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The Things We Don't Do by Andrés Neuman

The Things We Don't Do

by Andrés Neuman

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These stories are sharp, a delight to read. Some are rather dark, dealing with murder, maiming, and suicide. There are two clever views of psychoanalysis (Juan, Jose and Outside no Birds were Singing), which interestingly are in different sections of this thematically arranged collection. The final section is a special "bonus track, " a collection of short statements about writing short stories which works well as a guide to reading, as well as writing, short stories. Book from my personal library. ( )
  seeword | Dec 7, 2015 |
Couples unable to connect, these stories define the distances between people, the gulfs we cannot bridge.

Yet Neuman also appears to celebrate these differences, these gaps, as if to say: we are forever separate, forever seeking to be different than who we truly are.

The panic and fear we feel when we realize we are alone, we will never bond with another person, despite how much we might love and desire one another, we never truly bond.

In any marriage there are secrets we do not share. Most are trivial in nature yet the very act of not sharing is a most profound one.

"The Things We Don't Do" reveals the fantasies we revel in. The life unlived we imagine as an ideal, where everything is perfect bliss, where we end up a hero or heroine, forever applauded and fulfilled.

In another story Neuman whimsically depicts scene long ago when Borges gives a lecture to his admirers. Neuman intuits what Borges felt in that moment and how those who were to listen also felt.

I found this volume , compact, easy to digest and a much more amenable way to experience the quirky imaginative perspectives of Andres Neuman. ( )
  berthirsch | Nov 12, 2015 |
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