• Title: The Pier Falls and Other Stories
  • Author: Mark Haddon
  • ISBN: 9780385685696
  • Page: 330
  • Format: ebook
  • The Pier Falls and Other Stories Mark Haddon author of international bestsellers The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and A Spot of Bother returns with a collection of unsparing short stories In the prize winning story
    Mark Haddon, author of international bestsellers The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and A Spot of Bother, returns with a collection of unsparing short stories.In the prize winning story The Gun, a man s life is marked by a single afternoon and a rusty.45 in The Island, a mythical princess is abandoned on an island in the midst of war in The Boys WhoMark Haddon, author of international bestsellers The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and A Spot of Bother, returns with a collection of unsparing short stories.In the prize winning story The Gun, a man s life is marked by a single afternoon and a rusty.45 in The Island, a mythical princess is abandoned on an island in the midst of war in The Boys Who Left Home to Learn Fear, a cadre of sheltered artistocrats sets out to find adventure in a foreign land and finds the gravest dangers among themselves These are but some of the men and women who fill this searingly imaginitive and emotionally taut collection of short stories, weaving through time and space to showcase Mark Haddon s incredible versatility Yet the collection achieves a sum that is greater than its parts, proving itself a meditation not only on isolation and loneliness but also on the tenuous and unseen connections that link individuals to each other, often despite themselves In its titular story, the narrator describes with fluid precision a catastrophe that will collectively define its victims as much as it will disperse them and brilliantly lays bare the reader s appetite for spectactle alongside its characters Cut with lean prose and drawing inventively from history, myth, fairy tales and, above all, the deep well of empathy that made his three novels so compelling, The Pier Falls reveals a previously unseen side of the celebrated author.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This is a stunning collection of stories. I know Haddon's work from two novels, but never dreamed him capable of such amazing diversity. He effortlessly bounces through several genres in this book, and the writing is beautiful.I expected the moving tales about sad and lonely people; Haddon has already demonstrated his abilities with quirky characters in his previous books. Here, we have Bunny, which is the story of an unhappy woman who is drawn into a relationship with her 500 pound neighbor, an [...]

    2. Another pretty darn good book of short stories. The first story is the title story and I loved it, how he showed how people's lives changed in an instant. What happened after, the journalists, people whom were there and survived and those, who didn't, but he also showed how quickly things, people and their lives go back to normal. How the collapsed pier just becomes background. So true to life. Also loved Bunny, a story with a surprise ending that packs a punch. In the Boys who left home to lear [...]

    3. I finished The Pier Falls almost a week ago, but it hasn't finished with me. These haunting, startling stories still swirl around in my brain - nightmarish visions from a dark imagination. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time demonstrates effortless versatility with this stunning collection and proves himself an expert of the short format.Be warned - there are few happy endings here. Bad things happen and lives change forever in an instant. In the title story a crowd o [...]

    4. Τον Μαρκ Χάντον όπως όσοι τον γνωρίζουν, τον έμαθα από το «Ποιος σκότωσε το σκύλο τα μεσάνυχτα». Μια φαινομενικά παιδική ή προ-εφηβική ιστορία, με μια αθωότητα καμιά φορά χιουμοριστική, άλλοτε αλλόκοτη όπως ο αυτιστικός πρωταγωνιστής της, τελικά βουτηγμένη στον κυνισμό. Η σ [...]

    5. "The Pier Falls" was my first introduction to Mark Haddon. He is clearly a talented author -- deftly managing to capture tension and drama, and honing in on the complexities of human relationships. However, this collection provided a mixed experience for me. The first, and title story, about the collapse of a pier in a seaside town is brilliant. I held my breath while listening to the audio. Haddon had transported me onto that pier and made me experience the terror right along with the character [...]

    6. 4.5 starsFirstly let me say that I don't like and don't read short stories. But having read some good review and recommending it for the school library thought I'd give it a go. What can I say, brilliant, outstanding the writing was so descriptive that it just sucks you right into the story. All the stories I felt were quite dark and macabre but also interesting. I've given it 4.5 stars as no doubt with most short stories it leaves you asking questions and wanting to know more, especially in thi [...]

    7. (3.5) These nine stories examine what characters do and who they are in extreme, often violent situations. My three favourites were “Bunny,” reminiscent of The Fattest Man in Britain with its picture of a friendship between an obese man and a young woman who sees more in him than his size; “The Woodpecker and the Wolf,” a brilliantly suspenseful tale set in space – it reminded me of the Sandra Bullock movie Gravity; and “The Weir,” which imagines the unexpectedly lasting relationsh [...]

    8. I recently thought to myself that I need to read more short story books. I had no idea where to start. I added quite a few to my ever growing 'to be read' pile. Then this one popped up one day and I checked with my library and it was in. A few days later I had it and decided to flip through it. I have not read previous books by Mark Haddon so I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what to expect from short stories either (I've read a few here and there, but less than a handful). I decided t [...]

    9. Absolutely outstanding. This collection will definitely make it into my top books of 2016. They are exactly the kind of stories I like - where things happen, often bleak, sad things. These stories are about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, rather than many short stories which seem to be about extraordinary people in ordinary circumstances. In many of them Haddon gives a nod to the future - a little snippet of how someone's life will turn out. I loved that, but it just made me want [...]

    10. Another short story collection that I enjoyed!! Thank you GR friend, Peter Boyle for giving it rave reviews! I’m not a fan of the short story. Perhaps because the stories are “short” and I don’t get a chance to connect with the characters. Author Mark Haddon pens stories with characters and situations that grab the reader. Haddon proves that a great story doesn’t need 20 pages of set-up. Haddon immediately gets to the meat of the story.Haddon’s stories are imaginative, but not so far [...]

    11. Only 3 stars for this collection of short stories, despite the fact that I have read Haddon's first two novels and really enjoyed them. All of these stories started strongly with interesting characters and plot lines, then disintegrated intoweirdness, for lack of a better word. I thought I was reading a beautifully phrased tale, but then it would dissolve mid-stream into fantasy or horror or science fiction, when that is not what I was prepared for at all. I was thrown off balance.Three of these [...]

    12. Mark Haddon demonstrates extremely strong writing in this volume. He has a style that's slightly experimental and dances on the thin edge between reality and mythology. If you're interested in literary writing, this would be a great book to study because each piece is well-constructed and manages to engage the reader with unusual and intriguing characters that the reader can still connect with (even the odd ones).While the stories may appear eclectic on the surface, some of the recurring themes [...]

    13. One of my GR friends really liked this collection of stories & I'd heard good things about the author, so I thought I'd give it a try.The Pier Falls - is an overview of a disaster. Depressing & distant.The island - the retelling of Ariadne's story (the traitorous gal who helped Theseus kill the Minotaur). Depressing & distant. Bunny - Depressing & distant again, even though concentrates on just 2 people. I could never work up any empathy, though. I quit. Why bother? I haven't rea [...]

    14. Un racconto su tutti: Crolla il pontile. Un crollo al rallentatore che fotografa in quindici brevi pagine un mondo che si disfa sotto i nostri occhi. Ecco, il senso della catastrofe in Mark Haddon è altissimo e dilaga, sotto forme diverse in tutti i racconti. Può essere un attimo in cui la vita di un ragazzino prende una certa piega (La Pistola) , un gesto di vigliaccheria che travolge un'esistenza fallace in un racconto morale alla Durenmatt (Selvatico), un errore di prospettiva (Respira) o u [...]

    15. This is a collection of short stories that should be savored slowly. Each story delves to unexpected depths, revealing uncomfortable and often stomach-churning events that are the stuff our nightmares are made of.One of my favorites was The Pier Falls, and it was almost a cinematographic experience. Tiny moments of the disaster are still vivid: the shock of crumbling wood and falling bodies, the small abandoned dog, its leash trailing behind, the young boy caught up in a loving embrace by a stra [...]

    16. I am not a horror reader. I avoid suspenseful movies and do not, as a rule, choose to read thrillers. But I loved this collection. This is an anthology of psychological thrills and chills, as close to horror as you can get without being of that genre. Within these pages Mark Haddon has given free rein to his deepest, darkest imaginings. The stories in this collection reveal a fascinating look at the obsessions, delusions and quiet tragedies of human life. Spine-tingling and joltingly electric, i [...]

    17. This was a book that I began a long time ago and would entertain myself with as I waited for books I was more excited for to become free at the library. Yet the book is not necessarily deserving of such a second-rate denomination. From the get go, this book--with its electric title story--grabbed me with its vivid and powerful writing. As with most short stories, the author has a bit of trouble sticking the landing, and I'm not sure how many of these will stick with me, but this book was solid. [...]

    18. (με βαριά βρετανική προφορά) That was bloody brilliant! Δεν είχε τύχει να διαβάσω κάποιο από τα πονήματα του Haddon και μπορώ να πω πως ενθουσιαστηκα με την πρώτη επαφή μαζί του.Ένα βιβλίο γεμάτο κυνισμό, σκληρές/ωμές εικόνες και τέτοια περιγραφή, η οποία σε οδηγούσε να βλέπεις τους χαρακτ [...]

    19. Some short story collections are pretty, quiet, gossamer like, daydreams. Some feel like half-explored ideas, half poems, writing exercises. This didn’t - it was powerful stuff. Haddon explores a number of ideas with a stark and dark manner - several of the stories dealing with horrible and depressing events, death and loneliness, beautifully done despite the fact some stories were difficult to stomach at times. The title story particularly strong, ‘Wodwo’ also a favourite, but no duds in [...]

    20. These tales evoked different feelings from me, and that is the best sort of story telling. This is a small excerpt that ached inside of me. "You hurt yourself? How?""Wall." He nodded to one of the arches of the brick vault and she saw the bloodstains."Why?""I want it to stop.""What do you want to stop?""Everything. I want everything to stop."She pretended not to understand. She can see now that she was a coward."Isn't it something so many do, just ignore the cries of others? But this isn't that [...]

    21. themaineedge/buzz/loveThere are relatively few writers who are capable of displaying mastery of both the novel and the short story. Granted, a good writer is a good writer, but many simply prove more adept at one or the other.And then there are some – like Mark Haddon – who can do it all.Haddon’s bibliography marks him as a writer of particularly diverse skills. His career began as a writer of books for children, but his 2003 debut novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time [...]

    22. The art of story-telling is not an easy one, and the art of telling a story with the added constraint of brevity is a greater challenge. I have always preferred short stories and flash fiction to full length novels. Not only is the short story is a display of the writer's creative prowess, but it is also a barometer of the reader's ability to savour a story. Like a wine taster who can judge based on sip of wine or a good chef who can identify the ingredients based on a bite of food, an experienc [...]

    23. Looking at the reviews you get a sense of how diverse this collection is. People's favorites seemed to be rather varied. I personally wasn't all that interested in the title story which comes first but I'm glad I stuck with it because there are some beautiful and very moving stories in this collection. Can't pin down any one genre on these stories, they are all very different. My favorite was probably "The Woodpecker and the Wolf" which if sci-fi and is intensely moving and personal. Think a far [...]

    24. Very dark, but pretty compelling. Some I liked more than others, but the ones I liked were very very good. I liked "Wodwo," "The Woodpecker and the Wolf," and "The Weir" quite a lot. "Wodwo" started out as a fairly acerbic account of a family getting together for Christmas, then changed quite abruptly into a tale of excitement and suspense, and then turned into allegory perhaps. It's almost two different stories. Very unexpected. I'd exercise caution if you're feeling kind of delicate while you [...]

    25. Fuller review hopefully to come, but for now the best short story collection I've read since Nathan Ballingrud's North American Lake Monsters: Stories. I might even have to give the nod to this one for its diversity. Some stories are set in the modern day, some in antiquity, some in space. Some are literature, some are action. Just incredible.

    26. Excellent collection of short stories which span several genres from realistic to sci fi to suspense. There was only one story that I did not like (The Island). The rest fully engaged me. My favorites were "The Woodpecker and the Wolf" - about a woman on a mission to Mars, "The Weir" - about a man recently left by his wife who rescues someone from a suicide attempt, and "Bunny" - about an obese man. Good story-telling and writing, with an emotional edge.

    27. Just finished reading this as I'm styling it for Seeing Ear and I have to say I was a bit disappointed! Some of these stories have been published before in magazines or papers and so if you're looking for new contentere's not much! Some of the stories are good but others felt a little pointless.

    28. Haddon is such a talented story teller, I was tempted to give this collection a 5-stars review, but I find it hard to give, to any collection of shorts, a perfect score, as there is always that one (or more) story that I didn't fully connect with. In this case it was the book's namesake, a morbid tale of disaster. I loved (!!) Wodwo, as well as Bunny, but all the rest were expertly told as well.

    29. Terrific collection: superbly written, with great attention to detail and atmosphere and wide ranging (one set in space, one on a mythical island, one in the jungle, the rest largely contemporary or within living memory). I was gripped and impressed. 4.5 stars - my only caveat was one or two seemed a little too long.

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