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Emerald City: Stories de Jennifer Egan
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Emerald City: Stories (1993 original; edició 1997)

de Jennifer Egan (Autor)

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These eleven masterful stories-the first collection from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan-deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters-models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls-are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience. They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City-a teen's discovery of his father's secret life, a financial trader who runs into the con man who swindled him-are seamless evocations of self-discovery.… (més)
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Títol:Emerald City: Stories
Autors:Jennifer Egan (Autor)
Informació:Picador (1997), 192 pages
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Emerald City and Other Stories de Jennifer Egan (1993)

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Each story is so good from the first sentence onward that they suck you in like a fairy tale. Settings range from foreign beaches to big cities to the American Midwest; characters are male and female, old and young, sometimes first person and sometimes third. Many characters observe others, usually those in positions of lesser power observing those with more (siblings, spouses, photographers and models).

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And it struck him that this was New York: a place that glittered from a distance even when you reached it. ("Emerald City," 53)

It's amazing, she thinks, how lust and aggravation will combine to push you toward someone. ("The Stylist," 63)

[Alice] looks at Jann and Bernadette with the sad, fierce look of someone who sees a thing she knows she cannot have. ("The Stylist," 69)

I should say how the worst things happen sometimes on purpose but they're not your fault. I should say the truth wouldn't matter even if I knew what it was. ("One Piece," 81) ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 12, 2019 |
11 excellent short stories that show the power of Egan's words! The first, "Why China?" just blew me away with its stark emotions and beautiful words! And really, the 10 stories that follow echo that style! I really connected with all the characters, settings, and images - especially the San Francisco scenes. A vivid look at the entire human condition! Bravo! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Excellently written, picturesque, and so very grim. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
This is a collection of short stories by Jennifer Egan, the author famous for "A Visit from the Good Squad." Although I am usually not a fan of short stories, I have greatly enjoyed Ms. Egan's other books so I thought I would read this one as well. Generally, the stories were interesting, as most took place in obscure locations and various countries. However, the themes of the stories were dysphoric. There weren't any happy endings to these stories and the characters were left with melancholy feelings about their lives and situations. Overall, I thought her stories were interesting enough for me to read the book quickly, but this was not really a fun read. ( )
  voracious | Mar 30, 2015 |
This book contains 11 short stories which have in common that the narrators have something to hide, to reveal or were once struggling a personal failure in their relationships. Each story is written like a story within a story. As a reader I always had the feeling that it starts very harmless - nothing to worry about the narrators or their surroundings but with the time being I was surprised what kind of history the narrators had to tell and with each new story I couldn't wait what kind of human fate would be released. ( )
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These eleven masterful stories-the first collection from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan-deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters-models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls-are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience. They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City-a teen's discovery of his father's secret life, a financial trader who runs into the con man who swindled him-are seamless evocations of self-discovery.

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