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Wells Tower

Teoksen Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned tekijä

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Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 411 kappaletta
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Avustaja — 265 kappaletta
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Avustaja — 169 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 32: 2024 AD (2009) — Avustaja — 147 kappaletta
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Avustaja — 144 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 (2015) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 44 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2013) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (2010) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
Best Food Writing 2016 (2016) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Tower, Wells
Syntymäaika
1973
Sukupuoli
male
Kansalaisuus
USA
Syntymäpaikka
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Asuinpaikat
New York, VS
Koulutus
Wesleyan University
Columbia University
Ammatit
short story writer
non-fiction writer
Organisaatiot
GQ

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3.5 couple of good stories/some good lines
 
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Mcdede | 61 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 19, 2023 |
I read it and thought Hmm, Barry Hannah Jr. Then I read he’d studied with him. But I already own a ton of Barry Hannah.
 
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71737477 | 61 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 12, 2023 |
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned certainly lives up to its title. Wells Tower’s collection of stories is nearly all about people whose lives have been blighted by fallings-out with family or loved ones.

Most of the stories are about a particular incident, and usually end with no resolution, and not even a suggestion of a hopeful outcome. You sometimes sense an ellipsis lurking behind his endings; there is more to this, but he’s not sharing it. Characters have little back-story, which is fair enough in a short story, but it leads them to be a little one-dimensional. One story I did like was In the Show about a single night in a funfair. It’s full of incident with quite a few characters getting attention, and more background filled in than Tower usually gives us. It’s stronger as a result, but still has a little bit of that ellipsis lurking at the end.

The eponymous story is the last in the collection and unusual in that it is a piece of historical fiction rather than set in the contemporary USA. It’s a story about some Viking raiders setting out on a voyage to pillage Lindisfarne. It’s an interesting idea for a story, and I was getting quite engaged until Tower fatally marred it with risible anachronisms like “gung-ho motherf***er” and “hassle”. There’s no excuse for horrible writing like that, and both Tower and his editors should hang their collective heads in shame.

Since I really only enjoyed one story in this collection, I can’t say I recommend it particularly. Maybe others might get ore out of Tower’s writing than I did. I think his stories lack the humour and style that might lift them above the pack in the manner of, say, Tony Birch. Instead, he has just written a collection of very downbeat, sometimes silly stories that would only appeal to somebody who needs a darn good depressing.
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gjky | 61 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 9, 2023 |
Note to self: David Sedaris says " in terms of 'great' as in 'this person seems to have reinvented the English language', I'd say [Towers' book]. What an exciting story collection it is, unlike anything I've come across. "
April 15 NYTBR
 
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TeresaBlock | 61 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 14, 2023 |

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