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Little Disturbances of Man [Hardcover]

Grace Paley
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May 1959 9997413245 978-9997413246
This collection includes stories about men and women in the thick of life and the tumultuous relationships they share. Anything can, and does, happen to the loving couples, bickering couples, deserted wives and discarded husbands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Humane; Stylistic Economy March 25 2000
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What makes Paley worth reading and important is her language, which is plain, simple english, but the order in which she places the words create sentences that burst with gut-life. Her sentences are like clever, immigrant hands--hard-won wisdom with an untiring lust for life. Most of the stories are set in a New York reminiscent of The Honeymooners, unfortunately due to my age my only point of reference. But ultimately, as the subtitle says, these are clear, gritty stories of men and women at love. This is writing that your mother would understand; and make you glad to be alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling control of language June 9 2001
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These are stories of real-life love and relationships (ie: imperfect, strange and unexpected - not cheesy or sappy at all). Paley drops the reader into the heart of the character and creates for us a world so vivid, yet so different from what we know, that I felt dizzy the first time I read one of these stories. Her use of language is so perfect it makes me laugh out loud (on the subway) and I enjoy reading any given paragraph over several times. I use this book for inspiration every time I try (in vain) to write something creative myself... check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling control of language June 9 2001
By Ethan E Bodle - Published on Amazon.com
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These are stories of real-life love and relationships (ie: imperfect, strange and unexpected - not cheesy or sappy at all). Paley drops the reader into the heart of the character and creates for us a world so vivid, yet so different from what we know, that I felt dizzy the first time I read one of these stories. Her use of language is so perfect it makes me laugh out loud (on the subway) and I enjoy reading any given paragraph over several times. I use this book for inspiration every time I try (in vain) to write something creative myself... check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Humane; Stylistic Economy March 25 2000
By wordtron - Published on Amazon.com
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What makes Paley worth reading and important is her language, which is plain, simple english, but the order in which she places the words create sentences that burst with gut-life. Her sentences are like clever, immigrant hands--hard-won wisdom with an untiring lust for life. Most of the stories are set in a New York reminiscent of The Honeymooners, unfortunately due to my age my only point of reference. But ultimately, as the subtitle says, these are clear, gritty stories of men and women at love. This is writing that your mother would understand; and make you glad to be alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, insightful stories Nov. 24 2009
By Christina Vella - Published on Amazon.com
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Grace Paley's stories are of a type--somewhat Jewish and feminist--but her style and wit is so sardonic and original that she escapes stereotyping. Whereas some of her collections are uneven, these stories are uniformly droll and wise. "Goodbye and Good Luck" should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give Yourself a Gift. Read Grace Paley Nov. 23 2013
By Alice Wanderman - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Loudest Voice," whips eight pages of truth and delight into the best short story I ever read, Therse are my people, the way they really were.
5.0 out of 5 stars but a taste of genius March 14 2014
By mikeinmiddleearth - Published on Amazon.com
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after reading these stories, go to the collected works! as ever the language is compressed and allusive and the voices ever shifting they require one to re-read passages now and again, but it's like opening a present and finding other presents inside even more delightful than the first. once read through, one has a much clearer handle on the brilliance of her take on the lives of women and children, and men, "when they're around". empathy is a key element of her work as well as a profound sympathy for the devil.
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