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The Spot

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  243 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery.

The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where two lovers sense their affair is about to come to an end.

The Spot is at the bottom of Niagara Falls, where the body of a young girl floats as if caught in the currents of her own tragic story.

The Spot is in the ear of
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Faber & Faber (first published May 19th 2010)
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Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Spesso la confessione più sincera e realistica di un crimine era fornita proprio dalla persona più innocente. Spesso chi aveva tutto da perdere si lanciava con audacia, come quelli che si tuffano dalle scogliere, o come i cercatori di perle. Quei ragazzi indigeni che trovavano il coraggio di entrare nell'acqua scura, le gambe che battevano piano, sforbiciando verso la luce, le braccia tese a stringere e a afferrare. Era un po' quello che doveva fare un investigatore in quelle situazioni: immerg ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
In certe storie lette, viste, sentite o vissute, esiste un punto in cui il corso delle cose vira. Vira nel senso che la storia cambia colore o qualità o direzione . E si avvia al suo esito. A volte con un movimento lento, quasi impercettibile. Oppure con un’improvvisa accelerazione.
Di quel punto parlano quasi tutti questi racconti.
Un punto. Una cosa piccola. Che accade in un attimo. Che magari non c’entra niente, ma che però sta o misteriosamente riecheggia in una qualche profondità. Di sguardi.
Ryan Madman Reads & Rocks
Unique and haunting. Not a scary kind of haunting. A haunting that keeps one intrigued and wanting to reread every single word. David Means' prose is definitely not for everyone.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
And now I must read everything by him.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m more than three-quarters of the page into reading one of David Means’ short stories when I come to realize that I have been reading one long, complicatedly intricate sentence. Means stories are full of those beautifully expanded sentence that he manages so well. Means is an American writer who has had stories published in many publications. His stories are typically set in the American Midwest, where originally from. His first short story collection, A Quick Kiss of Redemption, was published ...more
Lenore Beadsman64
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: postmoderni
il punto è che il postmoderno ha abolito i punti

13 racconti, ciascuno con la sua bella, sottile ambientazione, un po' Carver e un altro po' Faulkner, cattivi, asciutti, come è solo la vita vera, osservata da uno che ha gli occhi più acuti che si possano immaginare, si certo non è DFW e non vuole nemmeno esserlo, è uno che vede bene e quel che vede non lo commenta, nè lo interpreta, solo lo descrive, coi toni da spaccato così tanto comuni nel postmoderno da far sembrare il tutto come un film che
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book much less than The Secret Goldfish and Assorted Fire Events. The reason would be that the stories felt less human, less warm and more verbose. Instead of getting into the character's heads, it stories seemed to get into the author's words, often brilliant but functioning in a less plot or character driven way.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the style, tailored to describe the intersection of time and place with insane precision. Would be curious to see if Means writes differently when the goals of the writing change. Also appreciated the fact that the stories deal with marginal figures, who all depend heavily on the stories they tell themselves. The characters feel a little like stock characters, but that actually adds to the stories in this case. The book as a whole explores perhaps more the edges of a specific spot, than th ...more
Ahmad Al Tukhaifi
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was so excited for this book, but after reading a couple of stories I was disappointed. The stories dragged forever and I ended up hate reading it cause I bought it and didn’t want that to be a waste.
Hate reading it had a benefit though, I came up on 3 stories that I liked, A River in Egypt, Reading Chekhov and The Botch. Those were good. But the whole book consists of about 14 short stories and only 3 of them that I've enjoyed. So.. not much fun.
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
The Cormac McCarthy of the Midwest and Hudson River? Seriously written serious stories, harsh manly humorless stuff, usually interestingly structured. I'd reckon there're two 5* stories in this collection -- the title story and the one about spontaneous human combustion -- and a 6* paragraph in one story where a father imagines how many seconds his son would pay attention to the sight of a walrus, a boat, a boat on fire, a boat on fire with passengers jumping into the water etc. With each sensat ...more
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David Means (born 1961) is an American writer based in Nyack, New York. His short stories have appeared in many publications, including Esquire, The New Yorker, and Harper's. They are frequently set in the Midwest or the Rust Belt, or along the Hudson River in New York.
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