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Song of the Silent Snow

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  637 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Fat Phil can't believe his luck at dice, but when his friends turn nasty, he pleads with fate to let him lose; a salesman psychs himself up with encouraging messages from fortune cookies, until the advice turns sour; a young boy experiences the onset of puberty as a sudden crushing weight one summer's afternoon.

Hubert Selby began as a writer of short stories and he excels

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Paperback, 214 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1986)
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MJ Nicholls
HSJ’s only story collection, released in 1986, lacks the power of his novel work—those books thrive on slow-building doom and the repetitive grind of addiction and madness, whereas these vignettes can’t attribute their weaknesses to style. Selby’s affinity and loyalty to the down-and-outs of New York never relented, unlike Lou Reed, who switched from bourgeois reformist to street-smart wiseguy in the space of two albums (listen to New York then play the laughable The Blue Mask to see my point). ...more
arcobaleno
Un unico tema: solitudine, paura, angoscia, in 15 variazioni.
I primi racconti hanno ritmi assordanti, serrati, timbri di tamburi, percussioni:
In testa aveva una ridda di pensieri. Gli esplodevano nel cranio. Gli trapassavano orecchie e naso. Gli zampillavano poi dalla bocca e gli si avvolgevano intorno alla testa e gli si cacciavano in gola.
Poi il ritmo si calma e negli ultimi predominano le voci di violini e flauti, con i loro lamenti umani che sollevano in un’altra dimensione e placano l’anim
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Kamran
پیش از خواندن کتاب،با سلبی در فیلم "مرثیه ای برای یک رویا" ساخت آرونوفسکی آشنا شده بودم،به همین خاطر بنا به پیض فرض قبلی توقع زیادی از "ترانه برف خاموش" داشتم که در حین خواند کتاب و از داستان دوم به بعد کاملا برآورده شد.کتاب در واقع از 15 داستان کوتاه تشکیل شده که با توجه به تم اروتیک 3 داستان کتاب و عدم امکان چاپ آن ها در ایران،سه داستان در نسخه فارسی این کتاب قرار نگرفته است.برای داستان ها نمی توان سبک و موضوع خاصی در نظر گرفت.فقط می توان گفت نام شخصیت اول اکثر داستان ها هری است،اکثر کاراکتر ه ...more
Pooriya
داستان‌هایی پر از دیوانگی! دیوانگانی که به جامعه انضباطیِ آسایشگاه‌روانی هدایت می‌شوند توسط جامعه کنترلی. جامعه‌ای که هرکس در آن نقشی دارد (باید نقشی داشته باشد!)، نقش پدر، کارمند (کارگر)، فرزند، نقش کنترلگر در جامعه کنترلی!‏

تمامیت این جامعه کنترلی منجر به چیزی به اسم بیماری‌های روانی می‌شود، لازمه‌ی این جامعه وجود چنین ناهنجاری‌هایی‌ست، وجود کسانی که نقش را نمی‌پذیرند یا در میانه‌ی نقش‌پذیری فرو می‌پاشند و از قالبی که جامعه برای آن‌ها تعیین کرده بیرون می‌آیند. خانواده‌ که جزو نهادهای مقدس در ای
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Mimonni
Dopo aver letto tempo fa Ultima fermata a Brooklyn, questo libro di racconti di Selby, non fa che confermare l' opinione più che positiva che ho di quest'autore.
Personaggi problematici che sopportano la loro condizione di disagio, dove il disagio può essere sia materiale, ma molto spesso psichico.
personaggi che escono dalle storie nella loro completezza seppur nel breve spazio delle pagine di un racconto.

Il mio preferito "Il cappotto" ( che mi ha fatto venir voglia di rileggermi il racconto omon

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Simon A. Smith
I've always felt a kinship with Mr. Selby and I was sad to see him go a few years back. I met him and he signed a copy of this book at a reading in 2000. This collection includes one of my favorite short stories: "Hi, Champ." The guy just had an awesome mind and one hell of an imagination. His demons are the hidden, unspoken demons that haunt us all.
Brian
This is by the author of Requiem for a Dream. The heroes of the stories are always torturing themselves. I love the toughness and empathy.
Joseph
the title story is one of my top 5 short stories.
Ryland Dinneen
I'm very surprised that SOTSN doesn't seem to be a popular one for Selby. I personally loved every page of it, and some of the stories really left me feeling raw. Hubert's writing isn't the same as always - he still goes for the brutally realistic and the disturbing, but here he has mixed it up with stories that are far more tender to the touch. His writing is always full of love, no matter how hellish the situations can be, but the love shines through the pages here like it hasn't in any of his ...more
Nicholas Pell
Song of the Silent Snow is a collection of short stories by Hubert Selby, Jr. I recently read Last Exit to Brooklyn and was totally blown away by it. So I put a bunch of his books on order from the library and this was the first to come in.

While none of the stories have the gritty, gripping power of Last Exit to Brooklyn, many of them have a poignancy much deeper than anything in Brooklyn. Of particular note are "Hi Champ" and "The Coat." Stories like "Indian Summer" and "Fortune Cookie" displa
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Colin N.
Selby, chronicler of the downtrodden, often depressed/unhinged/pathetic underbelly of society, returns in this collection of stories to portray the dashed dreams and struggles of men and women in NYC in the 70s.



There are some interesting and sad stories here, particularly “the Coat,” and Selby capably renders a sense of atmosphere and tragedy, while still adding a touch of dark humor.



Nevertheless, these stories lack the visceral punch and insanity of some of his other works. Selby does not see
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Zack
This collection of stories is excellent, notably "The Coat". The protagonists are all named Harry or Harold, with only one exception. At first I thought they all referred to the same person, but one or two of the stories make that seem unlikely. Reading about it on damazon, I came across an angry exchange between two reviewers: one complained on the Harry thing and the other said the complainer had "missed the point," implying some arcane significance to them all being Harry that was obvious to ...more
Andy
Apr 23, 2008 Andy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: numb nuts
Shelves: gay-lesbian
Basically every character in each story is so unbearably neurotic you want to slap them in the face with a dead fish. It’s one thing to create these neurotics in the Fifties (a time when there was a reason for said anxiety) when they’re trannies or Joe Sixpack closet queens as in “Last Exit To Brooklyn”. Forty years later to have this nutty behavior in every story is merely annoying as fuck.
Guillermo
Nov 26, 2007 Guillermo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jenn
I've read this book in the past. I has to be one of my favorite short story collections and my favorite Hubert Selby, Jr. book. I treasure it with my every fiber because of the stories within the text. The last being my favorite and more inpsiring.

Adrian
Some great stories, some not-so-great stories. I would not recommend this to those who are newcomers to Selby's work. My favourites were "The Coat" and "Song of the Silent Snow".
Louis Pz
At times crude, at times poetic, often trancendent. My favorite kind of short story collection: one that reads better as a complete work, a novel of unconnected characters.
J de Salvo
More tears from the Master of Pain. Do not read on your lunch break, unless you're in that kind of mood.
Nick G
Perhaps my favorite collection of short stories, a must for any short story fan.
Lindsey
I liked and remember two stories the best. The Jacket and Song of the Silent Snow.
Siavash Karbassi
نویسنده ی فیلنامه
Requiem for a Dream
همین آقا بوده ، دیگه خودتون می دونین
Joe Natoli
The redemptive power of the "title track," as it were, is extraordinary.
J G
If you like Selby this is another great one.
Christopher
understated and beautiful
Hothen
Kind of sick desperation
Evan
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Julian Meynell
This is a collection of short stories. As with all collections of short stories it varies in quality. It does not have the same intensity as the very best of Selby's writings, but some of it is really very good. He is at his best when he is exploring the intimate horrors of the lowest dregs of society in the tales. I find Selby to be always right on the money when he does. This he is the most accurate person on the life in the gutter of America. His writing has its brilliance and subtlety but it ...more
Billyparham
I primi racconti trasmettono solo tristezza, da "Pubertà" in poi trovo maggiore profondità. L'edizione non fornisce riferimenti temporali, quindi non so se si tratti di un caso o di un percorso di maturazione dell'autore.
Reza Mills
A marvelous collection of short stories from Hubert Selby Jr. Worth investigating.
Derek
Freaky and jarring.
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Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn and went to sea as a merchant marine while still in his teens. Laid low by lung disease, he was, after a decade of hospitalizations, written off as a goner and sent home to die. Deciding instead to live, but having no way to make a living, he came to a realization that would change the course of literature: "I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer." Dr ...more
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