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by William H. Gass

  • Author: William H. Gass
  • ISBN: 0224615912
  • ISBN13: 978-0224615914
  • ePub: 1414 kb | FB2: 1729 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (March 1969)
  • Pages: 224
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 544
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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country ePub download

Gass taught at The College of Wooster, Purdue University, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a professor of philosophy (1969 - 1978) and the David May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities (1979 - 1999).

Gass taught at The College of Wooster, Purdue University, and Washington University in St. His colleagues there have included the writers Stanley Elkin, Howard Nemerov (1988 Poet Laureate of the United States), and Mona Van Duyn (1992 Poet Laureate). Since 2000, Gass has been the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities.

Exploring and expanding the limits of the short story, Gass works magic with words, words that are as squirming, regal, and unexpected as the roaches, boys, icicles, neighbors, and neuroses that fill these pages, words that shock.

Exploring and expanding the limits of the short story, Gass works magic with words, words that are as squirming, regal, and unexpected as the roaches, boys, icicles, neighbors, and neuroses that fill these pages, words that shock, dazzle, illumine, and delight. First published in 1968, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country established William Gass as one of America’s finest and boldest writers of fiction, and nearly fifty years later, the book still stands as a landmark of contemporary fiction.

First published in 1968, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country established William Gass as one of America's finest and boldest writers of fiction, and nearly fifty years later, the book still stands as a landmark of contemporary fiction

First published in 1968, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country established William Gass as one of America's finest and boldest writers of fiction, and nearly fifty years later, the book still stands as a landmark of contemporary fiction. The two novellas and three short stories it contains are all set in the Midwest, and together they offer a mythical reimagining of America's heartland, with its punishing extremes of heat and cold, its endless spaces and claustrophobic households, its hidden and baffled desires, its lurking threat of violence.

The wind has blown the smell of cattle into town. The heat is pre distraction. Steeped in out fluids, miserable in the folds of our bodies, we can scarcely think of anything but our sticky parts. Our eyes have been driven in like the eyes of the old men. And there’s no one to have mercy on us. Vital Data. Hot cyclonic winds and storms of dust crisscross the country. In many places, given an indifferent push, the wind will still coast for miles, gathering resource and edge as it goes, cunning and force. According to the season, paper, leaves, field litter, seeds, snow, fill up the fences.

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In the title piece, as throughout, the treatment of the relation between self and things is unique in American writing. William Gass has a distinctive and original style. I couldn't find this book in bookstores or the library. One person found this helpful. John Hollander William Gass is, in his own way, quite as successful as Joyce or Faulkner. Shaun O’Connell,The Nation. one of the important writers of his generation. About In the Heart of the Heart of the Country.

In the Heart of the Country (1977) is an early novel by South African-born writer J. M. Coetzee. The book is one of Coetzee's more experimental novels and is narrated through 266 numbered paragraphs rather than chapters

In the Heart of the Country (1977) is an early novel by South African-born writer J. The book is one of Coetzee's more experimental novels and is narrated through 266 numbered paragraphs rather than chapters. The novel is narrated from the point of view of Magda, the white daughter of a widowed farmer in the Karoo semi-desert of the Western Cape.

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Five short stories depict love, misfortune and the challenge of midwestern life
Lightwind
William Gass was decisive in turning American literature towards its preoccupation with the interstices of the quotidian. This collection of stories and novellas captures Gass in fine form; the Pederson Kid is a a beautiful, finely achieved novella depiction a boy's interior under conditions of life-threatening potential. At its best the prose here echo's Faulkner. While I found myself less than seized by the description-heavy stories in the middle, the title piece remains an a masterpiece of its kind.
Thorgahuginn
I first read "Order of Insects" as an English major undergrad, and the story has stuck with me ever since. I ordered this book specifically so I could read that short story again, and was not disappointed. In fact, I found myself very drawn in by Gass's explicit voice and masterful style, and am now enjoying the rest of the book's contents. I was especially touched by his sometimes sorrowful, piercingly honest, and definitely relatable prologue, and would recommend this purchase to all aspiring-but-self-doubting writers for the prologue alone.

Gass is a truly passionate writer who, one can tell, feels the human meaning of recent American history very acutely, and tries to make sense of it for his readers. Absolutely worth the read!
Felhann
I found this on the NYRB, and since a good friend said she'd discovered many wonderful books there that she'd never heard of, I decided to visit the site. I chose this book and am very happy that I did. I like raw writing, and an author that can give me the true sense of place in the story he or she has created. I was RIGHT THERE in Indiana in the heart of what I'm sure was a very common winter. I shivered and shook and could practically feel the icicles growing from the hairs in my nose. I also loved the rich, unique characters the author created in other stories...so reminiscent of people I'd known growing up. I will definitely seek out other work by this extraordinary writer and will no doubt read these stories a few more times.
Endieyab
I ordered this copy for a friend. One of my favorite books of all time by one of my favorite authors. Purchase it, read it...you won't be dissapointed!
Defolosk
I'm a fan of the great writer William H. Gass. His lecture is just fascinating. The Heart of the Country & Other Stories is a more admirable work of the great poet William H. Gass.
tref
This collection of long short stories will not let you relax while you read. As with the other Gass I've read, he wants to make you think deeply. There are no clear cut endings, but these aren't clear cut stories.

The best thing about this edition (ISBN 0879233745) is the preface by Gass himself. I usually save such for reading as an afterword (too many prefaces and introductions have too many spoilers). This can be read first or last, but lets you a little more into his thoughts.

His use of language lets you enjoy stories that wouldn't normally hold your interest.
Groll
Thanks to John Gardner, I have stumbled upon William Gass. I only regret that it took me this long to discover him. One of the best arguments that I know of in support of a philosophically motivated approach to short fiction.
Interesting stories. William Gass has a distinctive and original style. I couldn't find this book in bookstores or the library.
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