Collected Stories (2020)

Collected Stories Peter Carey is justly renowned for his novels which have included the Booker Prize winning titles Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang He is also a dazzling writer of short stories an
  • Title: Collected Stories
  • Author: Peter Carey
  • ISBN: 9780571175864
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Collected Stories
    Peter Carey is justly renowned for his novels, which have included the Booker Prize winning titles Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang He is also a dazzling writer of short stories and this volume collects together all the stories from The Fat Man in History and War Crimes as well as three other stories not previously published in book form.The stories, pPeter Carey is justly renowned for his novels, which have included the Booker Prize winning titles Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang He is also a dazzling writer of short stories and this volume collects together all the stories from The Fat Man in History and War Crimes as well as three other stories not previously published in book form.The stories, persuasive and precisely crafted, reveal Carey to be a moralist with a sense of humour, a surrealist interested in naturalism and an urban poet delighting in paradox.Contents Do You Love Me The Last Days of a Famous Mime Kristu Du Crabs Life Death in the South Side Pavilion Room No 5 Escribo Happy Story A Million Dollars Worth of Amphetamines Peeling A Windmill in the West Concerning the Greek Tyrant Withdrawal Report on the Shadow Industry Joe The Puzzling Nature of Blue Conversations with Unicorns American Dreams The Fat Man in History The Uses of Williamson Wood Exotic Pleasures A Schoolboy Prank The Journey of a Lifetime The Chance Fragrance of Roses He Found Her in Late Summer War Crimes A Letter to Our Son
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    1. I hesitate using the L word on this, Christmas morning, because, you know, everyone is walking around with that distant, vacant look in their eyes That look that says, stop talking, please, I m bloated and can t think, and I can use a little hair of the dog that bit me, this fine, blessed morning.But anyway, most short story collections I ve read and enjoyed have been of the Literary nature, with everyday, common settings and with emphasis on the characters What struck me with Peter Carey s coll [...]

    2. I feel like Peter Carey is an author who abuses his talent Of the many stories in this book, I think I enjoyed about three Do You Love Me , American Dreams and Happy Story the latter because it was one of the very few that did not have explicit content Maybe I m just immature wait maybe who am I kidding I m as immature as 17 can get , but I don t understand why this kind of stuff is needed to express every darn view of his If they re not explicit, they re just plain weird And not in a good way I [...]

    3. There s no other way to describe this collection other thanholy crap There are some really, really confronting stories here I mean it Lots of swearing, some very freaky ideas, and many stories that make you sit up in astonishment.As an English teacher and a reader this collection speaks to my soul The content is just so meaty, earthy, and goddamn interesting Each story has depth and breadth Not all were to my taste, in fact some stories are distasteful and some are downright yucky.And there is N [...]

    4. Only read 2 stories, Do You Love Me and Kristu Du I really liked the concept behind Do You Love Me and I found the idea of people disappearing when they cease to be loved quite interesting and terrifying at the same time I don t share the same feelings about Kristu Du , though I found it long, boring and without much meaning.

    5. I think I was too stupid for these stories as I think the meanings were lost on me I ll give them the benefit of the doubt and hope I ll like them better when I understand them But, for now, I m sticking to a two star rating.

    6. I hardly understood any of these stories and most of them made me feel quite uncomfortable and slightly violated, but at the same time they provoked copious amounts of thought and I walked away totally in awe of Carey s controversial imagination.

    7. Some of the most brilliant short stories I ve ever read The Last Days of a Famous Mime is fantastically good, and fantastically good to teach I don t know about Carey as a novelist, but as a short story writer I think he s one of the twenty first century s best Damn that sounded pretentious.

    8. I can t believe it took me so long to discover Peter Carey All I can say in my defence is that maybe he s an acquired taste Possibly I made a mistake by starting off with one of his novels I slogged through a few pages of Bliss, many years ago, but couldn t get into it Maybe I found non fiction accounts of NDEs interesting, or the prose seemed bogged in vivid description Then I read an extract from Oscar and Lucinda in Making Stories by Kate Grenville and Sue Woolfe hardly fair to Carey it put [...]

    9. Peter Carey has rapidly become one of my favourite authors, so reading some of his short stories seemed in order He s had a few collections published this 2001 edition is, I think, the most comprehensive, combining his previous volumes The Fat Man in History and War Crimes, and adding a few extra stories which had previously been unpublished.Although most of them take place in no particular time or place, the majority of these stories were written in the 1970s, before Carey turned his hand to wr [...]

    10. This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there for in depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule Collected Stories by Peter Carey is a set text for one of my literature classes, as it is a good example of Post Modernism As such, I was not very interested in reading it, but my other alternatives were Feminism and Constructions of Gender The short stories are clearly critiquing society, and so are not particularly comfortable to read.These collected [...]

    11. Carey, simply put, is a genius Sadly, all too often, the right bastard spoils his handiwork in an almost too obvious manner, like a Japanese potter utilizing the concept of wabi sabi to save his work from the possibility of perfection I read most of these stories at absolutely the wrong time for me My own vulnerabilities and alienation hovering about the edges of my consciousness made reading so many of these things like twisting the knife in my own psyche Still one can t blame Carey for such a [...]

    12. While well written, Peter Carey c collected stories just aren t for me The collection, written in the style of magic realism, uses disjointed time and unresolved narratives, with plots that shift and change focus mid story Characters are often in strange situations and there are themes such as dreams, entrapment, cannibalism, sex, fantastical creatures, rewritten history and many other strange focuses However, Carey s prose is wonderful, clear and enthralling and wonderfully descriptive, which h [...]

    13. A diverse bunch of stories that are always clever, sometimes a bit too aware of it and often a bit strange, and again sometimes too aware of it There are times when Carey seems to be pushing hard to make things clever and strange, and others when it seems so effortless it s nothing but a pleasure to read His imagery is always striking, even when he fumbles it his language is almost always precise and measured, yet retains an essential freedom There s a lot here to like, a few things to be impres [...]

    14. Peter Carey is a weird and wonderful dude nearly all of his stories are twisted and warped, driven by flawed characters At the same time he has this innate ability to deconstruct the human condition in a engaging way that forces you to stop and think I d like to have see some of his stories further fleshed out I could imagine the likes of The Chance making great full length novels I generally enjoy books with characters like the ones within Collected Stories they aren t shining protagonists and [...]

    15. This book boasts a liberal dollop of favorable praise from a wide variety of publications, but I m personally unimpressed The guy is trying way too hard When I buy a book of short stories, I have an expectation that somebody s going to tell me a darn story, not that I m going to have to wade my way through the bloated pretentious verbal secretions of a self indulgent brain When a 3 page story seems interminable, it s time to relegate the book to the garage sale Think I m exaggerating Here is a s [...]

    16. A clearly talented writer, Peter Carey could perhaps be criticised for trying too hard While some of the short stories in this collection are excellent, others are straining under their own literary self importance They feel bloated Perhaps also the publishers could have been selective with the stories used in this collection The quality varies too much from one to the next fortunately for all involved it is never outright bad, just disappointing or sometimes dull, while at the other end of the [...]

    17. definitely going to look into his novels now favorites include The Chance definitely 5 stars , Kristu Du , Concerning the Greek Tyrant and A Million Dollars Worth of Amphetamines Room No 5 Escribo would make a fantastic short film so would .Amphetamines which could easily be stretched to feature length and Withdrawal actually, most of them would be interesting on screen, but those seem most feasible others would need substantial dream scifi scale effects, is my guess.

    18. Each story was either a hit or miss for me I loved about half of the 26 short stories, while the others were sort of meh At one point I put down the novel for about week only because I was finding one of the stories so boring.However, the originality in some of these stories is just epic If you re a fan of bleak, unpredictable, violent, unique and thought provoking stories then I d recommend this collection And the amount of allegories in some of these stories is crazy

    19. I have read the first four stories so far It has been quite fascinating Peter Carey is really good at fantasizing bitter realities The stories can be good for everybody, from those who are looking for short stories to just flip through to those who are serious about writing short stories and novels.When I finish I will write a comprehensive comment on this book It has impressed me a lot Cheers

    20. I studied this collection for yr 12 Literature and thoroughly enjoyed it although enjoyed may not the the right word Many of Carey s stories are harrowing, but I loved the intricacies of his writing and the themes he addresses I d probably have to say my favourite is Conversations with Unicorns although Do you love me , American Dreams and a few others are up there I wouldn t reccomend this collection to the faint hearted, but to everyone else it s a must read.

    21. Many of these stories are very haunting and visceral, a twist in one of them actually made me physically ill I will try to forget that one The journey of a lifetime but surely I never will In many of these stories, you have no idea of what is coming next from sentence to sentence, an unsettling and riveting effect And then there are a few that are lovely and bittersweet But very few.

    22. Not my cup of tea but I liked some of the stories The Fat Man in History, Peeling, Concerning the Greek Tyrant, American Dreams, A Schoolboy Prank and The Chance I find this kind of writing generally obnoxious and self indulgent However, I m teaching this for Year 12 Literature and it will hopefully serve its purpose and the students will get something out of it.

    23. I had to read these short stories for my year 12 literature class As bizarre as they are, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them The analysis that my class did of these stories was incredibly fun and entertaining I probably wouldn t have read this book if it had not been a class text, however I surprised myself by really enjoying the reading experience.

    24. Insightful and a pleasure to read Carey s stories are as thought provoking as they are hilariously bizarre It s like reading a day dream that comments on society and ridicules our choices that reflect the sociological expectations and authority we identify with.

    25. As I only read the stories prescribed by my Lit teacher I am including this as finished Peeling was by far the most disturbing story in this collection for me, and Conversations With Unicorns was my personal favourite.

    26. Wow These stories are astonishing While I love his novels, I really want to read some Carey stories, but alas, this is all there is He just gets away with so much He actually writes a story about unicorns without being cheezy or invoking an 8 year old girl s bedroom.

    27. From this, I read Do You Love Me It was a strange and interesting story Not great, not terrible, but our class had trouble connecting this story to the concept of postcolonial literature.

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