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1981 collection aptly named Trailerpark and are similar in construct they portray the outsider who goes against the norms of society or altruistic reasons there is even a section in both stories where the individual judgements of the trailer park denizens aka society on these outcasts who dare to go against the grain are laid out candidly and embarrassingly or we too could be one of those people casting those judgements The opening story Djinn set in a Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other fictitious African state is similar in theme where those who rise to the top and look beyond are pulled down by the dictates of a conformist societyThe unfortunate aspect of throwing a writer s entire body of shortiction into a one mammoth collection is that there will be unevenness between stories and there is in this one too given the 37 year span over which they were written Styles vary Richard Nixon: The Life from 1st person to 2nd person to 3rd person Inact the 2nd person constructs are very effectively renderedAll that said if you have the time and patience to let Banks conjure up his scenes and characters in his deliberate and methodical ashion this is a very enjoyable and memorable read Russell Banks does not "do much happy But if you like winter and New Hampshire you may ind much to like in the short stories "much happy But if you like winter and New Hampshire you may ind much to like in the short stories this book There was a story early in the book about a boy learning to ice skate It brought me to my youth in Michigan winters skating in a variety of places rom small lakes to looded rinks in the neighborhoodSome of the characters
"Live In Trailers And Drink "in trailers and drink much and experience and sometimes initiate violence It is said that the 30 some short stories in the book were selected by Banks himself who considered them the best of his work I like reading short stories But these days I am mostly listening to audible books rather than lipping paper pages With this book the reader was competent but not extraordinary Every story was red in about the same voice I think and hope that I have another broker two by Banks I like him I often have difficulty reading a collection of short stories Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners from beginning to end but Angel on the Roof held merom the whole way through There were a couple less impressive stories thankfully they were all short but some of these will hold me Janae (Blacktop, for some time The suallor of the Guinea Pig Lady the moral of the Fisherman the heart wrenching decision in the Burden etc Many of these stories revolve around decisions and their conseuences most often through the elusive nature of male thought and the unexplainable actions men take Ielt the women were weakly drawn characters but was not bothered by this probably because so many of the stories characters had so many aults or bad luck or repeated amily cycles of poverty abuse alcoholism etc that I didn t desire to know all the characters well I may be wrong but I think this would be a difficult book or some men to read because many of the characters are hurting and they just can t control or ace it Difficult yes But true Sadly too often A good read Easy to pick up and read a story or two then come back a ew days later and read one or two I was a ew stories in before I caught on they were all connected Soon it seemed like reading a story took on the eel of a call back home catching up on the lives of people you d left behind A good book or lunch breaks waiting in lines and doctor s offices and to keep handy on the side table between loads of laundry. Orld rom working class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa Broad in scope and rich in imagination The Angel on the Roof affirms Russell Banks's place as one of the masters of American storytelli. To be an author who makes me regret not having ound him earlier in my life On the other hand I wonder if I would have
BEEN ABLE TO TRULY APPRECIATE HIMable to truly appreciate him now or if his particular blend of melancholy and regret are only suited to the man I ve becomeThis is a great collection of short stories and it was especially exciting to see his occasional jumps outside the comfort zone of rural New Hampshire Still my Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., favoritesrom the collection are probably The Fisherman and Plains of Abraham both of which manage to merge Banks genius at characterization with a compelling story The Moor is also great although it lacks much in the way of plot I have enjoyed Russell Banks novels but they have left me just short of high praise Good writing but just lacking Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, for me a story stamina So was I ever thrilled to pick up his book of short stories In my opinion THIS is his genre where he captures a snippet of a life or thought and intensifies it without therustration of building a story Everyday life in medieval times for commercial readingsuccess These are wonderful I picked up this collection never intending toinish it nearly 500 pages of short stories But I did trapped as I was in the middle of the ice storm and was glad or the experienceI was reminded of Raymond Carver and John Steinbeck when reading "These Stories Many Of "stories many of are located in a town called Catamount New Hampshire The characters are mostly blue collar workers often plumbers leading hard scrabble lives hanging at the edges of penury They are scarred individuals prone to alcohol adultery violence racism sexism greed and vanishing jobs but with a strong homing call toward their roots in this small state that seems to be ond of Canadian Club whiskey Children of
broken marriages eature prominently and I wondered whether the 12 yearmarriages eature prominently and I wondered whether the 12 year boy in the 50 s with a younger brother and sister whose Dead Giveaway father abandons theamily a scenario occurring in than one story ueen Andrew Lost In the Kitchen for a Day and The Visit is a reflection on the author s life However adult children of brokenamilies should never uestion their aging parents about what happened those many years ago to disrupt the Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism family unit as we discover in Assisted Living Plain but strong women are entwined with younger and attractive men leading to disastrous results Sarah Cole A Type of Love Story Some of the shorter stories are told in parableorm such as The Fish and The Neighbour Communist leanings come out in With Che in New Hampshire and in the dramatic recreation of Simon Bolivar s last hours in The Rise of the Middle Class An unexpected event can lead a man to uestion the new direction he is taking with his life after the collapse of a long term marriage Xmas And the Nope final story Lobster Night is a dramatic exploration into what happens when individual breaking points are breachedor both men and women The most moving story Rejected Rejected Rejected for me was The Moor where a 50 something local thespian also in the plumbing businessor his day job and divorced meets his 80 year old Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison former loverrom 30 years ago in a restaurant and escorts her homeBanks is a slow burn on the longer stories where he takes time and lengthy sentences some of which are clumsy and pretentious to build character but you have to stay the course to gain the benefit Two of the stories The Fisherman and The Guinea Pig Lady run 120 pages between them and take place in the same trailer park there are other stories too Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz from this trailer park pulledrom his. Are among the inest he has ever written As is characteristic of all of Bank's works these stories resonate with irony and compassion honesty and insight extending into the vast territory of the heart and the Russell Banks is not Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors for everyone His writing has been described as harsh and most people who prefer either light reading orantasy hate his work and in my experience Banks seems to provoke love or hate responses You have to appreciate gritty realism methodical character and plot development and preferably have a Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series familiarity with northern New England and upstate New York to appreciate his stories With that stated upfront he is a very talented writer with a deep understanding of human nature and his best work including Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter leaves the reader with a deepened understanding of human nature This is a collection of shortiction Five Days Left from close toour decades of writing selected by the author to represent what he Searching for Robert Johnson feels is his strongest work Sarah Cole A Type of Love Story in particular stands out as a little masterpiece ofirst person short story writing Audiobook Reader was decent I would give this 35 starsA number of stories were connected by place and charactersOne disadvantage of listening was not being able to easily look back at some of those connections I often wish audio books had better table of contentsMost of the stories were uite good As they were written over a period of time some were better than others The stories involve the lives of working class and lower middle class and how people so often get stuck by circumstance and decision was poignant The depiction of those lives rang true This is an unsettling disturbing thought provoking collection of short stories Many of the stories take place in a trailer park community in New England Different stories jump around in time which sometimes explains characters actions in previous stories but sometimes is just plain confusing My Blood on Silk favorite stories were The Moor which deals with a past love Indisposed in which a wifeinds her power and the story about the
"Old Man Who Wins The "man who wins the which Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol functions as a parable about the power or lack of power of money The series begins with theanciful image of the eavesdropping angel on the roof to whom all our stories are offered and it ends with a literal bang Yowza If there was a sense of humor or even hope in Russell Banks life it must have been beaten out of him a long time ago if these tales are any indication There is a perverse yearning glamor to be Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing found in these stories about the hard bitter truths the charactersind or don t almost as if the hopelessness is something to be envied Cheever it can be said is often times dour and melancholic but at least lightens the load with transcendent prose and a dark wit In the art of using inely wrote sentences and skillfully rendered imagery to depict narratives where a sad ending is inevitable Cheever is a master the tragic the orlorn the ache and condition of the character s lives are made emphatic by the elegant raming Cheever places around the particulars The lesson intended or not is that art needn "T Be Limited To Helping "be limited to helping appreciate the pretty peaceful and serene matters of life only to make us eel the conditions of existence deeper Additionally Cheever knew when to uit craft and art are ever present in his storiesBanks lacks even that and this succession of dark skies long winters and teeth grinding pain bearing just wears out the writing dare we say even veers towards the cliche A better written and incisively written set of stories are needed in place of this Russell Banks continues. With The Angel on the Roof Russell Banks offers readers an astonishing collection of thirty years of his short Erano guerrieri fiction revised especiallyor this volume and highlighted by the inclusion of nine new stories that. .