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The Nick Adams Stories
4.07
Uneven. About half of the 24 stories in this collection are successful. Hemingway's prose (form) only fits certain topics (content). For example, it w ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
 
Slow Learner: Early Stories
3.47
Very interesting stuff. I'm a bit surprised Pynchon even published this; one would think that if he were really as embarrassed as he professes to be i ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.10
Much, much better than Unaccustomed Earth. But, she just can't write! I was relieved that these stories aren't as bloated (but by no means compact), a ...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Ficciones
4.48
One of the best books I've ever read. A jewel. If you ever need a jolt of creativity, put on some JS Bach and read Borges for a few minutes. And have ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
 
The Best American Short Stories 2006
3.72
I know a lot of people have already said this, but the introduction and front material was the best part of the book. That's not supposed to happen... ...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
The Complete Short Stories Of Marcel Proust
3.74
Uneven, but evidence, no less, of genius. I can't believe he finished this by the time he was 21. I certainly wasn't writing like this then--I still c ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
Brazilian Tales
3.92
I picked up this little collection because it has three stories by Machado de Assis ("Life," "The Fortune Teller," and "The Attendant's Confession,"), ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 01, 2010
 
Mogens and Other Stories
4.02
Read it because of Rilke's recommendation in Letters to a Young Poet. If it's good enough for Rilke, it's good enough for me.

"Mogens" is a rambling no
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May 27, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
 
Nine Stories
4.19
Amazing. Some of the best short stories I've ever read are in here. I'm almost tempted to say that Salinger is a better short story writer than noveli ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Sep 15, 2009
 
The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches
3.53
+JMJ

A gift from the beautiful and beloved J.G.

I'm sorry to say this, but this is just bad work. Most of the pieces in this book are sketches, not stor
...more
Oct 09, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Unaccustomed Earth
4.10
Awful. Sentimental. Boring. Like listening to your girlfriend tell stories for 300 pages--SLOW. You sit and ask yourself why you care about this story ...more
Feb 07, 2010
Oct 08, 2009
 
Drown
4.03
Very powerful, nearly a masterpiece. Diaz has a remarkable ability with poetic language ["my pockets hung open, looking like tongues;" "her voice was ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Feb 27, 2009
 
Dubliners
3.85
What a masterpiece. And written by a guy in his early twenties. Unbelievable.

This collection has meant a lot to me since I first came across it as a t
...more
Oct 06, 2010
Oct 01, 2010
 
Illustrated Three-Line Novels: Felix Feneon
3.83
I ordered what I thought was the complete 1,220 nouvelles, but this showed up instead. No harm done, though; these 28 illustrated nouvelles are deligh ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories
4.27
Incredible. The best collection of short stories I've ever read. Every single story is great. This makes me all the sadder that she died at age 38: sh ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
Exile and the Kingdom
3.87
Very impressive; perhaps his best writing. If you speak French, read it in French. I didn't understand the ending to "Artist" until I read about it. T ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
 
The Body of This
3.94
Andrew McNabb is a unique writer. That said, it is a shame that more people are not doing what he is doing: contemporary literary fiction informed by ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
Kafka Selected Stories
4.14
Good translations by Johnston.

Some of the best stories ever written are in here: "A Hunger Artist," "In the Penal Colony," "Before the Law," the hilar
...more
Oct 02, 2010
Oct 01, 2010
 
Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters
4.25
Hilarious.
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Jan 24, 2010
 
The Early Stories
4.15
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Mar 05, 2009
 
The Complete Stories
4.34
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Feb 16, 2015
Sep 16, 2009
 
Mark Twain's Best
3.75
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Sports Best Short Stories
2.00
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Dec 15, 2008
 
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
4.26
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Dec 15, 2008
 
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
3.98
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Dec 15, 2008
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