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Charles Baxter

Autor(a) de The Feast of Love

33+ Works 5,074 Membros 117 Críticas 15 Favorited

About the Author

Charles Baxter is the author of novels and short story collections. His novels include The Feast of Love, The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light. His short story collections include Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, Harmony of the World, and mostrar mais There's Something I Want You to Do. He teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. (Bowker Author Biography) Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including "The Feast of Love", "Shadow Play", & "First Light", & collections of stories including "Believers" & "A Relative Stranger". He teaches writing at the University of Michigan. (Publisher Provided) He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Award for Writers & an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos

Obras por Charles Baxter

The Feast of Love (2000) 1,781 exemplares
The Soul Thief (2007) 405 exemplares
Saul and Patsy (2003) 384 exemplares
The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot (2007) 269 exemplares
Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (2011) 220 exemplares
First Light (1987) 217 exemplares
Shadow Play (1993) 209 exemplares
Believers: A Novella and Stories (2020) 207 exemplares
A Relative Stranger: Stories (1990) 207 exemplares
Through the Safety Net: Stories (1985) 148 exemplares
Harmony of the World: Stories (1984) 95 exemplares
The Sun Collective (2020) 82 exemplares

Associated Works

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Contribuidor — 1,211 exemplares
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 626 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 410 exemplares
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 362 exemplares
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015) — Contribuidor — 278 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 273 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 266 exemplares
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Introdução — 212 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Best SF: 1971 (1972) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
Novel Voices (2003) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 43 (2013) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2010) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Tin House 34 (Winter 2007): The Dead of Winter (2007) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry (1994) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Politically Inspired (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Story About the Story Vol. II (2013) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Perhaps I should have taken as a sign how many years this book sat on my shelves without my reading it, but there have been plenty of books I neglected so long that I loved when I finally read them. I had almost culled this a few times, but I finally picked this up for a "Michigan author" prompt for a reading challenge. (This takes place in Michigan and Baxter had been living in Michigan when he wrote it.)

I was vaguely annoyed with this book from early on. I wanted to like Wyatt, but never really connected with him. And then something about the whole falling in love in college bit rubbed me wrong. But where this book really fell off the rails for me was the scene with the illicit dumping grounds. Such a huge violation of my sense of justice and the environment and I GET IT, YOU HAVE BIG FEELINGS ABOUT YOUR COUSIN, BUT YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY HERE THAT IS BIGGER THAN THAT AND JUST... NOTHING... COMES FROM THAT? IT ONLY EXISTS TO FORESHADOW WORSE VIOLATIONS TO COME?!

I should have known full well then that this book was just Not For Me, but I forced myself to finish it for the reading challenge when I should have let this go. So now you have to hear me whine about it.

I did not care for this.
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greeniezona | Nov 19, 2023 |
there were parts of this that i quite liked, and that showed his writing ability really nicely, but i think that overall this was the kind of pretentious book that is too too pretentious to be good. the characters - in particular the younger characters - felt like the way an older guy would write younger people, not like real younger people. the women, too, actually.

the conceit here could have been interesting but overall i don't think it really worked all that well. but as i said, i did like some of the writing.

"My inner life lacks dignity."

"Driving me home, Harry told me -- how could I not know it? -- that Jackson Pollock had cut off the tip of his little finger at the ag of seven. Seven! Jesus Christ. Not even my pain is original."

"Hugging him, you kind of collide with his stomach before you get to his face, but that was okay. My dad's stomach is like the foyer to the rest of him."

"Chloe's enemy is now mine, however, and my feeling is:...I am ready for him. I am pleased to have an enemy who is not symbolic."
… (mais)
overlycriticalelisa | 37 outras críticas | Nov 4, 2023 |
Month of November 2022 - The Thief Books

The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter (2007; 2009 ed.) 210 pages.

Setting: 1970’s New York

I’m not too sure what I just read. The author writes in a way as if we should be reading between the lines and understand his meaning, but does not give us any real information to go on. I felt the story was all over the place about nothing, really. But, I kept reading, thinking the ending would help pull it all together. Notta! If I can’t figure out what you are writing about, you get a 1-star.

College students, Nathaniel Mason
and Jerome Coolberg, an odd genius who thinks he can acquire everyone’s soul (by driving them crazy??), have met at a geek’s party for artists. Jerome develops a weird obsession and life-long interest in Nathanial’s life.

He starts by stealing Nathanials clothes…and wearing them, then his furniture. Nathanial’s crush is found to be Jerome’s girlfriend. Then, when Nathanial falls in love with a lesbian he has been sleeping with, she is raped and beaten by, I think, Jerome’s orders, to a group of thugs. I still don’t see the relevance of this to the story at all.

But, Jerome twists all the stories around of what is going on with Nathanial until he has a mental breakdown and doesn’t know what’s real and what isn’t.

Nathanial moves on and gets married and has children. Jerome keeps track of Nathanials whereabouts, and every milestone of his life. Some years down the road, Jerome contacts Nathanial, and asks him to meet him in San Diego, where he will reveal the big secret to Nathanials past life.

Jerome hands Nathanial this book, “The Soul Thief”….Nathaniel’s life.

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MissysBookshelf | 21 outras críticas | Aug 27, 2023 |
Some excellent stories. Would like to go higher than 4 stars. A couple I had already read in Best of Collections. Loved Loyalty.
Mcdede | 8 outras críticas | Jul 19, 2023 |



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