- 出版社: Simon & Schuster (2014年3月11日)
- 精装: 272页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1476729964
- 条形码: 0884903216870
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- ASIN: 1476729964
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The Heaven of Animals: Stories (英语)
"[A] wise debut collection... Poissant's characters are often a mess-belligerent, impulsive, smart in all the wrong ways-but he manages their lives with precision, intelligence, and clarity... Beautiful [stories], with a rogue touch." (Rebecca Lee New York Times Book Review)
"A penetrating look at American manhood in the new century." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
“The Heaven of Animals targets the tough and tender dynamics that make and break families.” (Elle)
"Poissant’s work has been compared to Anton Chekhov, Raymond Carver and George Saunders, so it goes without saying that his debut short-stories collection is something special." (New York Post)
“Early reviews have compared Poissant’s stories, which ply the literary territory between realism and allegory, to the work of Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver.” (The Millions)
"The Heaven of Animals might remind readers of two stylistically disparate story collections — Richard Ford’s A Multitude of Sins and Amy Hempel’s The Dog of the Marriage — which are surely not bad company to keep." (Los Angeles Review of Books)
"The Heaven of Animals avoids bleakness, no matter how sad its stories may be, and this is a real achievement...[Poissant's] overall project—trying to wring hope from despair—shows great compassion….This is Poissant’s first book, and if Brock Clarke predicts (in blurb form) that Poissant will become ‘his generation’s Richard Ford,’ who am I to argue?” (Electric Literature)
"An engaging, well-crafted collection... The author’s deep caring for his characters surfaces in his compassionate attempts to unpack the perplexities of the human condition. Poissant’s thoroughly realist style and tight storytelling will appeal to fans of Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, and George Saunders." (Booklist)
“[Poissant] presents layered storylines and realistically flawed characters in his first collection of short stories.… Through his artful storytelling, [Poissant] gives us a glimpse into the loneliness, the brokenness, and ultimately, the importance, of our emotional connections with others.” (Highbrow Magazine)
“[A] collection of vicious and heartbreaking vignettes.” (The Orlando Sentinel)
David James Poissant’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, One Story, The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, and Playboy. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.
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Every instant of this book reveals small moments the author wants is to see. "He watched Joshua smoke the cigarette to the filter, watched him drop, then grind, the butt into the sidewalk with the bright toe of a brown leather boot." From that particular action, we learn about Joshua's character, that he has shaped his life around trivial habits from which he is not easily dislodged. I could blather on, but won't. Get the book. Read it.
Poissant's writing is straightforward but full of amazing images that stay with the reader long after the book is finished. Two of my favorite stories in the collection are "Amputee," in which a man grieving over his broken marriage encounters a most unusual young girl, and the title story, "The Heaven of Animals," in which a father risks everything to travel to his dying son.
I highly recommend this thoroughly engaging set of stories.