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Unending Rooms

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The winner of the Hudson Prize, this collection of stories, mainly set in the Southwest, digs deep into the lives of its characters. Daniel Chacon’s writing is very lucid and dips into Carveresque plain talk at times, but he isn’t afraid to use pretty descriptions as well.

Daniel Chacon is author of Chicano Chicanery as well as various short stories and plays. His fiction h
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Paperback, 263 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Black Lawrence Press
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Michelle
Feb 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is a tough one for me to review. First of all, I don't usually read short stories. I don't know why. I guess I'm not sure how to read when they are in a book. Do I read them as individual stories? Do I read them as part of an overall theme for the book? I don't know. I read these stories over a period of about two months. Sometimes I read two or three in one night, sometimes just half of one. I'm usually done with a book within two weeks, so the cohesiveness of the stores got a little lost ...more
johnpaul jaramillo
May 10, 2012 johnpaul jaramillo rated it really liked it
Chacón’s book came at the right time for me as many of his stories in this fine collection involve fictive spaces—alternate realities of the mind and place we are awoken to and also spaces we find ourselves trapped. But also spaces we can escape. Chacón also writes: “Reading should be like entering different rooms of a house, creating walls that rise up around you and then dissolve into a mountain range or a tree on a hill” (230). These stories are well crafted and Borges-esque. I particularly e ...more
Bailey Robertson
Apr 16, 2011 Bailey Robertson rated it it was ok
I'm in his brother's class right now.

Turns out he stole "Mean Looks" from my teacher...not cool.
No respect for him anymore.


*update*

Finished the book. Not a wow-inducer. I'm probably biased because of the above information, but I found it a little trite and very...English 101. Every story seemed very formulaic.
Suzanne
Apr 13, 2009 Suzanne rated it really liked it
These stories have the taste of Borges and Cortazar, with a dash of hot chili sauce. While all of the fables are quite clever, I was most engaged by the ones in the first section, or the final story/epilogue, Epilogue: Borges and the Xican in (b flat). I intend to check out this writers' other books.
Electra
Favorite stories from this collection: The Gift & The City In Which He Imagined
Fabian
Oct 22, 2010 Fabian rated it it was ok
His best story is the 24th: "Borges and the Xican@"
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