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With The World Is the Home of Love and Death, Harold Brodkey completes the extraordinary literary voyage that began with the publication of his first short story in The New Yorker in 1952. During the past four decades, Brodkey established himself as a modern master of short fiction. In The World Is the Home of Love and Death, Brodkey returns to themes he has treated so mem ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Picador (first published 1997)
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Grady
Stories by the Inimitable Harold Brodkey

Harold Brodkey seemed to affect readers by creating a spectrum beginning with those who fell under his spell and these who felt his work was overrated and too difficult to understand. Now some 15 years after his death in some of his lesser known books, like this collection of short stories THE WORLD IS THE HOME OF LOVE AND DEATH, his gifts as a writer are being more widely appreciated. Long considered one of the more powerful writer of short stories, this
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Kristianne
Brodkey is all about characterization. He spend many of these stories on a single conversation, creating palpable personalities. You know these people better than your own family. Most of the stories follow the lives of Wiley and his adopted parents, but each of them can stand alone. You'll get a sense for each character no matter which story you drop in to.
Here is a great sample of Brodkey's language:
from "Car Buying"
"But he is mad--foolish--and he finds the best transitions to be mad ones, as
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Chris Marquette
Brodkey began with relatively traditional, extremely well-crafted stories with his first book. His second was more experimental, and yet very effective and often moving. This third collection becomes tedious, largely because of excessive toying with the form. I was disappointed with this volume, having loved the earlier two. Having said this, there were redeeming moments, and the story "Spring Fugue" was by far the best in the collection.
Andrew
Oct 27, 2008 Andrew rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nabokov fans
Recommended to Andrew by: Jeffery Eugenides (via podcast)
Wonderful short stories. Concise. Evocative. "Spring Fugue" is the best of the bunch.
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Harold Brodkey was born into a Mid-Western Jewish family, moving to New York and coming to prominence as a writer in the early 1950s. During the following four decades, he established himself as a modern master of short fiction. He contracted the AIDS virus and died in 1996. Some of his books were published posthumously.
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