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by Alix Ohlin

  • Author: Alix Ohlin
  • ISBN: 0375415254
  • ISBN13: 978-0375415258
  • ePub: 1944 kb | FB2: 1401 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1St Edition edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 674
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Babylon and Other Stories ePub download

He'd started to think that he wasn't capable of it, that in his soul-or heart, or brain chemistry, or wherever the center of a person was located-something essential was lacking.

He'd started to think that he wasn't capable of it, that in his soul-or heart, or brain chemistry, or wherever the center of a person was located-something essential was lacking. dated enough women to know he was straight, and he'd cared for some of them a lot; in college, he and his girlfriend Marisa had even tossed around names for potential children

Babylon and Other Stories. Lucy, my other friend, was working as a hostess at a place where she had to dress up as a pirate, with an eye patch and everything.

Babylon and Other Stories. The King of Kohlrabi. When people from school drove by the restaurant she ducked behind the counter, whether there was a customer there or not. If anybody got upset she'd say, Sorry!

Alix Ohlin was born in Montreal, graduated from Harvard University, and studied at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas

Alix Ohlin was born in Montreal, graduated from Harvard University, and studied at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Her fiction, which has appeared in One Story and Shenandoah, among other periodicals, has been selected for both Best New American Voices 2004 and Best American Short Stories 2005.

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Babylon Revisited and Other Stories is a collection of ten short stories written between 1920 and 1937 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was published in 1960 by Charles Scribner's Sons. Babylon Revisited collects ten of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best-known short stories.

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In these stories, Alix Ohlin stakes out the fertile middle ground between traditional realism and the new .

In these stories, Alix Ohlin stakes out the fertile middle ground between traditional realism and the new nod-and-a-wink fabulism. Not every reader who encounters the short stories in Alix Ohlin’s lively first collection, Babylon, will be moved to explore questions like these - most will be too busy enjoying the work of a talented storyteller exploring the limits of her art. But there are clues that this writer is up to something bigger than merely telling stories that tease, amuse, trouble, captivate and offer fleeting comforts with every trembling denouement.

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Annotation: Alix Ohlin Babylon and Other Stories to my parents The King of Kohlrabi It was a summer of disasters

Annotation: Alix Ohlin Babylon and Other Stories to my parents The King of Kohlrabi It was a summer of disasters. My mother, leaning back in the corner of the booth, said, Oh, for crying out loud. She was drinking a Mai Tai, as usual, and had given me the umbrella, also as usual. Tonight's was blue and I twirled it between my fingers.

Alix Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person, a novel; Babylon and Other Stories; and Signs and Wonders, a new collection. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on public radio’s Selected Shorts. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she teaches at Lafayette College.

Following The Missing Person, her highly praised debut—“A seriously entertaining and probing novel,” wrote The Washington Post Book World—Alix Ohlin gives us a collection of stories that demonstrates her impressive range.In their various locales, from Montreal (where a prosthetic leg casts a furious spell on its beholders) to the Southwest (where a Soviet-era exchange student changes a family’s dynamic forever), the characters in Babylon are coming to terms with life’s epiphanies, for good or ill. They range from the very young who, confronted with their parents’ limitations, discover their own resolve, to those facing middle age and its particular indignities, no less determined to assert themselves and shape their destinies. A tenacious eight-year-old practices piano on paper keys; an expectant mother, settling into an idyllic farmhouse, discovers the tragic story of its previous, rightful inhabitants; and a fictional haunted hospital becomes an obsession for a ghostwriter grappling with her empty nest.         In stories at once clear-eyed and compassionate, brimming with the wit, humor, and warmth for which she has been widely acclaimed, Alix Ohlin gives us unforgettable characters enmeshed in situations both familiar and absurd—all vitally engaged in the transfigurations that delineate any coming of age.In short, a striking and assured collection from an exceptionally gifted writer.
Undeyn
taut well paced & very human. Ohlin is one of the best. Makes you want to track down all she has done & buy unseen anything to come
MARK BEN FORD
This was a Christmas gift for my sister so I haven't read it and have nothing to say about the book itself but, it was fairly priced and arrived on time. She was very happy with it =)
Nawenadet
Babylon and Other Stories is a collection of short stories. The characters are realizing a universal truth: that life is full of change and, unfortunately, suffering. Sometimes this is delivered quietly, such as a medical check up and other times it is abrupt--the end of a relationship. Some of the issues that are raised are commitment, abuse and identity. However, there is also hope, love and humor in these stories.

This collection explores different relationships: parent to child, siblings, spouse, friends, etc. Like the city of Babel with its different languages, each character has a distinct voice and a story to share. The characters are engaging and each story has great pacing. We meet Natalie and her husband Nick. They are trying to be supportive of Nick's mother's fourth wedding. There's Kyle who is getting ready to play tennis with his father's old nemesis. And Aggie who is trying to come to terms with her dad's decision to leave his family so that he can be with his girlfriend.

One of my favorite stories was "Transcription." Carl came to live with his Uncle Walter after Carl's mom died. Now Carl is older and the roles have been reversed. Walter didn't like the retirement home and Carl has brought Walter to live with him. Carl works from home as a medical transcriber and he is used to being detached when typing medical reports. He struggles to balance emotions and objectivity as he decides on the type of care that Walter needs and wants.

Ohlin teaches at Lafayette College and she is a true wordsmith, I found myself repeating phrases. Some examples: "Her mother was in her element in the shopping mall; she responded to the filtered light and Muzak like some kind of specialized plant." (p.54) and "Henry's hearing disappeared slowly, over a year, each day turning fainter and blurrier, like a repeated photocopy." (p.109).

Armchair Interviews says: Reading Ohlin's collection of short stories is like eating potato chips. It's hard to stop at just one!
Kefrannan
This seventeen short story collection are well written relationship tales in which a character either purposely or more likely inadvertently alienates someone close to them with behavior that seems irrational to the latter. Alas, nobody communicates in Babylon, Long Island or the other suburban/rural settings so dysfunction becomes the norm for all. In some ways this anthology is a series of shorts similar to the reflection of life in Alix Ohlin's novel THE MISSING PERSON. Not easy to read, these are complex haunting tales starring in most cases depressing characters who remind this reviewer of the Marmalade song Reflections of My Life as they seen not to want to live, but also not want to die.

Harriet Klausner
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