Blood and Soap: Stories
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Blood and Soap: Stories

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Blood and Soap is a breakthrough collection of modern-day fables from a wildly inventive American writer whose fiction has been called "terse and edgy" (Booklist) and "vividly imagined" (Kirkus Reviews). Dinh's gift is for constructing, in the manner of Italo Calvino, simple narratives that quickly frame larger questions; with a poet's timing, the author builds his stories...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Seven Stories Press (first published May 1st 2004)
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Stephen Kirbach
Dinh examines the arbitrary instabilities in language and the subsequent absurdities related to acquiring more of that. Likewise, he pushes the absurdities resulting from concealing primal urges and uncontrollable thoughts beneath a socially acceptable veneer.
Jan 07, 2010 Elaine rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Blood and Soap is an unusual compilation of shorts/vignettes. If I had to make a comparison (though none would do justice to the book), I would say it is somewhat of a Hemingway, Tim O'Brien, and Julio Cortazar mixture. But one thing I don't understand is why there are some grammatical mistakes in this book. Is this on purpose? I feel like an idiot asking this question, but it kind of bothers me. Is Dinh trying to mimic the voice of a Vietnamese speaker by doing this?

That aside, my favorite sto...more
Mar 08, 2014 Sally added it
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The stories are quick as bullets, many of them more allegory than traditional-short-story per say. Despite the length, this isn't something you want to breeze through -- it's something a reader would want to examine in microscopic detail. The logic and flow of the words on the page is enough to mesmerize and startle -- the events and characters often surprising.

These aren't just run-of-the-mill quirky characters, these are storybook characters whose motivations are often mysterious, but fascina...more
It has been a slow stepping into current fiction for me. One reason is the sheer amount of classics I feel compelled to read. But more important is the fact that I get jealous some writer just had their book published and I didn't. But I am working on being more open and less dismissive and Linh Dinh's "Blood Soap" was a reason to keep fighting the good fight. The stories are short and feel weightless which, initially, threw me off. Luckily, it was also the reason I finished the book and only wh...more
Adam P.
So focused and organized and exciting. Eerily personal at its most outlandish, yet weird and visceral at its most heart-felt. Dinh's "One-Sentence Stories" will blow you away, guaranteed, or your money back. Not really, but the book is really good
Jun 29, 2007 terry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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this is one of my favorite books. how the english language is used and manipulated is so brilliant. READ THIS BOOK! if you dont have it, i will get it for your birthday!!!
This is a great book of short short fiction. Sometimes they appear to be prose poems, but I think that's up to the author to decide.

Very entertaining.
Scott Little
Mar 24, 2008 Scott Little rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Scott by: Found meself
Good read in the hot desert in the middle of nowhere. Weird and wonderful. Reminds me a lot of Keret. We are all strangers and all lands are strage.
Anne Le
A master of the microstory, Dinh amazes me with his Hemingwayesque tersity and Borgesian metanarratives.
Ben Bush
If you want compact Borgesian meta-fiction, Linh Dinh is about the best gig in town.
Feb 02, 2008 Cat added it
Beautiful, minimalist prose, that can be so sad and funny all at the same time.
Nov 28, 2007 Dustin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone immediately
There's no way to describe Linh Dinh except the word "awesome".
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