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I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project

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When Paul Auster and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered introduced the National Story Project, the response was overwhelming. Not only was the monthly show a critical success, but the volume of submissions was astounding. Letters, e-mails, and faxes poured in on a daily basis--more than 4,000 of them by the time the project celebrated its first birthday. Everyone, it seem ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 416 pages
Published September 13th 2001 by Henry Holt and Company (first published September 1st 2001)
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Paul Bryant
In 2003 I bought a copy of True Tales of American Life, edited and introduced by Paul Auster. The copy was second hand and was inscribed on the title page

To Fluffykins Bunny

Love from the Rabbit with Medium Sized ears

xxx


I wondered who these creeps were. I tried reading the book and got bogged down around page 50 because it turned out that the true tales were all two pages long and relating wildly improbably co-incidences to which the only possible reaction was "oh yeah? you don't say so" with one
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Alice
Feb 26, 2008 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book to read before bed, because you can read it in tiny chunks, but it's also the worst book to read before bed, because you think, "just one more tiny chunk! Look how tiny!" and then you've read 30 more and it's 2 a.m.

I love this book. It's hard to believe that there are so many magical moments occurring in people's lives, but hell, I want to believe it.
Marco Tamborrino
"Non so cosa sia più straziante: il dolore manifestato apertamente o quello sopportato di nascosto per non affliggere coloro che amiamo. Ma so che quella sera nel seminterrato ci stringemmo l'uno all'altra e sfogammo tutta l'infelicità che ci aveva condotti ai nostri segreti e solitari muri del pianto. E da allora non abbiamo mai più sentito il bisogno di piangere da soli."

Quando Paul Auster lanciò questo progetto, chiese solo due cose agli americani: che le loro storie fossero vere e brevi. E
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Zeinab
Jun 02, 2014 Zeinab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب را بیش تر برای آشنا شدن با فرهنگ و زندگی آمریکایی ها خریدم و خواندم، و کم و بیش هم به هدفم رسیدم. جالب است که بدانی چه اتّفاقاتی را در زندگی شان جالب و مهم می دانند. این خودش راهی برای شناختن شان است.

__ مثلاً اگر این کتاب در مورد ایرانیان بود، احتمالاً بخش بزرگی از آن به کرامات امامان و امام زاده ها مربوط می شد؛ بخشی به مسائل اقتصادی ای که زندگی ای را دگرگون کرده اند، و.. . اگر کتاب های مشابهی برای دیگر ملّت ها وجود داشت، مقایسه آن کتاب ها با هم کار جالبی می شد. __

کتاب، به نظرم بیش تر نقاط
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María Paz Greene
Jul 24, 2016 María Paz Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav, autobio
AMO a este libro. No es realmente de Paul Auster, sino que es sobre anécdotas reales que él recopiló a través de un programa de radio. Yo no he leído cosas todavía suyas, así que no puedo decir mucho de su habilidad como autor, pero igual se nota que hubo una mano literata que arregló los relatos porque SON TODOS INCREÍBLES, así que bien por Auster que puede ser un escritor fantasma cuando se le pide. O su pluma es buena, o las historias son buenas. Probablemente las dos, y así el libro FUNCIONA ...more
Alan
May 22, 2007 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Collected stories from a show Auster ran on NPR. Real folks telling real stories with an extraordinary twist, these were the only qualifications. Lends narrative credence to the fact that people are endlessly varied and endlessly fascinating. Highly highly recommended.
York
Aug 05, 2013 York rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es casi un poemario, y como tal exige que su lectura sea lenta y gradual, a su ritmo, por más que uno quiera atascarse y terminarlo en dos días, que bien podría hacerse por el ritmo de cada historia.

Después de leer este compendio, con sus altas y sus bajas, uno termina sintiendo que toda la historia y secretos de la literatura contemporánea bien podrían esconderse entre las páginas de esta recopilación. Organizados por temas, Creía que mi Padre era Dios reúne muchas anécdotas, con una
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Suko
Sep 08, 2011 Suko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of true stories submitted by NPR listeners. Many of them are stranger-than-fiction episodes (which Paul Auster obviously has a penchant for) and make for a good bedtime read.

There were a handful of stories that left an impression deep enough to make me want to jot down the story synopsis, but apparently not deep enough for me to remember when I failed to actually write them down :p Except for one. There was this story, towards the very end of the book, about a woman in her 60s who wh
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Amy
Jun 15, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology isn't a well-culled sampling of the finest writing in America, but it never makes itself out to be -- and therein lies its charm. This collection of personal narratives sent in to NPR's National Story Project offers a cross-section of contemporary life experiences -- ranging from war stories and childhood memories to lovesick missives and tales of woe. But what all of the stories have in common is a sincerity that even professional writers often miss, and for that alone I enjoyed ...more
Kimberly
This is a very intriguing volume containing 180 true stories submitted by radio listeners for NPR's National Story Project. I love the idea of the book, which is organized by grouping stories according to the following themes: animals, objects, families, slapstick, strangers, war, love, death, dreams, and meditations. Some of the stories are masterfully written, some less so. The stories are so short that if one doesn't hold appeal, the next is just a page or two away.
Clara
Jul 27, 2015 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relato-breve
Increíble.
Summer
Sep 27, 2008 Summer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone looking for something light
Recommended to Summer by: Dan @ KUER
This is a good book to take to the doctor's office and read while you're waiting. Lots of very short bits from NPR's National Story Project. Pleasant light read, but didn't change my life.
Razieh mehdizadeh
پل استر برای من از کانادا شروع شد. توی هتل نشسته بودیم،سر میز صبحانه که یک خانوم و آقای استاد دانشگاه و یک خانوم گالری دار آرتیست گون هم به ما پیوستند. بعد حرف زدیم و من از ”موخوره“ برایشان تعرفی کردم. گفتم مجموعه داستان کوتاه است و دوباره نگاه کردن به چیزهای ساده و کوچک... اما اراستش بیشتر از آن چیزی نداشتم که بگویم. مثلا نمی توانستم داستان چوب کبریت ها و سیمرغ و داستان ماهی قرمز را برایشان تعریف کنم به عنوان نمونه...
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اما ان ها دوست داشتند بیشتر بدانند و هی حالت های مختلف نوشتن و سبک های گوناگو
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James Stephenson
A superb collection of stories from 'ordinary folk', not remarkable so much for the stories themselves as for the voices, the themes and the sweeping portraite of generations of Americans. Across the enormous distances of the USA and from world war 2 vets to the young of the 21st century, the unity and diversity of experiences is powerful to read. Auster's introduction, a model of prefatory essay writing, says this all better than I can of course, and we can see his love of conincidence through ...more
Tracey
Nov 27, 2007 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libraryread
A review on the LiveJournal community 50BookChallenge review of I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project spurred me to check this out from the library.

It's a collection of 179 pieces written by men and women from all over the United States - all races, genders, walks of life, beliefs and ages. The book is broken down into ten categories: Animals, Objects, Families, Slapstick, Strangers, War, Love, Death, Dreams, Meditations. Most pieces are only a page
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David Grimaud
Jul 30, 2011 David Grimaud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the audio verison of this book while browsing a "book sale" on Christmas Eve. I noticed it was edited and read by Paul Auster, a favorite author of mine. It is a collection of true stories from NPR's National Story Project. Most of the stories are brief, under four minutes in length, but a couple are about fifteen minutes. The topics are: animals, objects, families, strangers, war, love, death, dreams, and meditations. Though these topics may sound dull, the stories are the best few from ...more
pierlapo  quimby
May 21, 2012 pierlapo quimby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglofoni
Qua dentro ci sono almeno una dozzina, non voglio esagerare perciò dico solo una dozzina, di raccontini, fattarelli, cronachette, memorialucci, che da soli basterebbero a far arrossire di vergogna, causa manifesta inadeguatezza artistica, buona parte dei cosiddetti scrittori minimalisti degli ultimi decenni.
Cátia
Não pensei que fosse uma antologia. Mas fui lendo este livro de histórias verdadeiras contadas por muitos americanos a pretexto de um programa de rádio, com temas diversos (amor, morte, guerra, sonhos...) e, no seu geral, gostei. Há de tudo neste livro, desde histórias incríveis a outras pouco interessantes.
Debbie
Apr 13, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am generally not a huge fan of short stories, particularly collections by different authors. However, I loved this book. It is all very short stories, supposedly true, told by real people. They cover a wide range of emotions and there were only a couple that I didn't enjoy. I'd highly recommend this book.
Maysam
May 21, 2015 Maysam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتابی بود که با تردید خریدمش. شنیده بودم داستان کوتاهه. الان فکر می کنم کاش زودتر خریده بودمش.فوق العادس، این که می بینی زندگی بعضی وقت ها چقدر ساده و بعضی وقت ها چقدر پیچیس.لذتی که کتابای استر به ادم میده با هیچی عوض نمیکنم.
Cyn Morales
Mar 28, 2015 Cyn Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es un gran compañero para antes de dormir, tantas historias tan sorprendentes pero al mismo tiempo, cotidianas. Ahí radica todo su encanto. Mi sección favorita fue la de Objetos.

“Nunca he sido perfecto, pero soy real"
Kathy
Mar 20, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The charm of this book was in how real it was. Just real stories from real people, courtesy of NPR. I think everyone has at least one story that is a really good one and here is a collection of just that. I was moved to tears several times and was just sucked in story after story.
Christy
This was a great collection of stories. I had read a few before but this time I went cover to cover. There are some real gems in here; also some I'd never read again. My favorite is the second to last.
Fraggle
Lo disfruté mucho. Muchas de las historias son fantásticas y tiernas y muchas otras me dieron la sensación de echarle demasiada crema a los tacos pero, resultó una lectura muy fluida y agradable.
Carol
Jan 04, 2008 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: phil miller
Amazing how many different experiences can be captured in these short selections. I found them exceedingly rich and could not read them all at once.
Ahmad Sharabiani
I Thought My Father Was God and Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project, Paul Auster
مجموعهای از 180 داستان کوتاه واقعی
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Gilda Rosa
Jan 29, 2015 Gilda Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it hard to believe, sometimes.
Farnaz Ps
با توجه به اینکه داستانها نوشته افراد عادی هستند نوع نگاهها و بعضا داستانپردازیها جالب توجه هستند
Paulina Merú
Jan 09, 2017 Paulina Merú rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hermoso y sencillo.
Ray
Mar 07, 2017 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Human stories written plainly with heart and honesty
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