Das Mädchen, das Feuer fing : Roman
Sure, the writing is fine and it even sparkles on occasion. There are enough strange things happening to catch anyone's interest, at least momentarily. The problem is a lack of depth. Every single story felt superficial to me, as if it was ...more
You're reading a novel about a single mother struggling to raise two kids in a backwoods town in Kentucky and you flip to the author info on the dust jacket...only to discover that the writer is a single mother raising two kids in a small town in Kentucky, and you say to yourself (or the person trying to sleep next to you), "HOW IS THIS EVEN FICTION?"
Well, that won't happen when you're reading THIS book. Unless Ms. Bender is the weirdest person who ever li ...more
The first story in The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, The Rememberer, is the most successful: it's about a woman whose partner is experiencing reverse evolution. From a man he slowly morphs first into an ape, and then into another lower form of life, a sea tu ...more
And so on and so forth. Every story has ...more
The reason why it didn't work so well for me is the fact that the symbolism is much more heavy-handed and clumsy, and the slight absurdity of magical realism feels less natural and smoothly blended in than it does in Aimee Bender's later work.
In short, it's an extremely engaging and quite unsettling little treat, written with Bender's usual sup ...more
Vederla seduta nell'auditorium al Festivalletteratura di Mantova sembra che il tempo per lei si sia fermato. Oggi ne ha quarantatre.
E' una Signora -inizialmente l'avevo presa per una ragazzina- dal viso aperto, allegra, serena e si direbbe del nostro sud e invece l'accento tradisce la sua provenienza californiana. Ma sempre di sud si tratta.
Gesticola, sorride. Alla domanda: "Ma a lei come vengono in mente le situazioni dei suoi racc ...more
The nameless "finding guy" made me cry:
"He lay in bed that night with the trees from other places rustling, and he could feel their confusion. No snow here. Not a lot of rain. Where am I? What is wrong with this dirt? Crossing his hands ...more
anyway, bender writes short, perfectly structured surreal first-person stories. well, mostly first person. sometimes third. there's a story about a man who wakes up with a hole going directly through his stomach, and then his wife becomes pregnant and gives birth to her own mother. but it's firs ...more
Aimee Bender likes the gimmick. Most of the stories in this collection revolve around one surreal characteristic or occurrence that could never exist in the real world and attempts to build a story around ...more
Bender's images, however, are ...more
The premises for these stories are undeniably bizarre. A lov ...more
My favorites were Call My Name, Marzipan, and The Ring. But truly, every story was wonderful. And the collection as a whole had this very technicolor, other-worldly feel, but it still felt real and tangible. I feel lik ...more
There were very strong stories mixed with "snappy, chic, in-your-face, over-the-top" stories that were about "pain" and "human ugliness" and such, but I saw a lot of flash and pop phrases in a forced surreal world. A woman giving birth to her mother. A librarian having sex with every man she sees out of grief. A woman in love with a man only because of his hunchback and leaves ...more
In these three stories the protagonists make an internal journey between their sexual conquests and quandaries, AND the author seems engaged enough in the story to develop the dark corners of the stories she flashes a light onto. For example ...more
"Books are the mirrors of the soul."
Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts
take Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa, especially the writing style and slight drips of metaphysicalness, spirituality, and imagery, slather it with Haruki Murakami; but don't over do it. Add a dash of Karen Russell (when she is on her game).... and you have this book.
these stories, while completely, definitely grounded in their ownness, are somehow linked. The linking is personal, and grounds the read, or at least i
I really enjoyed this collection. The author clearly has a vivid imagination and it shines here in all its glory. If you are able to suspend belief completely whilst reading a book, I urge you to pick this up. Completely crazy, ...more