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White Mule (The Stecher Trilogy #1)

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Paperback, 291 pages
Published January 1st 1967 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1937)
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After five days of rain this was one of those cool moist mornings in May when the country calls to the instincts with a voice of leaves and of flowers. Joe knew he was a working man, he had to be, that's all he asked them to expect of him. But very deep inside him moved another man- under water, under earth- among the worms and fishes, among the plant roots- an impalpable atmosphere through which he strode freely without necessity for food or drink, without breathing and with unthrobbing heart.
Jul 02, 2014 Mat rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. I'm starting to agree with Charles Olson - William Carlos Williams is one fine prose writer, perhaps better at prose than at poetry.

White Mule is the first instalment in the Stecher Trilogy, a story which centres around the daily life of the Stechers, Norwegian immigrants living in New York City. First there is the father Joe Stecher who runs a small press and who has to keep a tight watch on things at work. He seems like a fairly typical working man, putting his job ahead of everyth
Jan 28, 2009 Carl added it
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Plain and mundane, but, like Williams's poetry, there's a heart in there even if the muscles move with tectonic slowness and simplicity. This strikes me as a book I'd enjoy more as I get older.
Mills College Library
Fiction W7286w 1967
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The birth of a baby opens the novel, and the language is stark and blunt, almost forbidding in its tenderness when describing the child’s afflictions, as if there is imminent calamity. It’s a peculiarly positioned portrait of the family around this baby, Flossie, whose life seems to be in the balance in its first six months. Young immigrants from Europe in New York City in the early 20th century, Joe and Gurlie Stecher are people on the move. Joe is a printer, proud of his work and Gurlie is eag ...more
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William Carlos Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician," wrote biographer Linda Wagner-Martin. During his long lifetime, Williams excelled both as a poet and a physician.

Although his primary occupation was as a doctor, Will
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The Stecher Trilogy (3 books)
  • In the Money
  • The Build-Up

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