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The Collected Stories Of Grace Paley by Grace Paley
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Apr 30, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: never-finished
Read from April 28 to 30, 2012

I really wanted to like this. I got it sent across an ocean just so I could teach one of the stories in a class of mine. However, the story that I knew and loved was the only one that I found even readable, except for a few of the shortest 2-4 page stories. I am being literal, I could not finish the majority of even these SHORT stories. Her use of language is so bizarre, so simply not English. Occasional quirks show a window into another perspective, but these constant verbal inventions literally impede basic communication from story-teller to reader. People more in the know than I have given her heaps of praise, but I can't justify it.

And, for a "collected stories", it was missing a story of hers that I had heard being read on the radio.
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