A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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Not so sure anymore, of my views, and reminded that my view-maker is always a little bit off: it’s limited, it’s too easily satisfied, with too little data. Saunders acknowledges the reader must be fretting with impatience, and notes that the better the story, the more annoying the exercise is. Well, in terms of the complexity, the only complex thing in that character is his natural simplicity. At the end, it was a very unusual, but fruitful reading experience, though I disagreed with quite a few interpretations of the individual stories. I love that Saunders describes the rain as a kind of character in the story, a character who makes the protagonists unhappy (when they are caught in the rain), and a character who is locked out of the story at its end.

Had it not been for a GR friend, who alerted us that the last line missed on an important expression that is quite clear in Russian but misleading and hinting the opposite meaning in translation, I would have interpreted the main character in the same way as Saunders did. The world is full of people with agendas, trying to persuade us to act on their behalf (spend on their behalf, fight and die on their behalf, oppress others on their behalf).

Desde un punto de vista de la creación literaria, los fundamentos de la escritura de relatos breves están presentes en estos cuentos, claramente expuestos. Perhaps it’s less like applying a series of lessons and more like the training of an intuition that flashes between hand, eye, mind. Years ago, on the phone with Bill Buford, then fiction editor of The New Yorker, enduring a series of painful edits, feeling a little insecure, I went fishing for a compliment: "But what do you like about the story? I received an MFA (my advisor was short story master Stu Dybek of Chicago), featuring four of these stories, long ago.

I love that Saunders’ approach to teaching is to highlight this imperative; that’s where art gets made. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. I think I would have actually preferred to see how he would have handled seven stories from different time periods, written with different types of readers in mind.Pero lo que vino después fue uno de los periodos más sangrientos de la Historia, así que es razonable concluir que no importan las cimas que la creación artística y el pensamiento puedan alcanzar, nunca es suficiente para evitar la barbarie. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. I can't say that I like classic Russian short stories any more now than I did before reading this book, but my appreciation for them has definitely grown. The result is an uptick in our attentiveness; subtly rebuffed by the story, we get, we might say, a new respect for its truthfulness. It’s been years since I earned my MFA in poetry at Columbia University, and more years than that since I studied literature at the University of Florida.

Reading short stories with George Saunders over my shoulder helping me to appreciate and unpack them is now the only way I want to read short stories? Re-reading and revising your first draft is the single most important lesson you'll probably learn from most creative writing classes. In each of the seven stories he dissects, Saunders walks us through their technique while giving us a generous helping of his own thoughts on life, literature and the way those two interact in our reading minds.

These stories we've just read were written during an incredible seventy-year artistic renaissance in Russia.

Over the last ten years I've had a chance to give readings and talks all over the world and meet thousands of dedicated readers.Then, Saunders would comment in a separate short chapters -“afterthoughts” about his own process of writing. Thus, Saunders' analysis of "how it's built" or "how the story works" could as easily fascinate a student of reading as a student of writing. The Darling' proceeds faster, but along similar analysis, showing a more dialed-out view of the rhythm of a story. The feeling this book evokes is familiarity and calm in a classroom about a subject you are passionate about. unfailingly, often thrillingly illuminating … Published any time, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain would be a joyous reminder that fiction is “the most effective mode of mind-to-mind communication ever devised”.



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