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A collection of stories by a master of deadpan wit and magical mockery.
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published 1976 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Feb 02, 2015 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
I have searched high and low for you. Who knew your name would be Donald? That's my Great Uncle's name, and that guy's a prick and a zealot and verbose, to boot. You are none of those things. You are just my new storyboyfriend, and I'm going to read all of you, everywhere, always. How can you be so sly and succinct, like an axe chopping a block of word, ricocheting stinky, steamy mulch-chips to warm our sad, slovenly wittle pea bwains? I'm going to collect it all in my push-pail, dump it out on ...more
Brian
Aug 16, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing
Amateurs is for professionals, those readers of fiction short that are okay to lose a filling or two biting into a pomo offering that titillates irritates while you masticate.
Ahmad Sharabiani
322. Amateurs, Donald Barthelme
(آماتورها - ریچارد بارتلمی (کلاغ سفید
Sara
Apr 21, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیلی کوتاه در مورد این کتاب می نویسم.کتاب مجموعه ایی از داستان های کوتاه ست،سبک کتاب پست مدرنه و اینکه بابت هر داستان کلی باید فکر کرد.نویسنده از نمادها برای نوشتن داستان هاش استفاده کرده،وقتی کتاب رو میخونی حس می کنی که تک تک کلمات رمزگذاری شده و باید تمام کدها و رمزها گشوده بشن تا داستان مفهومش رو پیدا کنه.
من کتاب رو دوست داشتم چون باعث میشد فکر بکنم. البته شاید نیاز باشه چند بار خونده بشه...
Jen
Feb 03, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: silver-shelf, lit-fic
It was a Green Eggs and Ham scenario that brought me to Barthelme. My man discovered him and brought him home, laughing out loud while reading his words, taunting me with his cackling. When I didn't respond, he began pestering me about trying it. He read me snippets of Barthelme in a car, lines in a bed, phrases on a chair...finally, I gave in, tried it and found that I liked it.

Barthelme's stories are a blend of the bizarre and absurd, but in some strange way he often manages to make them ju
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Deanne
Mar 14, 2013 Deanne rated it liked it
A collection of very short stories, some are very good, intelligent and witty. Some stories aren't as good but these are few.
A strange choice for the 1001 list have to admit, and did wonder why it was included.
Marie
Jul 03, 2015 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
داستان بعضی از ما دوستمان کلبی را تهدید می کردیم عالی بود
Lucas Miller
Jan 03, 2008 Lucas Miller rated it really liked it
surreal short stories. i like them when i don't get lost.
wally
Aug 06, 2012 wally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: barthelme
another from barthelme...i dunno what # this one is...3? 4? 5?...looks to be 21 stories...possibly from 1970 through 1976...some appeared in the atlantic monthly...is there still an atlantic monthly?...some in harper's magazine...is there still a harper's magazine?....and some in the new yorker...is there?...i think could be...

dedicated to grace paley

i think she played center for the harlem globetrotters...her and meadowlark

1st story: our work and why we do it
as admirable volume after admirable
...more
Eric Cartier
Oct 04, 2010 Eric Cartier rated it really liked it
Borrowing this from the Austin Public Library, I assumed I'd enjoy it and jot down in my journal the passages that struck me. It's a collection I wish I had purchased for my own library, though, because some of Barthelme's short-short stories I've most enjoyed are contained within it. "What To Do Next," "The Educational Experience" and "At the End of the Mechanical Age" are highlights. How cool is it that every one of them appeared in print in popular magazines in the 1970s? I guess it's a ...more
Kristel
Amateurs is a collection of short stories written during the seventies. The 1001 Book describes them as “absurdist morality tales” and that fits. Barthelme plays with words and at times I thought “what is this?”, it read like a bunch of ideas dropped in a free association that the author could go back to later and create a story. Others actually had more of a story line. Some were interesting, some were confusing. Here are some titles from some of the more interesting ones;
120 West Sixty-first
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Eadie
This book is a collection of stories by a master of deadpan wit and magical mockery. I do believe that Donald Barthelme was an excellent writer according to his qualifications, but I did not like this book at all. It made no sense to me. I kept reading hoping that soon I would understand the meaning of the book. There was no traditional plot structures, relying instead on a steady accumulation of seemingly-unrelated detail. He has been described as "the most influential unread author in United ...more
Pooriya
Jul 01, 2012 Pooriya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
عشق واقعی تو یه جای دیگه‌ست، و همیشه هم یه جای دیگه خواهد بود. می‌دونم دلگیرکننده‌ست، این مانور (اون پیرهن‌شو تو کمد تو آویزون کرده و حالا باید پسش بدی) ولی زندگی تو مهمتر از هرکدوم از این ائتلاف‌های گذرایی‌یه که کسی در اختیارت می‌ذاره تا باهاش بخوابی، آره، اما از اون طرف هم کلی لبخند زدن از تو طلب می‌کنه –لبخندهایی که نمی‌تونی همین‌جوری هدرشون بدی اگه بخوای مطیعانه و با لبخند به استقبال خواسته‌های به‌حق دستورالعمل بری. بفرما! مشکل حلّه. دستش رو بگیر، در حال گریه، از دم‌کمد، لباس سبزی که اصلا ...more
Tarah Luke
Mar 06, 2016 Tarah Luke rated it liked it
#1001books #778left

Short stories made this a fast read. Not all of the stories worked, but there were a few that I really liked--"Some of Us Had Been Threatening" and "Porcupines at the University" stand out to me, but I also enjoyed "The Educational Experience," "The Reference," and "The New Member," except the ending, which was too absurd for me. Overall, a little uneven, but that's what happens sometimes with short story collections.
Danny
Sep 03, 2013 Danny rated it really liked it
20 short mostly bizarre short stories.

The stories which i liked the most were 110 west sixty first street,the school,i bought a little city,our friend Colby, and well come to think about it they were all interesting stories. You just have to have faith with these and dive right it. You don't ask questions when reading these just enjoy them in all their absurdity.
Jason
Jul 10, 2008 Jason added it
"The Great Hug" is in here. Royce Union set the first part of the story to music and highligted in such a great way an aspect of Barthelme's voice that I identified with and wanted to read more of and maybe write more of. It was exciting hearing and finding out it was from his story. I was hooked. I've read just about everything he's written.
Book Wormy
May 21, 2015 Book Wormy rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-read
Amateurs Donald Barthelme


This is a collection of short stories which covers the full range or bizzare, boring, funny and interesting.

I found the earlier stories in the collection to be not as good as the later stories

My favourites were;

Some of us had been threatening our friend Colby
The Captured Woman
Porcupines at the University
The New Member

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Grant Reynolds
Apr 19, 2016 Grant Reynolds rated it really liked it
Why Barthelme isn't remembered as well as his peers is beyond me. This collection includes I Bought a Little City, which is tremendous. The rest of the stories are strong and while it's not my favorite collection of his, it's still excellent.
Jonpaul
When I dislike the stories, I really dislike the stories. But when I love them, like "I Bought A Little City", I love them as much as or more than anything I've ever read.
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Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania. The family moved to Texas two years later, where Barthelme's father would become a professor of architecture at the University of Houston, where Barthelme would later major in journalism. In 1951, still a student, he wrote his first articles for the Houston Post. Barthelme was drafted into the Korean War in 1953, arriving ...more
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