Search Results: "Donald Barthelme"


BOOK REVIEW

FLYING TO AMERICA by Donald Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"For Barthelme completists only."
The final collection of the influential writer's previously uncollected stories. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"A few savory hints here whet the appetite for more: a promised collection of essays and interviews, another of uncollected stories. (Copiously illustrated with loopy prints, not seen but fondly remembered.)"
An unusually miscellaneous miscellany aptly described by its subtitle: marginal work from the late author who became the leading American short-story writer in the 70's. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

What Thomas Pynchon called ``Barthelmismo'' is somewhat lacking in the second posthumous collection edited by Herzinger of Barthelme's miscellaneous writings, which here includes film and book reviews, art catalog essays, and New Yorker pieces. ``Barthelme Takes On Task of Almost Deciphering His Fiction'' ran the New York Times headline when Barthelme delivered a lecture for New York University's Writer at Work series. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The final image of brotherly revenge is indelible, making this, Kirkus suggested, 'one of Barthelme's more haunting novels.'"
Barthelme's new publisher is returning to print some of his fiction, beginning with this, his novel from 1993, a tale of marital indiscretion and brotherly betrayal set in Biloxi, a familiar terrain in Barthelme's dark and contemporary social comedy. Read full book review >

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ELROY NIGHTS by Frederick Barthelme
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"'It's not as simple as they make it on TV,' says Freddy. Says the reader, oh, dear, but yes it is."
Veteran Barthelme (stories: The Law of Averages, 2000, etc.) sets a semi-successful professor to wondering about the meaning of life—and the reader can actually take him seriously now and then. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 29, 1999

"A queasy, uneasy mixture uniting confessional autobiography with arch literary navel gazing. (16 b&w photos)"
Neither Frederick (Bob the Gambler, 1997, etc.) nor Steven (And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story, 1987, not reviewed) has tried his hand at an extended work of nonfiction before, but this grim tale of compulsive gambling and personal disaster should present no problems apart from the ones built into their subject. Read full book review >

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WAVELAND by Frederick Barthelme
Released: April 7, 2009

The Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina provides the backdrop for a man in hell, in Barthelme's latest novel (Elroy Nights, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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PAINTED DESERT by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A road novel that almost gets there."
A zeitgeisty novelist and storywriter hitchhikes on the info highway, only to endorse a decidedly low-tech, retro view of hope and redemption. Read full book review >

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TRACER by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A tropical breeze of a book that we pronounced, simply, 'artful.'"
The second reprint in Barthelme's multibook deal with Counterpoint (see above), this novella from 1985 introduces more of the writer's whacked-out middle-aged couples, divorced and sleeping with the wrong people (i.e., marital relatives). Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF AVERAGES by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Some contemporary short-story writers create a sense of ennui by dispensing with plot; generous Barthelme often spins out more events in an opening paragraph than you'd expect from a whole story, then goes right on spinning till his people are tangled in a world so thick with incident that their lives seem spun even more hauntingly out of control. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"One of Barthelme's more haunting novels."
Del, who used to do p.r. work in Houston, is given a condo in Biloxi, Mississippi, by his grateful ex-father-in-law after Del divorces the man's daughter. Read full book review >