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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

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First published in 1962, a year after Revolutionary Road, this sublime collection of stories seems even more powerful today. Out of the lives of Manhattan office workers, a cab driver seeking immortality, frustrated would-be novelists, suburban men and their yearning, neglected women, Richard Yates creates a haunting mosaic of the 1950s, the era when the American dream was ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published 2008 by Vintage Classics (first published 1962)
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Glenn Russell
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


There are eleven short stories in this collection published as part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series. Since there are many other reviews either synopsizing or speaking to all eleven, in the spirit of freshness and what I hope is a unique way to share some of Richard Yates’ first-rate fiction, I will confine my review to one story I have always found incredibly insightful, a story about a man fired from his office job. Coincidentally, there are eleven markers or movements, eleven near-p
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Algernon
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again


Books about loneliness are often disturbing, depressing, sad, yet I find myself coming back to their silence and their closely shuttered windows (Hrabal, McCullers, Ebenezer le Page, Tarjei Vesaas, Charles Frazier - to name only a few recent lectures), like a glutton for punishment, as if I didn’t know already all there is to know about loneliness from my own past experiences. It may be because they are in their way more honest than
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Claudia
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Größe eines Menschen liegt in der Menschlichkeit, nicht in der Vortrefflichkeit (English Review follows)

Yates hat es einmal so formuliert: "Wenn meine Arbeit ein Thema hat, ist es vermutlich ein einfaches: dass die Menschen unentrinnbar allein sind, und darin liegt ihre Tragödie.
Je älter Yates wurde, umso mehr litt er selbst unter dieser Einsamkeit.

Zu den Geschichten. Mir hat "Alles, alles Gute" und "Baumeister " am besten gefallen. Auf diese möchte ich hier kurz eingehen.
In "Alles, alles G
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Cosimo
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una voce inimitabile narra con energia e grazia la disperazione e l'emarginazione, la ribellione e la gioia. L'imperfezione dello stile si nutre di infinito talento e con sguardo penetrante attraversa la trasparenza e le lacrime, per giungere a un grado assoluto di tragica onestà e volontaria fatalità. I racconti di Yates, singolari in maniera irriducibile, costruiscono l'intimità con il lettore nel reciproco inganno che duplica piano biografico e letterario, mescola progetti inesistenti con ant ...more
Glenn Sumi
More like: Eleven Kinds Of Brilliance

What can I say? Each story in this book is a gem.

Richard Yates is best known for his debut 1961 novel Revolutionary Road, but his influence on decades of short story writers (especially those working in realism, like Tobias Wolff and Raymond Carver) is obvious.

The themes in these stories, published in magazines before RR but collected in book form and released the year after (1962), are timeless: ordinary people dissatisfied with relationships, family or wo
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 amapola
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un magone, anche se bellissimo, è pur sempre un magone

11 racconti bellissimi, li hanno commentati egregiamente in tanti, non ho parole nuove per lodarli come meritano. So che probabilmente sto commettendo un’ingiustizia: ci ho provato, giuro che ci ho provato a dare le cinque stelle a questo libro, ma non ci riesco, è più forte di me.
Mi perdoni Mister Yates se al suo più che comprensibile pessimismo io mi ostino a preferire uomini così:

https://youtu.be/NO3Z26zAPMM

zumurruddu
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La dodicesima solitudine

Le opere di questo autore mi hanno sempre fatto venire in mente i quadri di Hopper. In entrambi i casi pare esserci la stessa atmosfera, la stessa luce radente e spietata, capace da sola di mettere a nudo quel senso di sterminata, ordinaria solitudine quotidiana. Quella insita nella vita stessa.
Qui abbiamo un campionario di undici esistenze paradigmatiche nella loro solitudine. Un campionario di disadattati, delle loro nevrosi, manie, fallimenti.
Yates è un maestro nel fot
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Nood-Lesse
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vien senz’altro spontaneo provare piacere alla vista di una cosa ben fatta

Prendete R. Ford e toglietegli quello che ha di eccessivo, poi prendete R. Carver e aggiungetegli ciò che gli manca. Uniteli, mescolateli e serviteli in undici calici a tulipano (*)
Queste sono le istruzioni per realizzare il miglior processo di sintesi minimalista, peccato che siano inutili se non si possiede il talento di Richard Yates.
Gli undici racconti sono ambientati negli anni ’50 ma per il fenomeno del disassamento
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João Carlos

“Western Motel" (1957) de Edward Hopper

Em 2014 li dois romances do escritor norte-americano Richard Yates (1926 – 1992), “O Desfile da Primavera” (1976) – 5 estrelas e “Perto da Felicidade” (1986) – 4 estrelas.
Depois de ler na lindíssima capa da edição portuguesa de “Onze Tipos de Solidão” – quadro “Western Motel" (1957) de Edward Hopper - uma referência do escritor Kurt Vonnegut, designando que “Richard Yates é o melhor contador de histórias americano”, decidi iniciar a sua leitura.
“Onze Tipos
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lorinbocol
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-american
ogni cosa è illuminata. ma con una luce fredda tipo camerino. yates punta il suo fascio impietoso (senza pietas, senza alcuna partecipazione) per dirci che ogni individuo solo, è solo a modo suo. e infelice, per parafrasare ancora meglio tolstoj. tanto più che i protagonisti di questi kinds of loneliness hanno quasi sempre il sapore di comprimari. non sono amleto che declama il suo monologo a effetto e tutti lo stanno a sentire, semmai sono rosencrantz e guildestern come in quel geniale e vecchi ...more
Rosanna
Non posso scrivere nulla su questa lettura.
Cioè...lo avevo anche fatto, una di quelle recensioni brevi ma seriose con l'enumerazione della 'dodicesima' e bla-bla-balle!
E noticine in fondo al libro, sottolineature ed orecchiette in alto: il classico mio leggere, ecco!
Però non posso commentarlo.
Posso rilevare come sia brutta la copertina, come mi siano piaciuti i 'titoli di coda' e quel 'Bzz, bzz...bzz' finale.
Ecco, sì! ma commentarlo no.
Mi è piaciuto eh! (caro Nood!), davvero piaciuto: l'ultimo r
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Célia
Com Onze Tipos de Solidão, voltei finalmente a Richard Yates. Revolutionary Road é um dos meus livros preferidos de sempre, mas O Desfile da Primavera deixou-me algo indiferente – suspeito que por tê-lo lido na altura errada (conto lá voltar). Desta vez, quis conhecer a faceta de contista do escritor norte-americano e posso dizer que esta coletânea de contos, subordinada ao tema da solidão, fez renascer o meu amor por Yates.

A grande maioria dos contos não tem mais do que 15-20 páginas; este dado
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A. Dawes
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Note: This will be an ongoing review as I've been endeavouring to do for anthologies and collections. I just feel that every story deserves a little time in the sun. (FINISHED)

This has been on my shelves gathering dust for a while now. The title just sounded so melodramatic, and Yates had a reputation for being on the grave side.

Now that the dust has been wiped away, and I'm reading, I've discovered that these stories are breathtaking - and I'm using that cliché here as there isn't a better sub
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Sandra
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, racconti
Ho ripreso familiarità con Yates lentamente, visto che è trascorso qualche anno dall’ultima volta che l’ho letto. Dopo un inizio guardingo, ancora sotto l’effetto dei racconti di Hemingway e dei suoi superuomini, sono entrata subito nel disagiato mondo di Yates, ho letto storie di falliti, buoni a nulla, uomini ma anche donne soli perché incompresi dagli altri, dalla famiglia, ma in primo luogo da sé stessi, incapaci di inseguire un qualsiasi sogno o illusione perché inadatti a crearselo. Grandi ...more
Chris_P
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know that a collection of short stories is good, when the worst of them deserves 3 stars.

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness includes 11 stories each of which, as the title suggests, deals with a different kind of loneliness. However, you won't find recently broken-up guys and lonely spinsters here. No, nothing so obvious. Loneliness can take many forms, most of which are so subtle, you can't even tell they're there and that's exactly why this book takes 4.5 stars from me. Because Yates touched diff
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Banushka
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
richard yates'in usta bir yazar olduğunu "bağımsızlık yolu" romanında anlamıştım. buradaki öykülerde de savaş sonrası amerika'sını o kadar güzel anlatıyor ki...
öykülerin kahramanları hayal kırıklığına uğramış çocuklardan yine hayal kırıklığıyla yaşayan eski askerlere, mutsuz evliliklerini sakız gibi uzatan kadın ve erkeklere, öleceğini bile bile yaşama tutunmaya çalışan verem hastalarına kadar değişiyor. tüm öykülerin ortak noktası ise adından belli olacağı üzere aslında içten içe hepsini kavura
...more
Sofia
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onze histórias de solidão é um conjunto de 11 contos diversos, em que os protagonistas habitam e abraçam a sua própria solidão. No final, estamos todos sozinhos, por mais pessoas que estejam à nossa volta.
Um pouco indecisa entre as 4 e as 5 estrelas...
antónio alves
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onze estórias imaginativas, bem contadas e muito bem escritas!
Greta
Ammetto che, fino a poche settimane prima di acquistare questo libro, non conoscevo nemmeno l'autore, se non giusto di nome. Poi però mi sono imbattuta, un po' per caso, in poche righe che commentavano questi racconti, e nonostante questo commento in particolare non dicesse nulla di particolare, questo libriccino mi è entrato in testa, e così, non appena mi si è presentata l'occasione, l'ho acquistato e subito letto.
Solitamente faccio fatica ad apprezzare i racconti brevi, è molto più facile che
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Bloodorange
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-retro, us, stories
One of the things I remember from Revolutionary Road is that the delusion of "I am an artsy person destined to do greater things, even though I work in a corporation" is probably as old as corporations themselves. In this collection of stories Yates focuses on people who miss out on things, or cannot achieve things, or whose lives are in some ways stalled.
nettebuecherkiste
Wie entsteht Einsamkeit in der Gesellschaft? Welche Folgen hat Einsamkeit und wie kann es sein, dass man sich ständig unter Menschen befindet und doch einsam ist? Mit solchen Fragen beschäftigt sich dieser Kurzgeschichtenband des renommierten amerikanischen Autors. Das Buch enthält wie der Titel es vermuten lässt elf Kurzgeschichten, in denen das Thema Einsamkeit im Mittelpunkt steht, sei es Einsamkeit aufgrund eines geringen sozialen Status, einer unklug geschlossenen Ehe, Krankheit oder mangel ...more
piperitapitta
«There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in»


Dico la verità, nonostante ami molto Yates e abbia letto praticamente tutto quanto di suo è stato tradotto fin qui in italiano, a eccezione, credo, di un'altra raccolta di racconti, queste sue Undici solitudini, fatta salva la sua indiscussa qualità di scrittura e il distintivo tratto autobiografico che caratterizza, sempre, i suoi racconti e i suoi romanzi, non mi avevano colpita particolarmente.
Non mi avevano colpita particolarmente,
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Lulu
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book or rather, collection of short stories, is superb! This was the third work of Yates that I have read and I think it may be my favorite. Each story was so rich with raw human emotion that I could feel the characters' pain in my stomach. Yates' ability to convey the human condition is uncanny. He is by far the best writer I have ever read. There may be other writers who have written more important or revolutionary works, who have crafted more intricate plots, but I have never encountere ...more
rahul
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koi Yeh Kaise Bataaye Ke Wo Tanha Kyoon Hai,
Wo jo apna thaa wahi aur kisi ka kyoon hai

Yahi duniya hai to phir aisee ye duniya kyoon hai
Yahi hota hai to aakhir yahi hota kyoon hai

- Kaifi Azmi ( from the movie Arth)


How does one explain away his loneliness to another,
That which was once his now belonging to another...

If this how the world is , why is this world like that,
If this is what is supposed to happen,then why does it happen so...


Some days it feels like there are as many Kinds of Lo
...more
Conor
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gather that this book is often called New York's "Dubliners," but it seemed to be more "Winesburg, OH" than anything else: dark, sympathetic, and radiating lonely despair. I can't help but believe that Yates was probably a bitter old man, haunted as much by his mystifying failure to achieve success despite unalloyed critical acclaim for his writing as by the interpersonal catastrophes that must have provided at least partial material for his characteristic stories. Each of these regrets manife ...more
Loederkoningin
Eleven perfect slices from the master in dissecting the lives of Americans in the 1950's and exposing lurking tragedy and underlying despair. However, his themes of unhappiness and doomed love, and smothered dreams and ambitions are timeless. Replace the obsession with living the American Dream in the suburbs with creating a picture perfect Instagram life, and what has changed? The vague sense of futility and failure and the feeling of restlessness haven't. There are no weak stories in this bunc ...more
• Frannie •
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terribilmente gonfi di tristezza. Ecco come definirei questi racconti. Una solitudine declinata in 11 modi diversi, alcuni più efficaci e più toccanti di altri, ma tutti ugualmente scritti con uno stile magistrale: diretto, nudo, senza mai una parola di troppo, che mi ha ricordato inevitabilmente Raymond Carver, anche se leggermente meno crudele. Ma neppure Yates ci regala dei lieti fini e la malinconia e il dolore sordo che questa raccolta ci lascia addosso non scivolano via facilmente.
Elena
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant storytelling. Flirting with loneliness, dancing with despair, standing on the edge of agony and failure. Eleven slices of humanity. They made me remember ( and want to watch again ) Kieślowski's Decalogue. This has been my first encounter with Yates, and a truly happy ( bad choice of word here, though) one.
Armin Hennig
Alles andere als brillant, aber gelungene Kontextarbeit hebt den Durchschnitt

Persönliche Befangenheitserklärung

Drei Sterne als Mittelwert für einen Erzählungsband, der zwar nichts Außerordentliches enthält, aber sein Konzept so weit ganz anständig durchzieht und damit eine bessere Bewertung an Land zieht, als es die Qualität der Einzelerzählungen rechtfertigen würde. Auf den ersten Blick war die Lektüre für mich ziemlich enttäuschend, da ich etliche Geschichten bereits kannte, auch wenn mir der
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Chiara Sono sempre vissuta nel castello
3.5/4 stelle
Uno più bello dell'altro, brevi storie che parlano di uomini e di donne e dei loro piccoli grandi drammi personali. Yates è molto efficace nel raccontarci degli spaccati della società americana, senza fronzoli o mezze verità descrive situazioni e persone deboli, nevrotiche, e soprattutto sole, credo che la sua più grande qualità sia presentarci la realtà così com'è, senza false speranze o consolazioni inutili...
Vi scrivo uno dei pezzi che ho più amato, così capite cosa intendo:

"Quest
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Richard Yates shone bright upon the publication of his first novel, Revolutionary Road, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. It drew unbridled praise and branded Yates an important, new writer. Kurt Vonnegut claimed that Revolutionary Road was The Great Gatsby of his time. William Styron described it as "A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic." Tennessee ...more
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