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Playboy Stories: The Best of Forty Years of Short Fiction

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This extraordinary anthology includes 41 outstanding stories from Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud, Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Tom McGuane, Ursula Le Guin, T. Corraghessan Boyle, and others--a superb sampling of this century's most accomplished practitioners of the storytelling art.
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Dutton Books
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J. Joan
Aug 03, 2011 J. Joan rated it liked it
I read MOST of the short stories, but not all. It was an interesting collection, one from each year over the 40 years since Playboy started publishing original works, featuring famous authors like Roald Dahl, Nabokov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, etc. Some were blatantly about sexual experiences, but most were just interesting short stories capturing intense moments in time. It's an interesting read, and teaches a lot about history too, as you read what's acceptable or not for Playboy reading through ...more
Drew Weatherton
I listened to this for the Michael Crichton short story, which was good. I was pleased to find several other interesting short stories as well, including an extra chapter to Catch 22 that the author originally intended to include in that book.
Josh Shelton
Jan 10, 2012 Josh Shelton rated it it was amazing
Lots of big names and a wide range of styles. Hints of the sexism you'd expect from the times... plus a little extra- no big surprise considering the nature of the publication. Sadly, no pictures.
Aug 15, 2008 Ademption rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
The five stars are based squarely on Bernard Malamud's "Naked Nude," John Updike's "I am dying, Egypt, dying", and Charles Beaumont's "Black Country." The rest of the book was a solid four stars.
John Devlin
Apr 14, 2007 John Devlin rated it really liked it
Many highly memorable stories written with the razor edge of Playboy for its testerone filled readers.
May 19, 2013 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't really care for these stories, even though this was highly recommended to me.
Hyo Jung
Apr 09, 2012 Hyo Jung rated it really liked it
Brilliant short stories! It still works for creators.
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