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The Spectacle Of The Body

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There was a time when the longest story in this book was known by the title of this book - for in a certain sense that story concerns the fabulous costume nature can construe from us when it has made up its mind to unravel us down to the last stitch of thread. But whenever Noy Holland went to read aloud from her work, there was an audience who heard her begin, "At night, w ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published May 24th 1994 by Knopf
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Marie-Therese
2.5 stars

Beautiful language and striking imagery can't save these shapeless, torpid pieces from their inertia.
Steven Felicelli
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Faulknerian symphony - the music is powerful and consistent (passion and craft harmonize beginning to end)
Shaylah Kloska Paul
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
In this collection of prose, "Orbit" stands out as the gem. Every one of Holland's lines in this story is perfect. It killed me to read something so good. But in many of the other pieces, Holland's language became slightly too vague to where it was difficult to grasp the narrative. I would still recommend this, though, without a doubt, to anyone with an appreciation of inventive, atmospheric prose that caters to a subtley creepy, thick-heat-of-summer aesthetic.
Adam
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are quite a few writers I admire whose entire careers don't cover as much ground as Holland's story ORBIT.
Devin Kelly
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
also one of the best books ever
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Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A friend in my workshop just lent me this book, and it's really beautiful. It's training me to read more slowly, I think.
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Noy Holland’s debut novel, Bird, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in Fall 2015. Her collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.) She has published work in The Kenyon Review, Antioch, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Western Humanities Review, The Believer, NOON, and New York Tyr ...more
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