• Title: The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
  • Author: Amy Hempel
  • ISBN: 9780743291637
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel Amy Hempel is a master of the short story This celebrated volume gathers together her complete work four short collections of stunning stories about marriages minor disasters and moments of revelati
    Amy Hempel is a master of the short story This celebrated volume gathers together her complete work four short collections of stunning stories about marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation With her inimitable compassion and wit, Hempel introduces characters who make choices that seem inevitable, and whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human expeAmy Hempel is a master of the short story This celebrated volume gathers together her complete work four short collections of stunning stories about marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation With her inimitable compassion and wit, Hempel introduces characters who make choices that seem inevitable, and whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience For readers who have known Hempel s work for decades and for those who are just discovering her, this indispensable volume contains all the stories in Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage No reader of great writing should be without it.

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    1. This is one of those books that has you rereading sentences over and over again, not because you couldn't parse their basic meaning, but because you suspect that a second reading will glean another, more subtle bit of information. It will also make you want to own a dog. It will also have you falling in love with Amy Hempel and wanting to make her your bride, in a house on the countryside with a weedy garden and a swamp nearby.I started reading God of Small Things within five minutes of finishin [...]

    2. Amy Hempel writes intriguing, beautifully constructed sentences. Piecemeal they are pretty darn awesome. Here's the rub. I'm not sure if how one incredible sentence leads into another is coherent enough for me. I found a major disconnect. It's like being walked into a conversational corner, like recently when my sister in law compared the intrigues of Tupperware parties with Australian parliament. There may be true enough correlations, but I just couldn't get there. Either place.On the other han [...]

    3. The reason for reading this book was because I could not otherwise get away from this lady until doing so. One such instance involved an innocent perusal of Raymond Carver's entry, and there was Hempel and Gordon Lish sitting one booth over and trying to look conspicuously casual. Another time I was cruising Palahniuk (feeling all manly and disenfranchised, of course), and there she was again, rocking back and forth on her heels expectantly after blurting out an awkward "Hi!". This is obviously [...]

    4. i kind of just want to copy one of her stories and so that's what i'm going to do. her stories are pretty short and this may be the shortest of them all. it's called:"The Man in Bogata"The police and emergency service people fail to make a dent. The voice of the pleading spouse does not have the hoped-for effect. The woman remains on the ledge -- though not, she threatens, for long.I imagine that I am the one who must talk the woman down. I see it, and it happens like this.I tell the woman about [...]

    5. I know it's a cliche, but some of these stories just took my breath away. "In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is buried" is just extraordinary, but there are at least a half a dozen other stories which are just as good. This book contains all four collections of short stories written by Hempel over the last 20 years and has been praised to the skies. Deservedly so, IMO. Some of the stories are less than a page long, but they all pack a punch.A couple of months later, and I'm downgrading this review [...]

    6. Am I the only reader who doesn't take pleasure in reading Amy Hempel? She is always praised for writing "the perfect sentence," for the way she distills a story to its poetic essence, for writing precise little gems. (Some stories are less than two pages long.) How can I describe my aversion? Is it that I feel like I'm being toyed with? That Hempel's spareness is a literary exercise? There's a chill in her writing that comes from that spareness, I think. There was one story that was superb, "In [...]

    7. Debo ser desconfiada por naturaleza, porque cuando veo que un libro tiene críticas muy dispares (unas muy buenas y otras malísimas) sospecho, pero lo cierto es que también desconfío cuando un libro sólo tiene críticas excelentes. Para mí es más fácil creer que un libro está sobrevalorado que no que es tan bueno que consigue que todos los críticos se pongan de acuerdo. Por supuesto, me pasó esto mismo con los cuentos de Amy Hempel. Os desafío a que encontréis una crítica mala de Am [...]

    8. No me queda más que animarles a que corran a su librería de confianza y que amenacen a su librero de confianza con comprar vía internet Cuentos Completos, de Amy Hempel, si no se lo proporciona en unos días. Les aseguro que nadie saldrá herido. Crítica completa: libros-prohibidos/amy-

    9. Every story is a treasure - a puzzle box, or a quilt of memories - every sentence like an imperceptible razor.

    10. This author was recommended to me by Chuck Palahniuk. That dude's crazy. I liked her stories though.

    11. I workshopped a story about a dog in one of my fiction writing classes at school last semester, and several people informed me that I needed to read Amy Hempel. They told me that she wrote these great stories that always had dogs in them. They always have dogs in them? I asked. That's like her trademark?And while I was busy sort of mocking this idea, one of my friends pointed out that I had written a story about a dog, and I found myself out of excuses.And wow, am I ever glad that I read the wor [...]

    12. Hempel has a way of making you aware of the mundane and fractured events of your life, taking stock in what normally wouldn't make the final edit of your "This Is Your Life" reel. I both get her and don't, connect with her narrators ( I use the plural, but they all seem to be fundamentally the same) and loathe them at the same time. I was amazed to read this collection, which includes stories from previous books spanning many years, and near the end feel like these stories were meant to be read [...]

    13. "Quiero que me hables sin tapujos, con matices, con sutileza, con exactitud. Quiero que emplees un lenguaje minucioso, distinguido, que tenga el aura de lo inexpresable, pero que sea lírico" Así dice la propia escritora Amy Hempel en su cuento Santuario. Y qué mejor forma de expresarlo. Por fin tenemos edición de todos los cuentos de esta maestra de la narrativa corta. Si bien, la traducción es mejorable, pero ah, qué cuentos, qué profundidad en el alma de todos los personajes. Es la épi [...]

    14. Da gustare a piccole dosi Eccellenti i primi racconti, taglienti anzi affilati, giusti al limite del crudele. La scelta di raccogliere in un solo volume tutti i racconti non è indovinata: ogni periodo ha un suo ritmo, un suo mondo, una cadenza ed avvicinare gli uni agli altri in una sola volta produce effetti indigesti. Leggeteli separatamente.

    15. It'd been a while since I reread the entirety of Hempel's Collected. There are certain stories I revisit with regularity—"In the Cemetery," "Today Will Be a Quiet Day," "The Harvest," "The Most Girl Part of You," "The Dog of the Marriage"—but I felt an urge to go through them all again, and I'm so glad I did. Not that it delivered me unto anything I didn't already know—Amy Hempel is a genius, and on the Mount Rushmore of short story writers, DUH—but it was a pleasure to reread stories th [...]

    16. Tolta l’acqua dalla soluzione, restano i sali. I racconti di Carver sono corsi d’acqua che osserviamo scorrere fino all’istante prima di svoltare in un’ansa, o un istante dopo essere precipitati nella cascata. La Hempel invece asciuga i suoi per ottenere puri aggregati salini (non è un caso che lei, Lish, lo ringrazi). Lo schema si ripete più o meno identico: aggregato di informazioni irrilevanti/futili che sottendono il Significato + perla di saggezza finale. Quindi il giochino intell [...]

    17. This has all four of Amy Hempel's short story collections in one volume. I am assigning it four stars mostly on the strength of her first collection, Reasons to Live published way back in the 1980s. I kept thinking "a female Richard Brautigan" while reading her early stories. Quirky subjects and bizarre dialogue. You just never know where she's going to go next. Three of my four favorite stories in the whole book are from this first collection. The other three collections just don't have that ed [...]

    18. There is some really terrific material in this collection; Hempel has a remarkable talent for refreshing turns of phrase and revealing details that lesser writers would never consider. At their best the stories exude sprightly spontaneity along with shrewd perceptions of human emotions and shortcomings. Hempel's voice is consistently wry, tough, and wise (but never self-important or excessively pessimistic). She's charming and disarming, yet unafraid of packing emotional punches; candid honesty [...]

    19. Annie Dillard writes in one of her books about a young student approaching his famous writer/professor. "So you think I can be a great writer?" asks the student. "I don't know. Do you like sentences?"" answers his teacher. I thought about this as I read Amy Hempel's book because I paused after so many sentences while reading. Paused not only for "wow" but paused also for "mmm" and paused also for "ouch", like when the sentence evoked the memory of hurt (to you or by you). If you like to write, t [...]

    20. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel is actually four books in one. The book pulls together the short stories published in Hempel's collections Reasons to Live (1985), At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (1990), Tumble Home (1997), and The Dog of the Marriage (2005). Hempel's writing is dark and often funny. Her imagery is always memorable ("her voice has lost weight"). And her observations (via her narrators) about her characters are always telling ("He could not wait to get rid of them so he cou [...]

    21. It was hard for me to read this book without constantly thinking about the agonizing amount of work that had to go into every single sentence. I kept picturing this frowny-faced, chain-smoking woman slumped over a typewriter desperately trying to warp every word to express exactly what she wanted. The end result was appropriately rewarding.

    22. Appena conclusa - finalmente! - la faticosa lettura di queste quattro raccolte - assemblate - di racconti, apro un quotidiano e leggo un articolo dal titolo "Il primo consiglio allo scrittore: tieni sempre conto del tuo lettore"; rimanda alle "22 regole della Pixar sullo storytelling", e quella che ribadisce il concetto già sintetizzato nel titolo è la seconda, che recita: "Devi tenere a mente quello che ti interessa come lettore, non quello che ti diverte fare come scrittore. Le due cose poss [...]

    23. 2.5 stars. Good stories keenly observed and literately told. I had a hard time deciding whether to go with 2 or 3 stars. I prefer to read books, whether fiction or nonfiction, that don't seem like the author is either taking him- or herself too seriously or is trying too hard to write capital-L Literature, and Amy Hempel does both. And she's very good at it, which is why, of course, she's beloved of literary critics and writers alike.

    24. Amy Hempel's powerful fiction will make you cry, will make you laugh, and finally will break your heart and then wring it out to dry.Readers, she will teach you what it means to read fiction again.Writers, beware - there is a Ramadhir Singh inside her that wants to tell you ki "Rehne do beta, tumse na ho payega" Or as Chuck Palahniuk, the writer who introduced me to Amy Hempel's fiction says, "You will write, but you will never write this well."

    25. I have a friend who once wanted to learn to play guitar. But, when he heard Jimi Hendrix play, he decided to give up the instrument because he couldn't imagine himself ever being able to play like that. Amy Hempel makes me feel the same way about writing--my fledgling attempts at writing fiction look clumsy and silly next to Ms. Hempel's elegant and delicate prose.Ms. Hempel has a reputation for being a minimalist writer. Not being a literature major, I'm unsure of the exact definition of that t [...]

    26. Amy Hempel is a pretty pretty cool lady. She writes kind of like Joan Didion, except a little funnier and with more stories about dogs. I really enjoyed this compilation of her four short story books, which is full of simple yet touching musings on California, animals, painters, infidelity, loss -- and starting anew after loss. Many stories touch on dark issues but I would say that overall, her work is quite uplifting. And "The Dog of the Marriage," a story about a woman who trains cute pups to [...]

    27. Her sentences are clear and hard and sometimes heavy, like glass I-beams. That's a bad metaphor, because they aren't transparent; the sentences are the things you notice the most. I first read Amy Hempel's story, "The Harvest," a while ago. I don't remember who told me about it. Someone in a writing group somewhere. I found it online and thought it was the most compressed, sharp blade of a story I'd ever read. I saved it somewhere on a now-defunct laptop. But now I've got the collection. Most of [...]

    28. This is a book that many fiction writers have been waiting for for a long time, especially since Hempel's "Reasons to Live" has been out of print for a while. Essentially, this omnibus collection gathers together Hempel's four books of short fiction, including her most recent "The Dog of the Marriage." The book has been widely lauded in the press, but I will just say here that if you are looking to read some short stories by a master of minimalist fiction whose work is wryly funny and sad at the [...]

    29. Hempel is amazing. Her prose is as crisp and sharp as you'll find and yet, enviably, appears effortless. Her style reminds me of a writing instructor of mine, who would always ask us: "Is every word in that sentence necessary? How much would you pay for that one there?" The lesson being, if you wouldn't lay your money on the line for any extraneous words, why include them? If Hempel took my instructor's class, she would be the teacher's pet. Every word in Hempel's stories has a purpose and every [...]

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