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Mourner at the Door

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published March 30th 1988 by Viking
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Brent Legault
Apr 03, 2010 Brent Legault rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of beautiful mutants that would not live long in the wild but, tamed between two covers, would make a nice addition to any literary zoo.
Paul
Aug 12, 2011 Paul rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
Holy, holy, holy lord. This was flat-out horrible. I'll read some of Lish's other, earlier work before making too harsh a judgement against him as a writer overall (though as a Carver fan I'll admit to a bias), but this collection was laughably bad. At its most concrete (meaning its least abstract or metaphorical (I'm assuming the story about a married couple whose primary activity together is frequent vomiting is a metaphor for . . . something)) these stories resemble the silly childishness of ...more
Robb Todd
Some good stories, some not so good -- he would tell you that himself if you asked. Gordon Lish's legacy is as an editor and teacher, although I think his writing will not get due credit until long after he's dead. Whatever. If you read this book, read the stories aloud. They are better that way.
Clark
Aug 21, 2012 Clark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-ups
I still had a couple of stories to finish in this but my roommate's dog tore it apart before I got around to it. I didn't really care either way. Though from both Lish and the dog I expected better.
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Gordon Jay Lish is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Richard Ford.
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