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New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011)

af Diana Secker Tesdell (Redaktør)

Andre forfattere: Damon Runyon (Bidragyder)

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Writers have always been enthralled and inspired by New York City, and their vibrant and varied stories provide a kaleidoscopic vision of the city's high life, low life, nightlife, and everything in between. From the wisecracking Broadway guys and dolls of Damon Runyon to the glittering ballrooms of Edith Wharton, from the jazz- soaked nightspots of Jack Kerouac and James Baldwin to the starry- eyed tourists in John Cheever and Shirley Jackson to the ambitious immigrants conjured by Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz- this is New York in all its grittiness and glamour. Here is the hectic, dazzling chaos of Times Square and the elegant calm of galleries in the Met; we meet Yiddish matchmakers in the Bronx, Haitian nannies in Central Park, starving artists, and hedonistic yuppies-a host of vivid characters nursing their dreams in the tiny apartments, the lonely cafes, and the bustling streets of the city that never sleeps.… (mere)

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‘’The houses across the street were silent and perhaps unoccupied at this time of day; she let her eyes move with the rhythm of the tune, from window to window along one floor. By gliding quickly across two windows, she could make one line of the tune fit one floor of windows, and then a quick breath and a drop down to the next floor; it had the same number of windows and the tune had the same number of beats and then th next floor and the next. She stopped suddenly when it seemed to her that the windowsill she had just passed had soundlessly crumpled and fallen into fine sand; when she looked back it was there as before but then it seemed to be the windowsill above and to the right, and finally a corner of the roof.’’
Shirley Jackson, Pillar of Salt

New York. Forget about the city that never sleeps, the lights, the socialites, the glorious hotels and skyscrapers and whatnot. New York is the people that populate it, the stories that characterise every corner of the metropolis, the amalgamation of feelings and experiences that have created its atmosphere, its breath, its aura and the way it fascinates us. This is the heart of the beautiful collection dedicated to New York.

New York Nite Club by Jack Kerouac: The unique atmosphere of a New York club.

The Making of a New Yorker by O.Henry: The aspirations of a poet in the city of modern Art.

O City of Broken Dreams by John Cheever: A married couple travels to New York, prompted by a job opportunity. But the Big Apple has decided differently.

Pillar of Salt by Shirley Jackson: A young couple goes to New York for a two-week vacation. The experience appears exciting at first but soon, it becomes more and more uncanny, chaotic and claustrophobic. A masterpiece by Jackson.

Paul’s Case by Willa Carther: The troubles of a high-school student.

Master Misery by Truman Capote: A young woman has come to New York to follow her dream. She meets a sympathetic clown and realises that her happiness depends on a strange figure that thwarts your dreams. A deeply sad allegory by a master of the Short Story.

A Cup of Gold by Edith Wharton: A story of fateful meetings, love, propriety. Many of us first ‘’met’’ the literary New York through Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence and this one is a bright example of her unique style.

The Magic Barrell by Bernard Malamud: A young rabbi wants to marry and only the ideal woman will do. But this is a rather difficult task.

Social Error by Damon Rinyan: A story straight out the Guys and Dolls universe and a unique era in the history of the city.

Theft by Katherine Anne Porter: Prompted by a simple theft, the heroine of the story realises all she has lost. Loves, journeys, wasted moments, words left unsaid.

The Thistles in Sweden by William Maxwell: A beautiful, peaceful story about the daily life of a neighbourhood of brownstones and quirky families.

A Snowy Night on West Forty-Ninth Street by Maeve Brennan: The unique atmosphere of Broadway lights on a winter’s night as a woman becomes our guide to the strange, vacant would-be members of the high-class society and the nightly New York that watches silently.

Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin: A moving story of the rift between two brothers, the loss of a child, the daily fight in an unforgiving world.

Children Are Bored on Sunday by Jean Stafford: A tender story of Art, feud and young love.

It’s Six A.M. Do You Know Where You Are by Jay McInerney: An enigmatic story about a man stranded in a bar at an unlikely hour. A tale of confusion, trauma and disillusionment.

New York Day Women by Edwidge Danticat: A story about motherly rules and the very complex relationship between a family and a ferocious city.

Reference #388475848 - 5 by Amy Hempel: A letter of protest over a parking ticket becomes the means for a woman to pour out her soul and give voice to her repressed thoughts.

Negocios by Junot Diaz: The tumultuous story of an immigrant through the eyes of his son.

‘’I want what is fair. I don’t want a fight. But the truth is I’m shaking - right now, writing this letter. My hand is shaking while I write. It’s saying what I can’t say - this is the way I say it.’’

My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com/ ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Nov 14, 2020 |
Almost any collection of stories spanning more than 70 years might be able to cough up some gems. But there is something about stories set in New York that bring out the best in many writers. And certainly there are many very, very good stories here. A fair number in this collection are absolute classics. Think of Damon Runyan’s “Social Error”, or O. Henry’s “The Making of a New Yorker”, or James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”. From those titles alone you can see that this collection runs the gamut. Almost every story is in a different style, a different mode. Indeed, what stands out most from such a collection is the sheer versatility of the short story form. Since these are stories of New York, they tend to focus on making it or failing to make it, high hopes and utter despair, and especially newcomers. Is everyone in New York from away? Or does everyone merely feel like they are from away until they make it?

I’m loathe to pick one story over another from such a fine collection. But a few either surprised me or forced me to rethink their authors, to want to look again. Bernard Malamud’s “The Magic Barrel” was one of those as was, in a different way, Truman Capote’s “Master Misery”. I loved the ironic play of John Cheever’s “O City of Broken Dreams”, and William Maxwell’s tone painting in “The Thistles in Sweden”. You’ll find your own favourites.

Recommended. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Dec 1, 2016 |
I bought this collection of New York-related short stories at the Strand Book Store on a visit to NYC. I've been dipping into it bit by bit. I enjoyed stories by classic authors - like Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" - and some by current writers as well - like Edwidge Danticat's New York Day Women. Not every story was a winner, but overall, this is a strong collection. ( )
  porch_reader | Nov 18, 2016 |
What we have here is a collection by an incredible array of authors that, because it has taken the theme of focusing on stories of New York, appears to have not allowed those authors to be at their best. Let’s start with the incredible array. There is Kerouac and O. Henry and Cheever and Jackson and Cather and Capote and Runyan and, heck, I give up - almost every one in it is a name you know (if you know even a little about literature.) But let’s talk about the limitations. Many of these authors are noted for their writing about New York. But, whether because of the limitations of specific focus on New York or because of an unstated desire to go with the path/stories less travelled, it contains good works, but few that are actually knock-you-off-your stool great.

That is not to say the collection is not worth reading. Most of these authors, even on their worst days, are better than much of what you might be reading today. So, even when not at the top of their game, they are worth the time.

The stories, in spite of the theme (maybe because of it) are not trapped within one interpretation of the city. New York is as multi-faceted (if not more multi-faceted) as any town in the States can be. The stories are similarly multi-focused. In some, New York is star – a state of mind that any would be proud to maintain. In others, New York is the enemy – a city that will destroy the unprepared. Some stories are slices of life in this town taking glimpses of the downtrodden, the people on top, and many in between. While the range of New York cannot be duplicated in 400 pages, the editor has made as good an attempt as is possible.

In other words, this collection succeeds in its attempt to provide the multi-facetedness of New York. Where it fails (and it is a minor failure) is in providing us the absolute best of this start-studded collection of authors. But to have failed in such a small way means that readers will still enjoy most of the entries, and it may present a good introduction to the writings of these luminaries for those who have not yet had the experience. ( )
  figre | Jun 24, 2012 |
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Writers have always been enthralled and inspired by New York City, and their vibrant and varied stories provide a kaleidoscopic vision of the city's high life, low life, nightlife, and everything in between. From the wisecracking Broadway guys and dolls of Damon Runyon to the glittering ballrooms of Edith Wharton, from the jazz- soaked nightspots of Jack Kerouac and James Baldwin to the starry- eyed tourists in John Cheever and Shirley Jackson to the ambitious immigrants conjured by Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz- this is New York in all its grittiness and glamour. Here is the hectic, dazzling chaos of Times Square and the elegant calm of galleries in the Met; we meet Yiddish matchmakers in the Bronx, Haitian nannies in Central Park, starving artists, and hedonistic yuppies-a host of vivid characters nursing their dreams in the tiny apartments, the lonely cafes, and the bustling streets of the city that never sleeps.

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