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  • Title: The Burning House
  • Author: Ann Beattie Robin Desser
  • ISBN: 9780679765004
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • The now classic, utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws off sparks, her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X ray vision Her characters are young men and women discovering what it means to be a grown up in a country that promised them they d stay young forever And here, in shapely, penetrating stories, Beattie confirms why she is one of the mostThe now classic, utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws off sparks, her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X ray vision Her characters are young men and women discovering what it means to be a grown up in a country that promised them they d stay young forever And here, in shapely, penetrating stories, Beattie confirms why she is one of the most widely imitated yet surely inimitable literary stylists of her generation.In The Burning House, Beattie s characters go from dealing drugs to taking care of a bereaved friend They watch their marriages fail not with a bang but with a wisecrack And afterward, they may find themselves trading confidences with their spouses new lovers The Burning House proves that Beattie has no peer when it comes to revealing the hidden shapes of our relationships, or the depths of tenderness, grief, and anger that lie beneath the surfaces of our daily lives.
    The Burning House The now classic utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws off sparks her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X ray vision Her characters are young men and women discovering wh

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    1. people in the middle of changes like reading a collected review of assorted slow burning mid life crises, put to the page by a dry eyed, not exactly sympathetic observer humans are sad but this collection is beautiful and often surprising.

    2. I think I mentioned this somewhere else, but I d never read Beattie, even though it feels like I spent most of the nineties in writing programs trying to figure out what to do with the legacy of dirty realism the programs and me both trying to figure it out syntactic ambiguity can be your friend I m not sure what I expected out of this, but since Susan Lohafer seemed so enad with her, I thought I d give Beattie a whirl, and I m glad I did.The stories aren t what I expected, given my experience w [...]

    3. Beattie is pretty much the archetype of strictly minimalist New Yorker fiction, specifically, she s really emblematic of a very particular moment in American fiction of the seventies This dedication to observation and capturing the moment means, in practice, a lot of colorless characters who blend together and stories that don t really go anywhere And while I think you can still write good stories about the well to do, I did find it difficult to relate to yet another WASP with a summer home On t [...]

    4. I have yet to read an Ann Beattie book that I don t like Part of me wants to give this 4 stars, some stories are definitely that, and some are 3 s, maybe one 2 and one five also My first preference of Ann Beattie s workse are her novels Her short stories are powerful, tightly written, very brief She reaches one or two layers into the character while her books are very fully revealing If someone else attempted to write her characters stories it would be a depressing read Her stories are like an i [...]

    5. Years ago I loved Ann Beattie s work Been away a while and returned to her through The Burning House Older now, I found many characters and stories shallow, callow andt very self aware Then thought again about the time in which they were written, time when I lived in NY and Maine, and said Be careful Beattie is careful with her characters, shallow though they are at times.And she s working settings in which people were what she captures unfaithful, fickle, questing, wondering.My favorites are Th [...]

    6. Interesting snapshots of life among a group of similar, often drunk or stoned lonely people with wide open, unfinished edges, like the deckle edged black and white photos mentioned in one of the stories In another of the odd coincidences that have been occurring in my life of late, Beattie s name was in the crossword I did on the same day I started reading this I found this and another collection of her stories at an antiquarian bookseller in Manassas, in unedited proofs I was almost as intrigue [...]

    7. This is one of those books that was probably unique or broke new ground in its time it was first published in 1982 I like her flat style The characters and situations are interesting, the dialogue is good but I m not sure it still gives satisfaction It didn t for me, but that may have to do with my relationship with short stories If the characters and plots are interesting enough, I want to spend time with them than a short story lasts, so ultimately I m frustrated.

    8. Each of these stories felt like a small clip in the lives of their characters instead of a complete story, but somehoe this was better than knowing everything surrounding the characters Each character grappled with serious, depressing, and life changing circumstances, and the format made these situations feel incredibly real and that much powerful Would absolutely recommend if you re ready for a bit of a downer.

    9. For years I ve been hearing what a master of the shorty story Ann Beattie is This was my first foray into her fictive realm, and it was disappointing I confess I did not read the entire collection All the stories were about privileged white hetero couples whining about their relationships Not too different from what you d find in ABC primetime Skip it.

    10. This is the book that made me want to write short stories Every story in it is perfect, fully formed I wish Beattie s other collections and novels the ones I ve read, at least came close to the achievement of this one.

    11. It was confusing at times and some parts absolutely did not make sense, but I guess that s the way it works with 1st person povs.Other than that, it s a pretty good short story.

    12. the stars are only for the title story greenwich time merits 3, cinderella waltz 1, and the rest were unread by me

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