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Short stories, five decades by Irwin Shaw

Short stories, five decades

by Irwin Shaw

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My first book by Irwin Shaw, and more than significant disappointment.
Inspiration for his short stories is taken from everyday life - somewhat I usually appreciate, however, these stories are imho pointless and very often, they go from nowhere to nowhere. This is not to say that all of them are really really bad, but too average, poor...
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1) in some sense, this book is constructed as critique of american society after WWII. Some stories deal with topics like burgeois way of life, young communist radicals, hollow coctail parties etc. What is problematic, Shaw is fine just with simple, a bit superficial description of it, and when he adds pathetic (almost hysterical) tone, the stories become unreadable.
2) uncompromisingly strict to fascism/nazism. In this point, it seems to me that he gets unrealistic and one-sided: in other words, the division on „good“ and „evil“ strikingly clear.
3) I regard the stories to be more melodramatic than revealing, it has no „meaning“. And while the stories are boring - as regards their content, and conservative/traditional - regarding their form, the book is, all in all, doomed to be forgotten. ( )
  _eskarina | May 19, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226751287, Paperback)

Featuring sixty-three stories spanning five decades, this superb collection-including "Girls in Their Summer Dresses," "Sailor Off the Bremen," and "The Eighty-Yard Run"-clearly illustrates why Shaw is considered one of America's finest short-story writers.

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Irwin Shaw’s collection of powerful stories that set the standard for post-war American authors Irwin Shaw was a star of the New Yorker’s fiction pages in the 1930s and ’40s. His prose helped shape the landscape of post-war fiction, and his work drew from a remarkable life that spanned from American football fields to European battlefields, Broadway to Hollywood, Depression-era saloons to the McCarthy hearings. Among these sixty-three stories are iconic works such as “The Eighty-Yard Run,” a tale of an American dream crippled on Black Monday, and “Main Currents in American Thought,” in which a hack radio copywriter is tormented by the glitz of show business. Through the decades, Shaw’s writing —as demonstrated in these pages—maintains the clear-eyed moral purpose, rich in wit and startling insight, of a tough kid with a philosopher’s soul. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Irwin Shaw including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.… (more)

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