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Charles Baxter

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35+ obres 5,101 Membres 118 Ressenyes 15 preferits

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Charles Baxter is the author of novels and short story collections. His novels include The Feast of Love, The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light. His short story collections include Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, Harmony of the World, and mostra'n més There's Something I Want You to Do. He teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. (Bowker Author Biography) Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including "The Feast of Love", "Shadow Play", & "First Light", & collections of stories including "Believers" & "A Relative Stranger". He teaches writing at the University of Michigan. (Publisher Provided) He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Award for Writers & an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. (Publisher Provided) mostra'n menys

Obres de Charles Baxter

El festí de l'amor (2000) 1,789 exemplars
El lladre d'ànimes (2007) 409 exemplars
Saul i Patsy (2003) 386 exemplars
The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot (2007) 271 exemplars
Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (2011) 220 exemplars
First Light (1987) 217 exemplars
Shadow Play (1993) 210 exemplars
A Relative Stranger: Stories (1990) 207 exemplars
Believers: A Novella and Stories (2020) 207 exemplars
Through the Safety Net: Stories (1985) 150 exemplars
Harmony of the World: Stories (1984) 95 exemplars
The Sun Collective (2020) 83 exemplars

Obres associades

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Col·laborador — 1,217 exemplars
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Col·laborador — 628 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Col·laborador — 411 exemplars
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 364 exemplars
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015) — Col·laborador — 291 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013) — Col·laborador — 280 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Col·laborador — 273 exemplars
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Introducció — 213 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989) — Col·laborador — 190 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Col·laborador — 184 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Col·laborador — 164 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987) — Col·laborador — 129 exemplars
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Col·laborador — 126 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986) — Col·laborador — 97 exemplars
Best SF: 1971 (1972) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars
Novel Voices (2003) — Col·laborador — 55 exemplars
McSweeney's Issue 43 (2013) — Col·laborador — 48 exemplars
2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2010) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Tin House 34 (Winter 2007): The Dead of Winter (2007) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry (1994) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Politically Inspired (2003) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
The Story About the Story Vol. II (2013) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars


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Meta novel in two parts: firstly, Nathaniel, a grad student in Buffalo encounters Coolberg, a scroungy hipster-type, who pays a down-and-out guy to steal his clothes, his identity, and his crush; the second, the very same Nathaniel Mason, husband, father, recovered from a Buffalo breakdown, receives a phone message for Coolberg decades later. The first part is annoying and claustrophobic; the second is calm and gratifying.
froxgirl | Hi ha 22 ressenyes més | May 4, 2024 |
Perhaps I should have taken as a sign how many years this book sat on my shelves without my reading it, but there have been plenty of books I neglected so long that I loved when I finally read them. I had almost culled this a few times, but I finally picked this up for a "Michigan author" prompt for a reading challenge. (This takes place in Michigan and Baxter had been living in Michigan when he wrote it.)

I was vaguely annoyed with this book from early on. I wanted to like Wyatt, but never really connected with him. And then something about the whole falling in love in college bit rubbed me wrong. But where this book really fell off the rails for me was the scene with the illicit dumping grounds. Such a huge violation of my sense of justice and the environment and I GET IT, YOU HAVE BIG FEELINGS ABOUT YOUR COUSIN, BUT YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY HERE THAT IS BIGGER THAN THAT AND JUST... NOTHING... COMES FROM THAT? IT ONLY EXISTS TO FORESHADOW WORSE VIOLATIONS TO COME?!

I should have known full well then that this book was just Not For Me, but I forced myself to finish it for the reading challenge when I should have let this go. So now you have to hear me whine about it.

I did not care for this.
… (més)
greeniezona | Nov 19, 2023 |
there were parts of this that i quite liked, and that showed his writing ability really nicely, but i think that overall this was the kind of pretentious book that is too too pretentious to be good. the characters - in particular the younger characters - felt like the way an older guy would write younger people, not like real younger people. the women, too, actually.

the conceit here could have been interesting but overall i don't think it really worked all that well. but as i said, i did like some of the writing.

"My inner life lacks dignity."

"Driving me home, Harry told me -- how could I not know it? -- that Jackson Pollock had cut off the tip of his little finger at the ag of seven. Seven! Jesus Christ. Not even my pain is original."

"Hugging him, you kind of collide with his stomach before you get to his face, but that was okay. My dad's stomach is like the foyer to the rest of him."

"Chloe's enemy is now mine, however, and my feeling is:...I am ready for him. I am pleased to have an enemy who is not symbolic."
… (més)
overlycriticalelisa | Hi ha 37 ressenyes més | Nov 4, 2023 |
Month of November 2022 - The Thief Books

The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter (2007; 2009 ed.) 210 pages.

Setting: 1970’s New York

I’m not too sure what I just read. The author writes in a way as if we should be reading between the lines and understand his meaning, but does not give us any real information to go on. I felt the story was all over the place about nothing, really. But, I kept reading, thinking the ending would help pull it all together. Notta! If I can’t figure out what you are writing about, you get a 1-star.

College students, Nathaniel Mason
and Jerome Coolberg, an odd genius who thinks he can acquire everyone’s soul (by driving them crazy??), have met at a geek’s party for artists. Jerome develops a weird obsession and life-long interest in Nathanial’s life.

He starts by stealing Nathanials clothes…and wearing them, then his furniture. Nathanial’s crush is found to be Jerome’s girlfriend. Then, when Nathanial falls in love with a lesbian he has been sleeping with, she is raped and beaten by, I think, Jerome’s orders, to a group of thugs. I still don’t see the relevance of this to the story at all.

But, Jerome twists all the stories around of what is going on with Nathanial until he has a mental breakdown and doesn’t know what’s real and what isn’t.

Nathanial moves on and gets married and has children. Jerome keeps track of Nathanials whereabouts, and every milestone of his life. Some years down the road, Jerome contacts Nathanial, and asks him to meet him in San Diego, where he will reveal the big secret to Nathanials past life.

Jerome hands Nathanial this book, “The Soul Thief”….Nathaniel’s life.

… (més)
MissysBookshelf | Hi ha 22 ressenyes més | Aug 27, 2023 |



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