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True Tales of American Life

Tekijä: Paul Auster

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One of America's foremost writers collects the best stories submitted to NPR's popular monthly show - and illuminates the powerful role storytelling plays in all our lives When Paul Auster and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered introduced The National Story Project, the response was overwhelming. Not only was the monthly show a critical success, but the volume of submissions was astounding. Letters, emails, faxes poured in on a daily basis- more than 4,000 of them by the time the project celebrated its first birthday. Everyone, it seemed, had a story to tell. I Thought Mmy Father Wwas God gathers 180 of these personal, true-life accounts in a single, powerful volume. They come from people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Half of the contributors are men; half are women. They live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and they come from 42 different states. Most of the stories are short, vivid bits of narrative, combining the ordinary and the extraordinary, and most describe a single incident in the writer's life. Some are funny, like the story of how a Ku Klux Klan member's beloved dog rushed out into the street during the annual KKK parade and unmasked his owner as the whole town looked on. Some are mysterious, like the story of a woman who watched a white chicken walk purposefully down a street in Portland, Oregon, hop up some porch steps, knock on the door-and calmly enter the house. Many involve the closing of a loop, like the one about the woman who lost her mother's ashes in a burglary and recovered them five years later from the mortuary of a local church. Hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies, premonitions, sorrows, pains, dreams-this singular collection encompasses an extraordinary range of settings, time periods, and subjects. A testament to the important role storytelling plays in all our lives, I Thought My Father Was God offers a rare glimpse into the American soul.… (lisätietoja)
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Una propuesta inusual: Paul Auster invitó a los oyentes a participar en un programa de radio contando una historia verdadera. La respuesta fue abrumadora: más de cuatro mil relatos de los que Auster seleccionó ciento ochenta, y que componen un volumen extraordinario. La mayoría de las historias son intensos fragmentos narrativos que combinan sucesos ordinarios y extraordinarios. Unas son divertidas, como la historia de cómo el perro de un miembro del Ku Klux Klan apareció corriendo por la calle durante el desfile anual del Klan y le arrebató la capucha a su amo. Otras son misteriosas, como la historia de una mujer que vio cómo un pollo blanco caminaba por una calle de Portland, Oregón, subía a saltos los escalones de un porche, llamaba a la puerta y entraba tranquilamente en la casa.
  Natt90 | Jul 7, 2022 |
Fantastic collection. I have bought this book for so many people. It will make you laugh, cry, and every emotion in between. ( )
  SuzieEN | May 2, 2022 |
I picked this book up at a library sale- thinking from the title that it would be a novel or true story about a child who thought his/her father was God. I hadn't noticed that the rest of the title, written in smaller print on the cover, And Other True Tales From NPR's National Story Project was really what this book was- a collection of short, true stories from listeners of Paul Auster's interview on the radio. He had asked listeners to send in their stories; of strange coincidences, animals, memories, reflections on the war, all kinds of topics. And so this book was the result- a wonderful compilation of anecdotes. Some were far better than others. Perhaps my least favorite was a 2 page meditation on the joys of a martini 😥 But others was more engaging and endearing. There were several stories about childhood friends and enemies and older people. And many about animals, travels, jobs. As another reviewer noted, this is a great book to bring with you if you're going to be waiting for something, like at a bus station or waiting room, or to pick up before bed-then you won't mind being interrupted too much b/c the stories are short. Wonderful little find here. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Dec 1, 2020 |
Paul Auster como editor: Antología de relatos reales seleccionados por Auster, testimonios de oyentes de su programa de radio. ( )
  hernanvillamil | Dec 12, 2019 |
You'd think that this would be a collection of a wide variety of stories, a 'tossed salad' or experiences and beliefs & attitudes. ?Well, not so much. ?áAfter all, most contributors are fans of NPR. ?áAnd they are folks who think they have a story to tell. ?áAnd then Auster selects the ones he likes best. ?áSo, after awhile they start to sound much the same.... ?áI skipped Death and Dreams. ?áI think I found the first section, Animals, most interesting, and the last, Meditations, second most. ?á

Also, these are supposed to be true. ?áWell, even the ones that are most intentionally so, aren't likely to be. ?áMemory plays incredible tricks on us. ?áAnd all the coincidences, like (made-up example:) like losing a bracelet on a beach in Delaware the year your childhood friend had the mumps and was quarantined and so couldn't join you there, and decades later meeting the friend at a flea-market as you both were looking at a table of junk jewelry, and there's your old bracelet.... well, there's lots of nonsense like that in the book. ?áNot saying it's never happened, but that story concept only needed to be included a couple of times. ?áAnd did Auster do anything to verify the veracity of these vignettes? ?á

Anyway, Early Arithmetic" by Sandra Waller is worth getting the book from your library to read. ?áI'm off to see if she's written anything else. ?áEven if it's just a blog, I wanna read it." ( )
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Tiedot ranskankielisestä Yhteisestä tiedosta. Muokkaa kotoistaaksesi se omalle kielellesi.
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One of America's foremost writers collects the best stories submitted to NPR's popular monthly show - and illuminates the powerful role storytelling plays in all our lives When Paul Auster and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered introduced The National Story Project, the response was overwhelming. Not only was the monthly show a critical success, but the volume of submissions was astounding. Letters, emails, faxes poured in on a daily basis- more than 4,000 of them by the time the project celebrated its first birthday. Everyone, it seemed, had a story to tell. I Thought Mmy Father Wwas God gathers 180 of these personal, true-life accounts in a single, powerful volume. They come from people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Half of the contributors are men; half are women. They live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and they come from 42 different states. Most of the stories are short, vivid bits of narrative, combining the ordinary and the extraordinary, and most describe a single incident in the writer's life. Some are funny, like the story of how a Ku Klux Klan member's beloved dog rushed out into the street during the annual KKK parade and unmasked his owner as the whole town looked on. Some are mysterious, like the story of a woman who watched a white chicken walk purposefully down a street in Portland, Oregon, hop up some porch steps, knock on the door-and calmly enter the house. Many involve the closing of a loop, like the one about the woman who lost her mother's ashes in a burglary and recovered them five years later from the mortuary of a local church. Hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies, premonitions, sorrows, pains, dreams-this singular collection encompasses an extraordinary range of settings, time periods, and subjects. A testament to the important role storytelling plays in all our lives, I Thought My Father Was God offers a rare glimpse into the American soul.

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