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City Life By Donald Barthelme City Life Barthelme s third collection of short stories including Views of my father weeping Paraguay The falling dog At the Tolstoy Museum The policemen s ball The glass mountain The explanation Kierkegaard u

  • Title: City Life
  • Author: Donald Barthelme
  • ISBN: 9780671823047
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • City Life By Donald Barthelme Barthelme s third collection of short stories, including Views of my father weeping Paraguay The falling dog At the Tolstoy Museum The policemen s ball The glass mountain The explanation Kierkegaard unfair to Schlegel The phantom of the opera s friend Sentence Bone bubbles On angels Brain damage City life.
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    1. Paul Bryant on said:

      I was at a party in Manhattan once, it was 1985 This woman I slightly knew turned to me and said I have something you ll be interested in, wait one moment So I waited I was cool I wasn t freaking out She brought back a thing about the size of a large Toby jug and thrust it into my hands It was Donald Barthelme Yes, the Donald Barthelme Not a Toby jug caricature, the actual original author of all those arch short stories Tell you the truth, I was nonplussed, like if she had thrust a sizeable cat [...]

    2. J. Kent Messum on said:

      Donald Barthelme is one of the most inventive, surrealist, post modernist writers out there, and that s saying something Whether you actually enjoy his work or not is another matter entirely Personally, I found City Life quite touch and go I wanted to love it, but often than not I was steered toward the opposite First published in 1970, this collection of short stories is very much a product of its time, but I didn t feel that it stood up to the test of time as a result The works are an extensi [...]

    3. FrancoSantos on said:

      Ya sab a que este no era el mejor libro de Barthelme, no obstante, me gust El surrealismo generalmente no lo disfruto, y es por eso que los relatos que m s ten an de ese movimiento no me atraparon Son muy confusos y desordenados A su vez, sobre su uso de la experimentaci n, se me hizo absurda Burbujas seas , Frase Por el otro lado, el recurso de la fragmentaci n s me gust , y mucho Escenas de mi padre llorando y Perro cayendo muestran un clima de asfixia y desesperaci n admirable Mis cuentos fav [...]

    4. Brian on said:

      Godbless godless Donald Barthelme and his mind bending, form shattering short fiction This collection from DB s early career shows the brilliance that the author will continue to mine and hone over his amazing writing career Stories like Brain Damage and Bone Bubbles make me want to read them over and over like a daily devotional.

    5. Marco Kaye on said:

      Reading this, Barthelme s third collection, is similar to listening to the Animal Collective Specifically, their most recent album, Merriweather Post Pavilion Why, you ask Because it is lush, layered, and very strange stranger than Barthelme s past work, but most definitely the strongest collection of his I ve read and I m reading them in chronological form Like Merriweather, there are moments of deep feeling within prose that comes bursting off the page.In Bone Bubbles , he plunges headlong int [...]

    6. Bob on said:

      The original price of this Bantam paperback edition is printed on the spine about an inch from the top, 1.25.Some subsequent used bookstore priced it at 1.35 the white rectangular sticker with that superfluous hyphen remains on the front Later, a thrift store, one that labeled items with a generic pink adhesive square with Thrift Store printed at the top, priced it at a handwritten 99 This I picked off in an effort to make it look less bedraggled I myself paid nothing.This looks to be the first [...]

    7. Chelsey on said:

      I got this little paperback looks exactly like the thumbnail many years ago when I was traveling by train around Europe, it was small and highly portable and great for rattling you out of the tedious parts of travel as it occasionally turns your mind inside out and makes you guffaw at the audacity of the experiments After a long shelf hiatus I pulled it out again this week to show it to my writing students as an example of the short story s limitlessness look This story is 100 numbered sentences [...]

    8. Colin on said:

      From Bone Bubbles uble dekko balcony of a government building series of closeups of the food gold thread long thin room pamper recent connection steroid perverse cults which have all but replaced Christianity ten filthiest cases men and women with strong convictions lottery breakdown fat arenas Uh HUH.There are ways to be formally experimental without hitting readers with the short story equivalent of a coconut creme pie Barthelme has written much better stories than the ones collected here read [...]

    9. Brandon Alan on said:

      Some of these stories would make sense if you were dropped on your head, maybe as a baby but definitely as an adult However, I must have taken the plunge against the concrete at some point because there are certain moments that shine through I enjoyed taking a stroll through the Tolstoy Museum I also appreciated seeing angels affirm chaos after the death of God There is something here for everyone assuming that everyone has enough patience to dump the contents onto the floor and see what collec [...]

    10. Jason Williams on said:

      I love surrealism And City Life is fucked up Brain Damage.I would never say that this is pure id, because that s not possible unless until somebody is in a straightjacket and all potential subversion has been contained by some sinister institution But that s kind of the point, I guess everything here is so impulse ive, but impulses that are in relation reaction to shared cultural receptors suppressors i.e context.

    11. Doctor Thunder on said:

      Just incredibly imaginative and humorous, surreal short stories.

    12. Myles on said:

      3.3 5.0 Fun and fascinating, but totally of its time Some of the things Barthelme does here seem pretty obvious, playful and fun, but not exactly profound.

    13. Glenn Russell on said:

      The new frontier of Postmodern Paraguay requires a fearless explorer to not only sport a safari hat, beard, custom fit jacket and fashionable scarf but also be well versed in the latest postmodern writings of Jean Fran ois Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, David Foster Wallace and, of course, Donald Barthelme Those Spanish speaking natives damn well better be ready Nifty collection of short surreal postmodern blasters by the master of the genre I will focus on my favorite as per below Paraguay This Bart [...]

    14. Amanda on said:

      In the larger stores silence is sold in paper bags like cement At the Tolstoy museum we sat and wept Defeats are, at times, good for your character, teaching you that it is not by success alone that one surmounts life, but that setbacks too, contribute to the that roughening of the personality that, by providing a textured surface to place against that of life, enables you to leave slight traces, or smudges, on the face of human history Some people feel you should tell the truth, but those peopl [...]

    15. Ruben on said:

      Oh, man, did I love this In some invisible and indirect way, he s influenced my writing deeply.

    16. wally on said:

      i ve read a few titles from barthelmew thisa collection of storieste 60s, 1970w illustrationsd there s this blurb from the ny times book review on the backys the illustrations make this even accessible follow the yellow brick road views of my father weepingbegins an aristocrat was riding down the street in his carriage he ran over my father after the ceremony i walked back to the city i was trying to think of the reason my father had died then i remembered he was run over by a carriage am also [...]

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    18. Miguel Jiménez on said:

      Donald Barthelme se convirti en uno de mis escritores favoritos con tan solo leer unos cuentos Esta es la primera obra completa que leo de l y eso es mucho que decir, pues es bastante complicado conseguir sus libros.El estilo de Barthelme es lo que le sigue de magn fico En sus cuentos se pueden encontrar frases incre bles, escritas con aparente sencillez, pues est n compuestas por palabras comunes pero que te llegan a lo m s rec ndito de tu ser Era un maestro del lenguaje porque sab a cu l era e [...]

    19. Eric Cartier on said:

      Barthelme is brilliant damn Gass and DFW for leading me to his work I ll have to read it all someday This collection wasn t as satisfying as Overnight To Many Distant Cities, but it s full of mundane things that shimmer, poetic passages and postmodern flair illustrations, a Joycean exercise, a cut up piece, one wild font and two QA style stories I look forward to reading Barthelme s full length novels in the future Below is a lengthy passage from The Explanation that captures the darts of desire [...]

    20. Eric T. Voigt on said:

      Many abstract moments, or poetic, or, honestly, perplexing, but amusing moments than that collection Amateurs, which is the other collection I ve read One day I m going to look back on this and say yes, Eric, you DID read those two books You read two other books, novels, by the man as well Why do you insist on listing What value does it add to your life, making the association read him, funny man when you see the name Barthelme or catch the cover of one of his books in your periphery And I won [...]

    21. Katherine on said:

      Until the hot meat of romance is cooled by the dull gravy of common sense once Four stars for Glass Mountain, Phantom, Sentence, Brain Damage Father Weeping Fewer for others Boy was I surprised I liked any of this Had always confused Barthelme with Derrida et al for some reason Hilarious in the way that Celine can be, only not as bitter.Am collecting notions of how to pronounce author s last name.

    22. Yesterday's Muse Bookstore on said:

      Though this book is not for everyone, I have to describe it as a collection of unusually inspired writing Barthelme s unique style and approach are a refreshing break from run of the mill fiction, and this collection of short pieces which I would recommend reading as related works are packed densely with meaning one can easily wring significance from them with each rereading especially the free form piece Bubble Bones.

    23. Cindywho on said:

      I think this may have been a Jessamyn West recommendation Experimental short stories written in the late 60s The first one was heavy and boring but the next one about the falling dog, I read to myself out loud and it was fun Some of the stories were interesting, but most just kind of weird enumerations, odd drawings, one single sentence July 14, 2005

    24. eucarya on said:

      Fun Fun Fun Barthelme captures the potential of short story as malleable and liberating Even at his most inaccessible he remains accessible Layers Sure But as it is, as fragments of city life, where the city is cellophane metaphor for the muck entirety Great, hilarious, enthralling.

    25. Christopher on said:

      I had high hopes for this, as I really enjoyed the Barthelme stories I ve heard read on the New Yorker fiction podcast While the first and last stories were OK, most of it felt like being experimented on I ll probably check out some of his recent work, but I won t come back to this one.

    26. Pix on said:

      This is one of the most ridiculously good books I have ever read Some parts I didn t understand but it doesn t seem to matter The words and stories danced around in my brain and made it sing A fantastic feeling.

    27. Louis Dirigible on said:

      some real high points and a lot of barthelme points of confusion that s hard to wade through liked it better than what i read in sadness, but a lot of other stuff i need to read by him before forming an opinion read parts of daugherty s biography, enough to sadden me over b s rise and fall.

    28. Robert Vaughan on said:

      introduced a new modern or post modern style to the short story.

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