Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author hailed by The New Yorker as “a virtuoso of waking dreams” comes a dazzling new collection of darkly comic stories united by their obsession with obsession. In Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser transports us to unknown universes that uncannily resemble our own.
The collection is divided into three parts that fit seamlessly together
Millhauser es un escritor dado a incluir elementos fantásticos en sus historias, algo que puede echar atrás a ...more
Of all the writers I know, Steven Millhauser has probably the most uncanny imagination, the biggest range in themes, and at the same time, the most recognizable (ie., unique) style.
The first story in Dangerous Laughter, “Cat’ n’ Mouse,” is written like a precise report of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. In fact, having watched dozens of episodes of the latter as a teenager (on Romanian TV!), I am convinced that Millhauser has written many of the pas ...more
The stories seem to make their point and then stretch themselves and then overstretch themselves and then beat you over the head with their message.
The first story, a story that people seem to be tripping oversleves t ...more
In a way, the joy of these stories come in each unfolding to the reading eye like a paper flo ...more
I happened upon this book in one of the best ways: aimlessly browsing a used-book-store. Picked it out and it instantly felt right, you know -- in a way I haven't had in awhile; knowing that this is the exact right time to read a certain book. I'd never heard of Steven Millhauser. The cover weirded me out. But the writing style. God.
Reading Millhauser is like...like. It's like reading the short stories of a modern American ...more
My favorite was the first story which is basically a descri ...more
After a disappointing collection by what I thought was a reliable author, I picked up another set of short stories based purely on the appeal of its cover. According to the info. on the back, the image was culled from The Advertising Archives. Very Mad Men. Dangerous Laughter really took me by surprise. I know I probably shouldn't say this because the summer has barely begun and because I'll be damning myself with a barely ripe ...more
"The mouse is sitting in his chair with his feet on the hassock and his open book facedown on his lap. A mood of melancholy has invaded him, as if the brown tones of his room had seeped into his brain. He feels stale and out of sorts: he moves within the narrow compass of his mind, utterly devoid of fresh ideas. Is he perhaps too much alone? He thinks of the cat and w ...more
Reading an entire book of MIllhauser's eerie stories in some way dampens the pleasure of his ...more
Like most experimental short fiction I found this to be hit-and-miss. Some of the stories were funny, some were genius, and others just seemed unstatisfying and pointlessly weird. I imagine that different readers, however, would assign those same labels to different ...more
That being said, one thing that I did kind of miss from the stories was any real sense of emotion, there was always a level of detachment that nagged at me after several stories. The exception to this was the ...more
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first Millhauser collection that I read (Knifethrower), this one is stronger. I'd be looking at the last page of a story with regret, only to find myself sharply pulled into the next one. Millhauser is smart and incredibly engaging- this particular bunch reminded me a little of Calvino. Very curious to see how he translates into the world of novel.