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Call Me Ahab: A Short Story Collection

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Imagine a Hollywood encounter between Helen Keller and Frida Kahlo, “two female icons of disability.” Or the story of “Moby Dick, or, The Leg,” told from Ahab’s perspective. What if Vincent Van Gogh resided in a twentieth-century New York hotel, surviving on food stamps and direct communications with God? Or if the dwarf pictured in a seventeenth-century painting by Velazq ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Bison Books
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Anne Finger’s award-winning Call Me Ahab showcases a plethora of historical and literary characters—each of whom is in some way disabled—and imagines new scenarios for their lives. It’s an exciting concept and while several of the stories in the nine-story collection left me cold, Finger is to be lauded for her originality.

Her talent is particularly vivid in "Vincent." Here, Finger brings Vincent Van Gogh into the late 20th century. Instead of brother Theo endlessly supporting his deranged, if t
Terrible. It is obvious that Finger is not writing the kind of stories that she would like to read herself. She goes on and on, never varying the length of her marathon-length sentences which have almost nothing to do with the subject they began speaking about. She also has a large sexual axe she needs to grind and, for whatever reason, refuses to do so in her stories except in a few select scenes which, given their quality, are much more her element.

1st star for getting this thing published and
Mills College Library
Fiction F497c 2009
I didn't finish all the short stories b/c there was a waiting list and I couldn't renew the book. It was very academic and called on a knowlegde of history and literature. I was really using parts of my brain that hadn't been awakened since undergrad. That is one reason that I liked it, but I did put it aside for "The Glass Castle." Obviously I'm not trying THAT hard.
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There's a reason why this book has been long-listed for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award 2010 [ ].

Find my brief review of this book is at the first week of May 2010. (May is Short Story Month.)
Short stories based on classics. Well researched and written.
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