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by David Sedaris

  • Author: David Sedaris
  • ISBN: 0743276124
  • ISBN13: 978-0743276122
  • ePub: 1187 kb | FB2: 1880 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 256
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 312
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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules ePub download

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Home David Sedaris Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules. Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, . One afternoon, in the middle of a particularly boring grammar lesson, my seventh-grade English teacher set aside her book and took nominations for the best song on WKIX, our local Top 40 radio station. It was her way of getting the circulation back into our arms, and it worked like a charm. For the first time that year, all hands were in the air, not just at head level but well above it, and waving, as if they held flags.

I love David Sedaris, but he didn’t write this book. He only wrote the forward. In my haste to make sure that I had read all of Sedaris' books, I bought " Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules" on my Kindle

I love David Sedaris, but he didn’t write this book. I read a couple of the stories but they just don’t grab and hold my attention. In my haste to make sure that I had read all of Sedaris' books, I bought " Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules" on my Kindle. I am not the slightest bit disappointed that this wasn't a collection of Sedaris stories, because the selections he picked are fantastic. In fact, this is probably the best collection of short stories that I have ever encountered. Not a bad one in the bunch.

David Sedaris didn’t write the stories in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules. But he did read them

David Sedaris didn’t write the stories in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules. But he did read them. And he liked them enough to hand pick them for this collection of short fiction. Featuring such notable writers as Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Jean Thompson, and Tobias Wolff, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules includes some of the most influential and talented short story writers, contemporary and classic. Perfect for fans who suffer from Sedaris fever, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules will tide them over and provide relief.

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David Sedaris didn’t write the stories in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules David Sedaris published this book to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York that helps students ages six to eighteen develop their writing skills through free writing. Sedaris is the author of the internationally bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules.

David Sedaris is an exceptional reader

David Sedaris is an exceptional reader. Alone in his apartment, he reads stories aloud to the point he has them memorized.

In the book's epilogue, Sarah Vowell describes 826NYC's work. The book's title references a painting by Adriaen van der Werff.

'When apple-picking season ended, I got a Job in a packing plant and gravitated towards short stories, which I could read during my break and reflect upon for the remainder of my shift. A good one would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit ...Once, before leaving on vacation, I copied an entire page from an Alice Munro story and left it in my typewriter, hoping a burglar might come upon it and mistake her words for my own. That an intruder would spend his valuable time reading, that he might be impressed by the description of a crooked face, was something I did not question, as I believed, and still do, that stories can save you'.
just one girl
If you were expecting a series of humorous short stories collected by David Sedaris, think again. This is a carefully selected, thoughtful assortment. All make you think and give some insight into Sedaris' mind. They are all unusually serious and stay with the reader long after the end of the book.
Kezan
There's nothing wrong with this compilation BUT you may find you like Sedaris better as Sedaris the essayist than Sedaris the editor.
Musical Aura Island
While waiting for David Sedaris' book to come out I succumbed to this book. Most of the stories were appealing and I could see why he decided to include them. Most not as good as David's work, but still worth a read on their own.
Spilberg
It's interesting to read something that someone you admire has read and enjoyed. Some stories were not my favorite but some were interesting and thought provoking. I'm glad David Sedaris is in this world and is able to communicate his fantastic ideas.
Landarn
I like David Sedaris' writing, so I was excited to read his favorite short stories.

I recognized the names of many of the authors, but had never read anything in this collection. The first half were just pointing out humanity's shortcomings, not in any particular enlightening or enjoyable writing style.

SPOILER ALERT

Further in the stories become much more violent - abduction of a teenager with vivid descriptions of her rape and torture, then you have parents bargaining for their cancerous baby's life and just for kick's, a man's head being shot, point-blank with a bullet and the entire trip of the bullet being laid out.

It just was not my cup of tea. I understood what the stories the authors were telling, I've lived in this world long enough to have seen this kind of horror up close. I just wish this book had had a warning on it before I bought it ... NOT PLEASANT READING, NIGHTMARES POSSIBLE
Umi
I am a big Sedaris fan but you don't need to be to really enjoy this anthology. The styles of writing are completely different, yet a sense of wonder, weirdness and kindness in the face of some terrible experiences does remind me of Sedaris. Revisit or expose yourself to some amazing writers through these short stories. And the $$ goes to help kids learn more about writing and literacy.
Risa
I love David Sedaris, but he didn’t write this book. He only wrote the forward. I read a couple of the stories but they just don’t grab and hold my attention. They are not funny either. Disappointed.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to see David Sedaris speak at UCLA. In my haste to make sure that I had read all of Sedaris' books, I bought " Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules" on my Kindle. It turns out, that this a collection of Sedaris' favorite short stories and he edited the compilation.

I am not the slightest bit disappointed that this wasn't a collection of Sedaris stories, because the selections he picked are fantastic. In fact, this is probably the best collection of short stories that I have ever encountered. Not a bad one in the bunch. Most of them are really depressing and downright hard to read. In particular, "In The Cemetery Where Al Jolsen in Buried" by Amy Hempel and "People Like That are the Only People Here" by Lorrie Moore. Both stories deal with different aspects of cancer and both are honest and heartbreaking.

I think the only story that I had previously read, was Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies." It's such a well crafted story, that I really enjoyed a second read of it. Really, this is an outstanding short story collection and I cannot praise it enough. Read it!!!
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