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Rescue Missions: Stories

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Some of the stories in this "brilliant" (Library Journal, starred review) collection feature the war in Iraq, and others feature domestic wars; in every case, a character seeks to comfort or to save someone. Physical love, familial love, the need to give comfort—and the need for comfort—are themes skillfully rendered by this "master of the genre" (Booklist, starred review) ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2006)
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Jan 29, 2016 Angelina rated it liked it
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Although 3/5 in terms of readability, I did not really enjoy this collection of stories. The only story I can say I enjoyed was "The Hay Behind the House".
I found a lot of the stories to be over-sexualized in unnecessary ways. Lots of the stories contained unrealistic sexual encounters as well as irrelevant remembered sexual events. It felt like the female characters in the stories were written by a man; they were not realistic. I found this to hugely take away from the stories individually, a
Eric Gillis
Un recueil de quinze nouvelles. Déroutant. Une écriture plongée dans un brouillard permanent, alternant sans frontière évidente le passé et le présent, le monologue et le récit, la première et la troisième personne, la résignation et l’espoir. Beaucoup de résignation. Des corps remplis de larmes face au deuil, face à l’expérience de la fin, face à l’inexplicable de leur origine, mais qui prennent garde à bien étouffer leur sanglots. Rien de trash. Une détresse trop digne, trop respectable. Est-c ...more
Aug 28, 2007 Sabrina rated it liked it
short stories again... but really depressing- stories revolve around death. think he wrote this after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Aug 04, 2008 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some of these are great, some not so much but overall a must-read.
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Frederick Busch (1941–2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing’s emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his li ...more
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