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The Art of Living and Other Stories

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An inspired book of short stories that explores the profound relationship between life and art
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While mourning the loss of his son in the Vietnam War, an Italian chef reflects on the importance of art for future generations. An American boy retreats inward after he kills his younger brother in a farming accident, finding solace in classical music and a friendship
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Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published July 12th 1983 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Laurel
Jan 19, 2010 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a re-read for me. Haven't read Gardner for a few decades and I'm looking forward to it.

And it was everything and more than I remembered. My favorites were "The Joy of the Just," "Vlemk the Box-Painter" (what a fabulous fairy tale), and "The Art of Living."

Gardner's characters come alive for the reader and you can almost "feel" what they feel.
Matt Gaither
Nov 22, 2012 Matt Gaither rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of my favs are in this collection. "Redemption" is a great story, and "Vlemk the Box Painter" is another awesome fairy-tale-but-serious novella. I also remember "The Joy of the Just" reading very much like Flannery O'Connor.
Veronica
Jun 20, 2009 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My favorite short story collection. Each one offers a different insight into the nature of life and art. Reading it dramatically altered my view on both.
Brandon
Jun 30, 2008 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gardner's stories are as good as his novels. Some really good ones here--"Vlemk the Box-Painter" is the real treasure in this collection.
Dan
Oct 12, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
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Why have I never heard of John Gardner before this book? Must find more by him.
Okdavy
Apr 13, 2013 Okdavy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my favorite story in this collection is Vlemk the Box Painter.
Julie
Aug 01, 2007 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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march 2002 (amy's pick) - redemption
Aaron
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Imperial Dog... yikes!
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John Champlin Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist and university professor, best known for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth.

Gardner was born in Batavia, New York. His father was a lay preacher and dairy farmer, and his mother taught English at a local school. Both parents were fond of Shakespeare and often recited literature together. As a child, Gardner
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