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The Safety of Objects: Stories

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,650 ratings  ·  195 reviews
The breakthrough story collection that established A. M. Homes as one of the most daring writers of her generation Originally published in 1990 to wide critical acclaim, this extraordinary first collection of stories by A. M. Homes confronts the real and the surreal on even terms to create a disturbing and sometimes hilarious vision of the American dream. Included here are ...more
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Published January 29th 2013 by Penguin Books (first published 1990)
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Arwen56
In linea generale, non mi è piaciuta per nulla questa raccolta di racconti. La seconda stelletta è dovuta solo al fatto che alcune idee sono davvero interessanti, benché non ben sviluppate.
Lo stile è disadorno, scarno, ma non arriva a essere efficacemente essenziale. Ossia, la “nudità” delle parole non compensa con l’esattezza quel che perde in ricchezza espressiva. Può non sembrare, ma anche saper essere sintetici è un’arte. Suggerire o suscitare un’idea, un sentimento o un’emozione è spesso pi
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Ardesia
Tematiche ripetitive e - immagino volutamente - disturbate.

Un racconto con gente nuda. Ok.
Due racconti con gente nuda. Va be'.
Tre racconti con gente nuda. Hum.
Quattro racconti con gente nuda. Ancora?!
Un racconto sulla sessualità di un ragazzo. Ok.
Due racconti sulla sessualità di un ragazzo. Va be'.
Tre racconti sulla sessualità di un ragazzo. Questa non mi è nuova.
Un racconto sul non riconoscere più il proprio coniuge. Ok.
Due racconti sul non riconoscere più il proprio coniuge. Uff.
Tre raccont
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Raza Syed
This uneven collection of A.M. Homes' short stories begins bangingly with the deadpan tale of a stagnant married couple who rekindle their spark by lighting up a crack pipe. A subsequent vignette about an abducted boy who induces a sort of buyer's remorse in his kidnapper is somewhat less effective but nevertheless intriguing. The rest of the stories are frequently too similar in their quietly desperate neurasthenia, eventually blurring together in a single high-pitched whine that's all posturin ...more
Jim Breslin
The Safety of Objects by A.M. Homes is a fascinating collection of odd suburban tales. Written in a simple style, these stories are laden with symbolism that reveal a disturbing depth. A couple experiments with drugs after shipping their kids to the grandparents, a fat girl sunbathes nude in her backyard, a boy has a sexual affair with his sister’s Barbie doll.

I first read A.M. Homes last summer. Her short story Do Not Disturb was listed as one of the best short stories of all time. When I read
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Janet Mitchell
Apr 19, 2008 Janet Mitchell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: short story lovers, lovers of the weird
I have really started to enjoy more and more short fiction. I heard about this book on NPR and think that parts of it were turned into a movie, but I could be wrong. I just loved the openeness of the characters. It is very depressing, so don't read it when you are down. Read it when you think your life and family is crazy. It should perk you right up, hopefully. Because if your family is this weird, you are in trouble or maybe you should write your own book and make more money, which would also ...more
Erika
I think Homes has found the deepest secrets of humankind and made them terrifyingly ordinary and shockingly real.
Jeanie Zwick
Jun 13, 2007 Jeanie Zwick added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lev
I recently discovered Homes. She's an excellent storyteller - a whimsical and vivid voice.
Sandra
Dieci brevi racconti da cui emerge una triste realtà, il vuoto di sentimenti e di certezze in cui viviamo: sono pennellate di umanità desolata, priva di rapporti veri, di relazioni affettive, chiusa verso gli altri e aperta verso gli oggetti, a cui ci si lega in modo forte, tanto da personificare le cose o, al contrario, spersonalizzare e ridurre ad oggetti le persone. E così abbiamo, da un lato, un ragazzino che si affeziona ad una Barbie, con la quale instaura un rituale di corteggiamento che ...more
ann
This is one of the rare books that I liked more at the beginning than at the end. The first story was wonderful, the majority of the rest were pretty mediocre.

Homes is a beautiful and clean writer, but the some of her stories seems exploratory rather than personally reflective...She has an obvious interst in childhood psychology, teenage sexuality, and sexual taboo. I understand that at the time this was published, it was a bit of a fad. Even I really liked, "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happi
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Cristina
Questo libro per me è stato come uno schiaffo in faccia.
I racconti hanno più o meno tutti qualche cosa che manca, come una voce che fatica ad uscire, che rimane vagamente afona, non incisiva non chiara, vorrebbe urlare al mondo qualche cosa che rimane come intrappolata.
La sicurezza degli oggetti, un titolo in cui ho cercato di trovare una chiave di lettura, un significato, un denominatore comune, ma non ci sono riuscita, solo in parte per lo meno.
L'elemento che accomuna queste storie è il vu
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Daniel
A.M. Homes is a superb writer. Her stories of the perverse always enchant and disturb in equal measure.
Julia Long
This beyond brilliant short story collection is definitely in the running for my fav book of all time. I'm humbled by this thing. I'm so ecstatic and horrified that it exists. Oh, God. I love it so fucking much, Jesus H Christ. It literally changed my life. I still think about it every day. It haunts me in the best and worst way. I was genuinely disturbed by it but also deeply and painfully inspired. If you can handle it, read it. I'll admit, I see why a lot of people can't take it. I have anxi ...more
Sandi
A series of depressing and twisted short stories that verge on, or, in the case of the short story "A Real Doll," sometimes dive head-long into magical realism. Emphasis on the "realism" because these stories have the dry, unfinished, unresolved, everyone-has-problems-and-that's-the-way-it-is outlook that Wes Anderson does well and so many other storytellers do so very poorly.

Unfortunately, I count this as on the "poor" side: any pleasure that comes from reading this book is either as admiratio
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Michelle
Having previously read and enjoyed Ms. Homes' memoir, The Mistress's Daughter, I had committed to reading the remainder of the author's oeuvre. Perhaps her name was mentioned one too many times on a "What's The Most Disturbing Thing You've Ever Read?" online discussion for me to resist. And this slim volume of short stories delivered the disturbance in a mighty big way.

Among my favorites were "Looking for Johnny" (about a child abductee who fails to pass muster with his captor) and "Esther in th
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Ben
Stories exploring the strangeness that lies just beneath the surface of things. The subject matter ranges from crack cocaine to kidnapping to childhood sex games and Homes handles it all with a frankness, a willingness to stare unblinkingly at the taboo, that makes the stories almost perversely readable. There’s a somberness to the collection; the strangeness emerges as a symptom of, or reaction against, the characters' feelings of alienation, desperation, or general unhappiness. And yet there i ...more
Estefanía
Pensé que The End Of Alice era un caso particular, pero qué gran hallazgo esta autora. La mente de A.M. Homes es retorcidísima en serio y lo maravilloso es lo bien que le sienta a su talento.
Bree Neely
Technically perfect, but holy crap this woman can write some depressing shit. Very unpleasant to read one story after the next that make you want to claw your eyes out and run screaming into the night.

As far as writing goes, however, she's amazing.
Shannon Adelaide
I love AM Homes' work, and this book of short stories is no different. A quick read, the first and the last stories are absolutely staggering. She manages to take the usual and show how there really is no such thing.
Elisha
I love A.M. Homes! The End Of Alice was great and was the first book I read by her. Safety Of Objects is now my second and I have to say I'll soon be diving into the rest of her books. Now onto how I feel about this collection of short stories. They're often bizarre and uneven. Some were really, really good while others fell flat. I still loved them all and loved the book. My favorite were probably the first about the crack smoking married couple and the last about the boy dating Barbie. I read ...more
Luci
very well written. so effectively depressing - i debated if i should take away a star because it made me feel so low. but it's so successful in creating that lonely, almost nasty suburbia.
Katrina
After I read This Book Will Save Your Life, I wanted to read everything A.M. Homes has written. I didn't like this as much, or even much. It reminded me of Ali Smith, and both of them were recommended to me in a list of Jeanette Winterson's favorite women authors, so that should not surprise. I haven't liked the Ali Smith I've read. One of these stories I remember seeing in a film version, which makes me think I've seen the whole movie with the same title as the book, but I don't remember any of ...more
Nico-jan van de Koot
Deze bundel uit 1990 is ok, twee verhalen zijn er echt goed(Chunky in Heat en A Real Doll) de rest is matig, maar de thema's die ze in "may we be forgiven" uitwerkt tot een roman zijn al wel aanwezig. Seksuele spanning op het randje van het sociaal aanvaardbare, schaamte, geweld, onderdrukt antisociaal gedrag en afgunst, maar ook liefde, verliefdheid en opofferingsgezindheid spelen in bijna elk verhaal wel een rol. Als promo hebben ze in dit boek het eerste hoofdstuk van "may we be forgiven" als ...more
Rebecca
"Elaine takes the boys to Florida and drops them off like they're dry cleaning..."
Catie
to be in love with a barbie doll. ah. childhood.
Sarah Schantz
I found this collection of short stories after I did a google search for books about suburbia. I bought it as part of the research I am doing for a book I've been trying to write for quite some time (I did not grow up in suburbia, nor did I ever even really go there aside from when I worked as a housecleaner in Minneapolis). It wasn't until a few stories in that I realized I'd seen the film adaptation that was made from some of the stories in this book. The Safety of Objects, as a movie failed i ...more
Raffaella Foresti
“Chi è questa lei che sembra avere una così tormentata propensione, una così strana inclinazione per la carne più fresca, da mettersi a raccontare una storia che indurrà qualcuno di voi a sorridere e ridere ma che farà bruciare altri dalla voglia di porre fine a questo incubo, a questo orrore? Chi è? Ciò che più vi sgomenterà è apprendere che costei siete voi o io, uno di noi. Sorpresa. Sorpresa. E forse vi chiederete chi sono io per intromettermi, per pormi come suo e vostro tramite. Mio è l’el ...more
Joe Krudys
The stories in The Safety of Objects involve either messed up people, people in the process of becoming messed up, or people doing messed up things. Actually, pretty much all of the stories involve all three.

I read this book as Music For Torching showed up as a Goodreads recommendation, and upon reading a few reviews, I saw that a lot of people absolutely hated the ending of the book, which naturally made me want to read it as soon as possible. I saw that the book was based on one of the short
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Becky Everhart
Jun 07, 2008 Becky Everhart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English majors
I watched the movie adaptation and became obsessed much in the way as when I first watched Donnie Darko. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book, and when I finally did, I was not disappointed overall. Although the book was written in 1990, few details seemed dated. Even then, things like the girls with big hair and the struggle to figure out what CD players are all about seem reminiscent to my own experiences if not totally relatable in my current life. Reading the book was like getting the ...more
Edward S. Portman
La sicurezza degli oggetti è una raccolta di racconti, tutti abbastanza brevi, molto diretti, che non si perdono in lunghe descrizioni o periodi pomposi, una prosa tranquilla e a tratti davvero scarna: bombe che finiscono di ticchettare un attimo prima dell’esplosione. Tutti i personaggi si muovo nello stesso mondo fatto di fantasie, di congetture, di azioni che non vengono fatte ma solo pensate, ipotizzate, e che si evolvono in piccole storie parallele che i protagonisti si divertono a leggere, ...more
Eliza Victoria
The American suburbia has always been much maligned. Think Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm, think The Stepford Wives, think Desperate Housewives. In suburbia, everything is perfect, and everyone is lonely – because of, despite of.

A.M. Homes’ short story collection The Safety of Objects, first published in 1990, uncovers the bizarre in places where everything is supposed to follow the rules. In “Looking for Johnny”, a man, possibly crazed, kidnaps a young boy and later on tells him that he is not the
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A.M. Homes (first name Amy) is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A: An Elaboration on the Novel the End of A ...more
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“I liked the fact she understood how we all have little secret habits that seem normal enough to us, but which we know better than to mention out loud.” 17 likes
“I’m trying to find some piece of myself that is truly me, a part that I would be willing to wear like a jewel around my neck.” 6 likes
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