delillo’s The Angel Esmerelda and Amy Hempel’s Collected Stories, which look promising.
Oblivions is better (that BIwHM) IMO. such a great guy.
James Joyce - the Dead
A really great little collection of short stories. Basically collects everything he ever wrote before he was killed.
and Nathan Englander's For The Relief of Unbearable Urges is INCREDIBLE
Have you read The Ministry Of Special Cases too? Brilliant book.
it very literally saved my life, in fact
its wiki page doesnt mention "novella" once. i've always thought of it as the perfect novella OH WELL
I don't think of this as a novella, even though it obviously is.
is probably a bit too long, but it qualifies as it's one of the best books anyway.
I think it just qualifies. What an incredible book.
But yes, brilliant, completely unique book.
The Beast In The Jungle by Henry James is a corker.
fuck I'm turning into TBO. let's do that again
really enjoyed The Beast In The Jungle by Henry James when I read it a while back. guy has great prose.
Probably my favourite HJ.
Len Deighton - Declarations of war (brilliant 13 short stories)
Michael Moorcock - The time dweller (the first two are cracking little viewpoints of time)
Michael Moorcock - behold the man (a novella)
Heinrich von Kleist - Michael Kohlhaas. Man gets entangled in labyrinthine bureaucracy - with bloody results. Naturally had a big effect on Kafka..
Goethe - The Sorrows of Young Werther
is amazing. Everything she writes is short.
A bit catch 22 esque.
The Stranger/ L'Etranger by Albert camus, totally recommend it and easy to rinse through in a matter of hours.