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Dancing After Hours

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,278 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 4th 1997 by Vintage (first published 1996)
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Aug 04, 2016 orsodimondo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, racconti
A notte fonda è quando si è più vicini alla nostra intimità.
Quando si è più ricettivi e attenti.
Quando si abbassano le difese e si rinuncia ai filtri.
Quando ci sembra di avere viva ogni sensazione, non solo con la mente e con il cuore.
Quando ci si sente più in contatto col mistero e il garbuglio dell’esistenza.
Quando si rivela una profondità dove ci sembra di poter entrare.
Quando i nostri pensieri diventano il mondo e il mondo diventa noi.
Quando qualcosa d’imprevedibile g
Jan 05, 2016 Gabriele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nella scena ci sono io, attorno all'una di notte, che cammino avanti e indietro per casa con in mano questo libro di Dubus. Ho finito di leggerlo da un paio di giorni, ma ancora non ho capito quanto mi sia piaciuto. O se mi sia piaciuto. Dubus, riflettevo, è uno scrittore che procede per accumulo. Leggi il primo racconto e ti piace. Leggi il secondo e ti dici, fra te e te, che ti sembra di averlo già letto. Arrivi al terzo e sei sicuro che quello che ti sta raccontando è la stessa cosa del racco ...more
David S.
Feb 10, 2012 David S. rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2013 Roberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racconti

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
Apr 03, 2013 Daria rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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
Jan 22, 2009 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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
Kendare Blake
Jun 15, 2011 Kendare Blake rated it liked it
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.

È un'umanità ferita, quella che percorre i racconti di Dubus. Sono ferite fisiche e morali; la paura di sentire e il desiderio di provare emozioni; il senso di colpa e il perdono; l'amore provato e quello tradito; il senso di inadeguatezza e la speranza. Sono uomini e donna che peccano, nel senso cristiano del termine. E si assolvono, determinati a imparare dagli errori. Ci sono assassini, che uccidono senza volerlo; e quelli che lo fanno con premeditazione. Ognuno porta un fardello, si ritrova ...more
Sara Comuzzo
May 16, 2015 Sara Comuzzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racconti
non così conosciuto se non fra gli atteti appassionati dell'arte del racconto.
andre dubus, padre, insegnante, marine, paraplegico a seguito di un incidente, scrittore, saggista; era tutto questo.

la raccolta contiene 14 racconti intimi, viscerali, spesso incentrati sulla coppia: relazioni che non hanno senso, magari l'amore c'è ma manca tutto il resto, l'amore c'è ma qualcosa non funziona. relazioni spesso abitate da tradimenti, mancanze di fiducia, rapporti instabili, gente che si conosce per ca
Aug 17, 2008 sisterimapoet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2008
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.
Ben Groner III
Dec 12, 2015 Ben Groner III rated it it was amazing
I keep feeling like Dubus is writing about real people, people that actually exist in the world. In his characters and in their complicated relationships with each other--in their loneliness, joy, violence, sin, love--I often see myself; my own thoughts and desires and fears and hopes. This is a collection to read to feel more acutely what it means to be alive. (I recommend his Selected Stories even more highly!)
Jan 22, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
These stories are extremely poignant and wonderfully crafted. There were many times that I genuinely laughed out loud and other times that I found myself crying from the depths of my soul (which was startling). I particularly loved LuAnn’s character. She appears in several of the stories. I have no doubt that if LuAnn was a real person, we would absolutely be friends. For me these stories are a triumph and I feel blessed having come across them.
Sep 02, 2014 Louize rated it really liked it
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"Running away cause fear. So if you hold your ground, you'll be brave. And that sadness doesn't cause crying. Crying makes us sad. So we should act the way we want to feel."
Jul 25, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
Andre Dubus is a master at the short story. So easily he involves me in his characters and stories. Sometimes great suspense. Other times love and human frailty and strength. Most enjoyable collection.
Andrew McCullough
Jul 13, 2014 Andrew McCullough rated it really liked it
Each short story has a remarkable impact on the reader - each unique, each with its own twist. Read ONE story in the store, then take it home! Look for House of Sand and Fog, too!
Dec 05, 2016 Amyg1024 rated it liked it
The writing in this book gave me a feeling of "dude's inner landscape". It just felt very male, somehow, to me. The short stories were engaging; the author certainly seemed to be an observant study of human nature. The stories were particularly time bound, in setting, which wasn't a bad thing; it's just been a while since I visited a post-AIDS, pre-cell phone, pre-9-11 world.

The underlying worldview, centered on sex and alcohol and competition, was only marginally satisfying though. So, glad I r
The library book club I facilitate decided to read this collection of short stories. I knew almost nothing about Andre Dubus, save that he is from MA and he has a relative with the same name who also writes books. After reading this collection, I'm not sure I can say I know any more about the writer, aside from the fact that he knows how to draw people and he knows New England.

I'm not sure I can say I enjoyed this book. The characters Dubus created, from the naive to the hard drinking, hard smok
Edward S. Portman
Jan 26, 2014 Edward S. Portman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 21, 2014 Marcos rated it it was amazing
“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
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
Aug 24, 2016 Esme rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
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
Tracy Robertson
Feb 21, 2014 Tracy Robertson rated it liked it
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
Aaron Martz
Dec 23, 2014 Aaron Martz rated it really liked it
You can tell this book was written after Dubus' accident. Several of the stories deal with once fully-functional men who feel humiliated and emasculated by injuries to their legs. Their wives leave them, their livelihoods are taken away, and they are in other ways deprived of the robustness of the lives they once lived. Only in the closing titular story has the character come to terms with his disability, and in may ways so do the characters around him, and it is a perfect closing chapter to wha ...more
Paolo Gianoglio
Apr 21, 2016 Paolo Gianoglio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Affrontato quasi per dovere, con la convinzione che chi me lo aveva consigliato sapesse ciò di cui stava parlando. Perché per me la dimensione del racconto è - e resta - una dimensione in cui faccio fatica a trovarmi. Devo però ammettere che alcuni di questi racconti hanno iniziato a scavare dentro, sono rimasti attaccati da qualche parte, hanno messo radici nella mia coscienza. Tutto è avvenuto in sordina, anche se alcune di queste piccole storie hanno una loro forte drammaticità. Ma la maggior ...more
Claudia aka la viandante dei libri
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
Gorgeous. The stories get better as you continue reading this collection. My favorites: "The Timing of Sin," "Out of the Snow," "Dancing After Hours."

The stories echo one another in swells and quiet moments, where fear is tinted with gratitude for how it forces us to see how much we love and moves us to hope... disability is real, but still allows dancing... adultery begins with a precariously placed moment of decision, where a brief pause of touching your own skin presents you with a moment to
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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?” 18 likes
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