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You Could Ever Care To could ever care to Half something half another thing from Mexico The dogs had been smelling Buzbee and his camp all night and were nearly crazed their chests strained and Swelled Like Barrels Of Apples Like Hearts like barrels of apples like hearts anger and they jumped and twisted and tugged against their leashes pulling Hollingsworth and Jesse behind them in a stumbling run through the wet grasses Froth came from their muzzles their rubbery lips Their eyes were wild They were too hard to hold They pulled free of their leashes and raced silently like the fastest thing in the world accelerating across the field and into the woods straight for the camp the straightest thing that ever was from The Watch Rating 5 of the fullest galena blue stars there ever was Without uestion this is my favorite group of short stories thus far Bass ability to suck ou in these somewhat far fetched crazed tales that somehow CES GLUCIDES QUI MENACENT NOTRE CERVEAU you know have some root of truth to his own life experiences is second to none Unlike similarly crafted tales Barry Hannah s Airships comes to mind the word usage and perspectives are simplistic enough that there s no need to strain for meaning and fluid thoughtit doesn t hurtour brain to figure it all out Yet he can put statements and visual thoughts together and leave Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you thinking how did he do that but also I know EXACTLY what he s describing I would detail to suckou in if it wouldn t ruin the pleasure Ce qu'il reste de nous you might have when discovering each story asou go Not a weak one in the bunch in my opinion I can t recommend this strongly enough if ou enjoy uick witted hearty purposeful but entertaining tales How anyone could rate this below a 4 is a mystery to me I m pretty rusty on writing lengthy reviews This book was so damn good that my review will never do justice There are few books that come along that I want to savor rather than plow through but I took my time with this one I read only a few short stories at a time so that they wouldn t blur together but would still impress me with the way they intertwined and kept bringing me to a familiar feeling I sort of spent the whole time with my heart breaking I kept wanting the men in my life to be like the men in these stories with all their longing and flaws I then realized that they probably wereMy favorites were The Watch Juggernaut Wild Horses and In Ruth s Country Sidenote I thought In Ruth s Country would be impossible for me to enjoy as the copy of the book I purchased had markings on that story and that story only THANK GOD that were so elementary and seemed so far off the mark such a stretch to tie things together that it really distracted me Thankfully it only took six pages for me to overlook this and really appreciate this oneBack to
My Favorites They Are My favorites they are my in how memorable the stories are as a whole Yet I also keep finding myself thinking about snippets of Mississippi which I believe is the shortest of them all at a little less than 8 pages This is the writing that I crave I know it is something special when I want to read every single word This is one that will never leave my shelf because I ll be reading it again and again when I need something to stir me up and make me really feel something and transport me to a place that is all too real rather than the fantasy world of so many other books Rick Bass has hooked another I loved it It is modern in its jumpy imperfect thought lines and use of ordinary broken words like real life unafraid to be orginal Perhaps it is because I was 29 when it was published and the stories of recklessness kookiness and the particular American pathos of the people about my age at the time resonated On the surface the narrator is a passive observer of the exploits of his friends but its true male personality is fully revealed in his views concerns and private afflictions There is no artifice here no experimental MFA style cleverness just pure storytelling of the way it is in our infected American culture Bass stories harkened to the craziness and tragic machismo of the oung Jim Harrison and the zaniness with less exaggeration of TC Boyle The unflinching and poignancy of Raymond Carver is also e The depth and array of emotions and feeling to Bass s stories is fantastic and while I m not generally a fan of short stories this is really excellent I m a fan. Inous tales stir the heart with wonder as they resonate with hard won truths With a title story that is “an American classic” Newsweek The Watch is a landmark in contemporary short fictio. Hat everyone in the story is crippling obsessed the reader i not left to determine that by what isn t saidA Look AroundThe other stories in here range from the
heartbreaking In Ruth s Country and Wild Horses to the uplifting Redfish Most of the time In Ruth s Country and Wild Horses to the uplifting Redfish Most of the time Bass "prefers to wander around in different stages of uestioning ending his stories "to wander around in different stages of uestioning ending his stories characters saying What next not unlike the stories in Raymond Carver s CathedralThe main difference and one of Bass s greatest strengths is that he doesn t imply or even hint at an upward hook of hope at the end of his stories Rather the characters in The Watch are left wondering and underlining the uestions with a smile on their face for some reason they might not even know Full disclosure I am new to short story collections I ve read a ton of short stories and I ve written a few but I have never sat down to read an entire collection of stories by one author one story after the other So this is new for me All in all I greatly enjoyed The Watch by Rick Bass His prose is electric in that sometimes it runs smoothly and beautifully and in the same page will skip synapses with great energy I think through the first few stories I had a hard time catching up Like I mentioned before I felt like something grand was happening before me but I was missing it eyes glued to the trees soul missed the forestMidway through the collection gained traction I could not stop reading the title story and I will be reading it again And then Juggernaut In Ruth s Country Wild Horses I was sucked into each of these worlds and fell in love with every character Each story seemed completely real and wonderful and honest and heartbreaking What I did love without a doubt was Bass s ability to form fully realized characters You never forget that each character is a real person even the fringe characters so full of wants and needs and confusion That s what I loved most When Kotlin - Les fondamentaux du dveloppement d'applications Android you read these storiesou remember this whole world is feeling the pangs of life For instance I am not an animal person really but the mulethe story of the mule in Wild Horses is enough to break my heart I cannot stop thinking about this damn muleVery good collection in my amatuer opinion What s nice is the ease of re reading I know I ll go back to read the four stories I mentionedMy favorites Wild HorsesIn Ruth s CountryJuggernautThe WatchRedfish These stories are beautiful and disturbing and despite this being Bass first published collection the writing is surprisingly poignant His succinct use of common speech is refreshing revealing the stories in a natural way one steeped in oral tradition Even his experimental forms Cats and Students Bubbles and Abysses for example seem like they are driven by voice In a way Bass achieves a sort of mastery of dialogue where speakers and their particular dialects are translated as well as the meaningful silences the situations where our words sometime fail usOn a side note Mr Bass story from the 2008 Pushcart Prize Goats is considerably different in style lyrically or descriptively rich the sentences also far structurally complex but remains particularly strong in dialogue He is well on his way to becoming one of my favorite short story authors of all time You wouldn t believe me if I told ou how deep Rick Bass is like Seamus Heaney s spade digging inching toward the heart of the matter his pen snug as a gun His characters study the depth vastness and immensity of their longing with borders and limitations that are difficult to remember in the haze of desire The stories are told with gorgeous simplicity and I just loved how the narrative darted around the place like electrons misfiring in the brain I could probably count on one hand how many times Rick Bass actually gave it all up to the reader that secret delicate wisdom he had me orbiting or ducking I seemed to always be asking is this going to hurt Mexico Choteau Juggernaut and In Ruth s Country were pretty darn perfect as short stories go but all are so important To share a few of my favourite bits You go out into the desert said the professor and in our dig Colp you try to find a fossil tree the trunk of a big stout one the euivalent I suppose of our live oaks today a good jumping tree and then from that inour diggings Dressage conjugal you radiate work outward andou start finding these little half bi. Ng in spirit if not always in fact to the American outback to the deserts of Utah the swamps of Mississippi the remote ranges of the Rockies Strong and inventive funny and lyrical these lum. Sometimes I think there s only one kind of guy I could trip and fall flat on my face for and he has this book asleep by his bed folded in his back pocket faded and dog eared
in the passenger seatReserving the last star solely because I want to read so much of what the passenger seatReserving the last star solely because I want to read so much of what writes First reviewed March 2010 May 2012There are a lot of books I love but honestly this might be my favorite of favorites There s nothing like the smile on my face when I flip page 47 from Choteau to The Watch and there s that first line When Hollingsworth s father Buzbee was seventy seven Leyna Book 1 years old he was worth a thousand dollars that summer and fall Soes I read this front to back in an afternoon like I do a few times each summer It s impossible sometimes to go back to the world where nobody thinks the way this book does especia A wonderful book of short stories celebrating life I have handed out far too many fives lately but my recent reading list has warranted it I have to compare this to so many other story collections that are jaded and cynical et outstanding in their way This book never avoids or abandons the harshness of reality but skips around it and focuses on the better elements the love the small joys the stolen freedoms The Watch helps us realize that despite life s pitfalls there is still great joy to be found in the experience n the debut short story collection from Rick Bass nature and life are inseparable as they show the lengths to which people will go to not lose themselvesSet mostly in open woodland areas both literal and figurative The Watch WW Norton Co ISBN 039331135X 1989 finds Rick Bass creating landscapes characters and situations that are naturally flawed and dealing with it These ten stories are certainly about the male perception of the outdoors but they also deal with an overarching fear of growth relationships and being something small at the mouth of something bigNature and CharacterBass tends to create his stories around the dominance of beauty and honesty in nature making the two concepts inseparable He writes largely about the American Southwest but his charm is strictly Southern clarity manners and a harrowing sense of truthProof is found in a story like Mexico or Redfish Their slightly absurd characters eccentric drinkers who refuse to grow up find themselves in situations that aren t cheap uirks to make a character stand out but rather defining traits of a real person and his or her life Juggernaut and the Rick Bass TrickA reader may realize upon reaching the end of Juggernaut that Rick Bass is a tricky guy Like every other story in this collection Juggernaut was written in a laid back tone that managed to be both detailed and poetic without being too much of either Also like the other stories in this collection Juggernaut felt like Bass was almost taking the reader for a ride falling back on the prose and language the charisma and not the storyBut when the end of Juggernaut is reached there s a realization that Bass was telling the story the whole time even when he wasn t He poses the uestions Aren t we all like the Juggernauts both a real juggernaut and a member of the hockey team in the story Aren t we all just scrambling trying to crush everything fighting for glory and against reality trying to make the glory and the fight the reality The endings sneak up and attack much like the wilderness these characters freuentThe Right DetailsThe stories here aren t barebones or minimalistic at all What these stories manage to do is contain description that is both relevant and plentiful This isn t A Clean Well Lighted Place or anything from What We Talk About When We Talk About Love short bleak stories that contain just enough to destroy Instead of being scant with just enough detail Bass puts in a surplus of just the right detailRick Bass gives the reader a grand long form short story like The Watch And Fills It Full Of Descriptive Intertwined Stories A and fills it full of descriptive intertwined stories A thing like Jessie dumping out less and less of his Coke before drinking and mirror his obsession but it also plays into Hollingsworth s tiny shop representing his obsession with his father his obsession with loneliness and emptiness They converge to bring back Buzbee Hollingsworth s father an old man who ran away for the sake of freedom leaving Hollingsworth alone and worthless Despite the fact In this extraordinary fiction debut Rick Bass establishes himself in the first rank of American writers Rooted in the creative traditions of the South his stories introduce us to men who belo.
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