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Dancing After Hours: Stories

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

From a genuine hero of the American short story comes a luminous collection that reveals the seams of hurt, courage, and tenderness that run through the bedrock of contemporary American life. In these fourteen stories, Dubus depicts ordinary men and women confronting injury and loneliness, the lack of love and the terror of actually...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1996)
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Roberto
Non conoscevo Dubus, ho letto questo libro grazie al consiglio di una cara amica. Ed è stata una bellissima scoperta. Dubus scrive benissimo, alcuni dei racconti di cui è composto il libro sono stupendi. Alcuni personaggi tornano da un racconto all’altro, anche se magari osservati da un’altra angolazione. Dubus scava nei dettagli della vita di tutti i giorni, nell’animo dei personaggi, nelle situazioni.

Scrive benissimo Manuppelli, nella post-fazione:

“Una volta ancora, una volta di più, un’ultim...more
Barbara
I tutor immigrant students in ESL. My current learner is a well-educated Korean lady, who has a moderate level of literacy in English. I found this book in my library in the Young Adult section of my library. Although this has been designated at that level, I chose this book to give her practise in reading and interpretation of written English. As we read this together, we are both enjoying it! *

Story #2, "A Love Song", seems to flow from DuBus' pen with a beautiful, powerful outpouring of words...more
Start from Scratch  (Maria)
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Da pagina a pagina era il tempo di emergere, prendere fiato e tornare giù, in quel rifugio del corpo dove si annida la sofferenza.
Che fosse questo o quel racconto non aveva importanza.
Era un'unica sensazione, replicata in ogni brano.
Ho iniziato a dilatare i tempi di lettura; preferivo fare un passo indietro piuttosto che procedere e lasciar che l'impazienza si portasse via tutto.
È un percorso quello a cui ci sottopone Andre Dubus, che parte dall'ombra e...more
David S.
I picked up this book because I'm taking an impromptu online course called "Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love". The first story we had to read in this collection was aptly called "Falling in Love" about an actor and a war vet who, well, fall in love. The story ends with an abortion and an embittered break up. Afterwards, Ted, our protagonist says he's been thinking with his cock too long. What he needs now is a philosophy. And that's kind of what this collection offers: little philosophies and less...more
Mark
There are fourteen stories here, about love, fidelity, desire and loss. Intertwined with these tales are four linked snapshots of a single couple, called Ted and LuAnn, as they meet, marry and deal with the struggles of marital life.
Dubus is a fine writer, evoking Raymond Carver and Richard Yates and completely understands this distinctive story form. His prose is strong and deft, if just a touch cold around the edges.
“The earth itself was leaving with her sad and pitying husband, was drawing aw...more
Daria
I first encountered Dubus in two standalone stories - "The Fat Girl" and "Townies" (yes, the short story, not the novel). Both times I thought him stunning, a lover of the slightly grotesque, the dark, the off-limits. I decided to pick up a collection for a little report due for class.

The only story that actually came through to me as resembling the Dubus I thought I knew was the very first, "The Intruder." There's youth and violence and disillusionment and it's all satisfying in a macabre sort...more
Jeremy
I can't believe I never read this guy before. Word-by-word, he's as close to perfection as Elkin. He actually loves the people he writes. even the lousy ones are his dear, dear friends.

I'm jealous of this guy. I'm sad I never met him and never will (he's dead you know).

The Lover is my favorite...well, then again--anyway, the guy, Ted Briggs is so well written it actually hurts. There are moments when even a relatively youthful cynic will be very close to tears because Dubus can actually show, in...more
Marcos
“Dancing after Hours” by Andre Dubus is a beautifully rendered and stark story collection about missed chances, missed possibilities and the elusive search for love. Sometimes you find it, sometimes you don’t. “Falling in Love” begins with Ted, who falls for an up-and coming actress who doesn’t want children; and who ends up marrying Luann Arceneaux, a cerebral young career woman who ends up a homemaker. Their relationship is depicted in four stories that centers on missed chances, questionable...more
sisterimapoet
Tight, precise people led stories.

Reading these I felt like I'd taken a godly microscope and zoomed in on peoples lives. When reading I gained access to their innermost thoughts and feelings. It was a privileged and at times painful place to be. Dubus seems to write particularly well about women.

I will defiantly seek out more of his writing. He may single-handedly have erased my doubts about the form of the short story.
Tracy Robertson
Most of the stories were readable enough to pass the time with, but I didn't find any outstanding. I picked up Dancing After Hours to hold me over while a book that I really want to read was being shipped to me. By the time I got that book, I had read 2/3 of Dancing After Hours and figured that I might as well finish it, hoping that the title story at the end would be really good. When I finally read that, I found it mediocre. It seemed to me that every single major character in these stories su...more
Edward S. Portman
Le raccolte di Andre Dubus sono sempre una gradevole lettura, non solo perché i suoi racconti affascinano in modo sorprendente senza utilizzare chissà quali effetti speciali di parole e frasi e periodi e azioni. La loro bellezza sta tutta nell’avvolgere il lettore con la prosa, puntuale e soffice, tanto da farlo sentire a proprio agio, come a casa, riscaldato da un coperta in grado di tenerlo al sicuro e di proteggerlo dalle brutture del mondo esterno. È una specie di lettura che mette in pace c...more
Claudia
Il dolore attraverso il vetro

Bellissima raccolta di racconti.Il dolore, la sofferenza e le paure vengono dichiarate sin dalla prima pagina di ogni racconto. Nulla è implicito. La tragedia nella mente e nel corpo è già avvenuta. L'Autore ci accompagna verso la catarsi del protagonista che non necessariamente significa rinnegare il passato ma al contrario significa fare i conti con la propria ambivalenza e i propri limiti. L'uso del passato nella costruzione del racconto è coerente in quanto rende...more
Esme
Die Kurzgeschichten von Andre Dubus sind kleine Meisterwerke. Jede beginnt mit einer Alltagssituation eines ganz gewöhnlichen Menschen. Die Charakterisierungen der Personen und Beschreibungen ihrer Kleidung und Umgebung ist sehr genau und ausführlich. Und gerade wenn der Leser so ein bißchen eingelullt ist in diese Gewöhnlichkeit, bricht unvermutet der Horror in den Alltag der Figuren ein. Besonders eindringlich ist dies in der Erzählung "Blessings" ("Gnade").

Die titelgebende Geschichte "Dancin...more
Felicity
These stories are of course well-made. Andre Dubus was a master of the short story. However, I have a hard time loving them, being satisfied by them, or even admiring them very much. They're made very simply, and don't tend to move, exalt or act deeply upon the reader. I have a hard time liking or sympathizing with his characters, even (or especially) those he returns to in a series of time-lapsed stories. The themes are fairly consistent: sex, love, betrayal, redemption. Betrayal, perhaps, most...more
Simone Subliminalpop
Ultima raccolta di racconti scritta da Andre Dubus in vita, ma anche la prima dopo l’incidente che lo costrinse su una sedia a rotelle per sempre.
Come ormai ci ha abituato un maestro del genere, Dubus usa la forma racconto nel migliore dei modi, mettendo spesso il lettore davanti a un fatto cruciale per il protagonista già accaduto, anche se non del tutto superato, anzi, e preferendo narrare la via delle ferite che si rimarginano, della speranza che seppur tenue c’è sempre, dei tentativi di prov...more
Carl
A strong collection published later in Dubus' life, I think. The stories that stand out most trace the life and marriage of Ted Briggs and his wife, LuAnn. Reminded me of Updike's excellent stories about the Maples. Dubus is a master at making you understand why people do horrible things to each other, but here he shows a knack for getting at some of the inner workings of a (mostly) successful marriage. LuAnn's character is fascinating, especially as Dubus illustrates her maturation over the cou...more
Michael Steger
The stories in this collection are the first I have read by Dubus, and I was struck by their strong sense of psychological, emotional truth-- the reader feels everywhere that the writer is writing about experiences and feelings he knows, or has known, first-hand. Dubus, to my (male) mind, writes very convincingly about women, and from the point of view of women-- not a characteristic often found among male authors.

My only criticism is that, once or twice in this collection, there is a very sligh...more
papasteve
I really like Andre Dubus. His stories, for me, have a more personal touch, as if he's writing a story/parable that has to do with some incident from his personal journal. There's almost always a character who's dealing with something in his life like Dubus has dealt with--most notably some physical malady, disfigurement, etc. I feel like Dubus is letting us in his world, both external and internal, and letting the reader walk around in those worlds for a while to see if we want to stay and chat...more
Mitchell
There are books that I am completely disconnected from - not many, but this one I was cut off from the characters and stories they lived. I'm not sure if it was the taint of "soap opera" naval gazing that I felt it wallowed in from time to time or the fact I felt I could picture these people driving nice Swedish auto-mobile's to Yoga classes or idling at the drive-through window waiting for their Lattes. Many like this book, maybe the stories resonated with them or found the characters complex,...more
Daniel DiStefano
This collection is frighteningly good. He is often compared to Carver and I think there's something to that. His stories can be quiet, simple, and melancholic, but Dubus' real talent is his use of suspense and his flashes of violence. This violence is never gratuitous, but somehow always there, waiting for his characters and the story to somehow unearth it. For anybody who loves short stories, this collection is a rare find. It makes me want to read everything he has ever written.
Kendare Blake
Not my favorite Dubus, but certainly interesting. The stories are quiet, they sneak, there are moments of gentle understanding and also some moments of real horror. The menace that Dubus deals with is not linked so much to the darkness in man as the darkness of chance. Somehow I found the stories that dealt with home invasion and shark attacks to be more affecting than the ones addressing love.

I prefer Dubus's other collection We Don't Live Here Anymore.

Amy
Picked this up at the library after reading an article about Andre Dubus in a writing magazine. Although I write (or try to write) short stories myself, I don't read nearly enough of them...I always seem to gravitate toward novels instead. Dubus was a master of the (very difficult) short story genre, and his ability to write from the points of view of all his very different protagonists was pretty amazing.
Marie
Dancing After Hours by Andrea Dubus is a book of short stories. A few stories are about the same couple through different periods of their lives. Most of the stories are about relationships and interactions with other people. I enjoyed this book. I think my favourite story was Dancing After Hours. I would recommend this book to my fellow readers.
Erik
I enjoyed the sparse writing, but overall this book basically offered nothing more than a glimpse into the lives of people for whom you couldn't care less, (and all of the dramas that surround them.) It's sort of Tobias Wolff-light. Not a total loss, but ultimately it didn't do much for me.
Dan
Fantastic stories expertly told. I really enjoyed this book.

The prose is sparse like Raymond Carver, yet insightful and personal like Alice Munro. I actually was sad to see some of them end.

I believe I stumbled across an incredible writer. Thank you, Fredricksen Library Book Sale!
Mon
a hit and miss, the last couple of pieces concentrating on more experienced women being a lot better than the male voices at the start. Writing is great but it feels like something that is written by a college liberal arts major, sentimental and just doesn't really leave an impact.
Leslie
A lovely collection of stories about ordinary people leading ordinary lives and having ordinary moments of revelation and exaltation. My favourite story was the title story, about loneliness and love and sex and dependence and the courage it takes to get up in the morning and live.
Jeff
He is one of the most powerful writers of the last 30 years...it's breathtaking to experience the devastations and subsequent redemptions he's able to draw out of a single day of a single ordinary person's life...his turns of phrase are sort of awe-inspiring, and well-earned...
Izzy
That showing versus telling isn't always the easy way out. That showing can be an incredible mental journey into the minds of your charcter, especially if said minds are filled with dispair, lonliness and an inherent need for self-refelction and understanding.
Christa
Dubus' women are pretty impressively well-rounded. He's sympathetic to how love affects men and women equally, and some of the moments in which his characters discover their love or that it's no longer there are very poignant and beautifully written.
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Award-winning author Andre Dubus II (1936–1999) has been hailed as one of the best American short story writers of the twentieth century. Dubus’s collections of short fiction include Separate Flights (1975), Adultery & Other Choices (1977), and Dancing After Hours (1996), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Another collection, Finding a Girl in America, features the story...more
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“What cracks had he left in their hearts? Did they love less now and settle for less in return, as they held onto parts of themselves they did not want to give and lose again? Or - and he wished this - did they love more fully because they had survived pain, so no longer feared it?” 12 likes
“He learned how quickly love died when you weren't looking; if you weren't looking.” 10 likes
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