Return to Book Page. Following the immense success of The Art of the Tale , Daniel Halpern has assembled the next generation of short-story writers—those born after —to create a companion volume, The Art of the Story. Attesting to the depth, range, and continued popularity of short fiction, this collection includes seventy-eight contributors from thirty-five countries. The Art of the Story Following the immense success of The Art of the Tale , Daniel Halpern has assembled the next generation of short-story writers—those born after —to create a companion volume, The Art of the Story.
The Art of the Story combines the best of the established masters as well as the fresh, new voices of writers whose work has seldom been translated into English. Coraghessan Boyle Mr. Lyon by Angela Carter Are these actual miles? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 11, Misha marked it as to-read. In no particular order: "G-String," Nicola Barker. A woman puts on a g-string to impress her lover and ends up using it to jury-rig his broken windshield wiper. In the process she learns that she doesn't need his validation. A lovely, witty character arc accomplished in a few compact pages with some truly great lines.
This story is incredibly lush for its brevity.
Danticat's language is beautiful and evocative. It's like exploring an exquisite painting, moving from detail to detail until the full picture emerges. Must find more of this Haitian author's work. Brief social commentary from the point of view of a poor, homeless person. Interesting while I read it, but a day later I had forgotten it and had to look up in the table of contents which story I had read.
A bizarre little story about a problem child that reads like a folktale. There's a sort of gauziness to the narrative that makes me wonder if that's a cultural storytelling convention having read very little Chinese literature or just something this author did with this story.
A decent enough story but not one of my favorites thus far. View all 4 comments. Feb 14, Lisa rated it liked it. A rather tortuous read in some places and disappointing in others. I read Halpern's collection on nature writing years ago and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to delving into an interesting and beautifully written array of stories here.
A couple A rather tortuous read in some places and disappointing in others. There were also very few from Latin America and just two from Russia. Jun 15, Di S rated it it was amazing Shelves: i-own-it. Bought it for a creative writing course and found it to be a wonderfully rich resource - full of stories from across the decades with both well-known and less well-known authors.
Feb 24, Robert rated it really liked it. Somewhere along the line I acquired this fat anthology of stories by international writers, born between and It's a sequel to a similarly fat anthology called The Art of The Tale, focused primarily on writers born before In his brief introduction, Daniel Halpern says that the writers in the first volume looked to Anton Chekhov's short stories as their model and thus were writers consciously participating in a literary tradition. But in this sequel, says Halpern, one will read st Somewhere along the line I acquired this fat anthology of stories by international writers, born between and But in this sequel, says Halpern, one will read stories more responsive to popular culture and reactive to the media in all its venues, far beyond literary traditions.
I found Halpern's distinction provocative and wondered if it would prove true. Would the world's more recent batch of gifted writers prove, in a way, less literary if equally literate? Knowing Chekhov--one of my favorite writers--I also wondered how he could be the key link in a literary chain when his style of writing was not self-consciously "literary. In Chekhov's plays one encounters comedy kindred to Cervantes.
That's not equally true in his stories. My personal opinion is that his stories were in fact shaped by the dominant media venue of his day: he wrote for and published in newspapers. And unless an author is serializing Dickens , he might well accommodate himself to the narrow column widths and short lengths of a news story. So Chekhov, who was in fact widely read and highly literary, also was reactive to his media environment That is how what we call "popular" culture evolved, or at least one dimension of it.
I don't fault Halpern for getting this a little bit wrong; he offers a good thought and lots of sensational stories from all over the world. Many of them, especially from Africa, are Chekhovian and conform to economies of continuous action in which character and event intertwine. Some of them are what might be called meta-fictions. I'm thinking of a story about adventures in sexual identities by Patricia Duncker called Betrayal.
Other stories like Are These Actual Miles? Boyle that are miniaturizations of the ethos of Lord of the Flies. The McEwan story is the best, most troubling example of his literary talent that I've read. It's ugly but a knockout. He has said elsewhere that he doesn't really believe in evil, but in his own story, he has proven himself wrong.
Here are the advantages of story anthologies: They showcase what Borges called the short story's essential quality. They introduce a reader to writers the reader might want to pursue. They do the opposite, too. And in this case they illustrate the adaptability of the story form to all kinds of cultures, societies, and geographies.
Short stories of the highest order, as Borges indicated, work and work completely, and whether intentionally or not, they inescapably become part of the literary tradition. In fact, the globalization of the media, notably the Internet, ensures that writers everywhere are reading writers everywhere.
I'm sure this book isn't easy to lay hands on, but it's worth the effort to do so. View 2 comments.
Nov 30, Karen Kao rated it it was amazing. Reading short stories is the only way to learn how to write one. Osmosis isn't working so I'm afraid I'm going to have to do this the hard way.
They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers. Several writers are needlessly repeated from the first volume. But the stories themselves are universally excellent. Must reads. Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep ed.
It took me 4 months to finish all 78 stories, though not as long as editor Daniel Halpern needed to choose them. For 15 years, he culled stories suggested to him by his vast network of writers, editors, agents and friends. He eventually Reading short stories is the only way to learn how to write one. He eventually settled on a set of selection criteria: The story was published after ; The author was born after ; All stories must be in English, whether in translation or in the original and Of course, it has to be a good one.
Here are my favorites out of Halpern's collection. For each one, I've tried to identify some excellent craft feature. But truth to tell, I still don't read like a writer but as a normal person would: for sheer pleasure. Forget about seeing the world only through the eyes of a single character. Atwood takes us into the hearts and minds of three sisters - Pamela, Prudence, Portia - and their brother Roland, the eternal odd man out.
She was a whimsical woman, though not sadistic Roland had been left out of the set, at the insistence of the father. It was Prue's opinion that he had always resented it. Here he will perform no violations.