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In 1966, as a conscientious objector faced with possible charges of draft evasion during the Vietnam War, Allan Gurganus found himself on a four-year tour as a message decoder on an aircraft carrier. While at sea, Gurganus, who had studied to be a painter, developed the idea for his first mostrar mais successful novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989) after reading an article that described how Confederate veterans were granted pensions in the 1880s, making them prime marital candidates for much younger women. The novel features Lucy Marsden, a feisty ninety-nine-year-old North Carolina widow, and spans the 1850s to the 1980s. Gurganus's subsequent books include Blessed Assurance: A Moral Tale (1989), The Practical Heart (1993), and Plays Well With Others (1997). He has written a number of short stories that have appeared in periodicals such as Granta, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, and Paris Review, and in books such as The Faber Book of Short Gay Fiction (1991). Eleven of his short stories are collected in The White People (1991). Gurganus was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1947 and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1972) and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.F.A., 1974). He has taught fiction writing at University of Iowa, Stanford University, Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has had his paintings displayed in many private and public collections. (Bowker Author Biography) Allan Gurganus lives in a small town in North Carolina. The title novella of this book won the National Magazine Prize, & his other honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, & the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
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Obras por Allan Gurganus

White People (1990) 313 exemplares
Plays Well with Others (1997) 290 exemplares
Local Souls (2013) 156 exemplares
The Practical Heart: Four Novellas (1993) 154 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2006: The Year's Best (2000) — Editor — 56 exemplares
Blessed Assurance: A Moral Tale (1990) 18 exemplares
Saint Monster (2009) 5 exemplares
Decoy: A Novella (2015) 5 exemplares
Piccoli eroi (2011) 4 exemplares
James Castle (2007) 3 exemplares
Fear Not (2014) 2 exemplares
Saints Have Mothers (2015) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 627 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 479 exemplares
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 397 exemplares
Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 396 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 393 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Contribuidor — 320 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 318 exemplares
Men on Men 2: Best New Gay Fiction (1988) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
In Another Part of the Forest: An Anthology of Gay Short Fiction (1994) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
Granta 32: History (1990) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
Granta 46: Crime (1994) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
Granta 35: An Unbearable Peace (1991) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
Granta 55: Children (1996) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
Best American Gay Fiction 3 (1998) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
Obsessed: A Flesh and the Word Collection of Gay Erotic Memoirs (1999) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2007: The Year's Best (2007) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2000: The Year's Best (2000) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2005: The Year's Best (2005) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South (1996) — Posfácio — 28 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture (2022) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina (2019) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Feels Like Home: Fond Remembrances in Words and Pictures (1995) — Introdução — 8 exemplares


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Do not be intimidated by the length of this book. Miss Lucille Marsden will keep you entertained through every single page. Even when she is telling you about the horrors of war, she will keep you riveted every paragraph. Even when the story is not from her point of view, she will have you glued to the sentences. Within Lucy's monologue Gurganus lays out the entire southern society from before the Civil War up to the mid-1980s when Lucy is almost one hundred years old. History breathes in and out with every colorful sentence; from the recognition of Baby Africa and every aspect of owning another human being to life in a nursing home.
Lucy herself is a treat. Married at a mere fifteen years old, she saw the world with a sensitivity and sweetness. She cared about where people came from (Castalia from Africa) or how displaced a foreigner can feel (Wong Chow from China). Even though her husband was in his fifties when they married, Lucy became a baby factory having nine children in eleven years. Her marriage was painful as her husband could be very abusive. Sleeping with a hatchet was not out of the question for Lucy. But I digress. Take your time with Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Know that every character serves a purpose at the moment of introduction but may not need remembering a hundred pages later.
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SeriousGrace | 18 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2024 |
hcubic | 18 outras críticas | Apr 22, 2021 |
When I picked this one up from my library, I didn't realize it was a set of novellas. I haven't read many novellas, but the ones I have have been tough. I think it's kind of an awkward form -- long enough to feel a little too long but not long enough to feel like a big hearty novel you can really get into. It's like the awkward teenager phase of fiction that nobody really wants to be all that much involved with.

The first two in this collection of three, and a good half of the third, fell pretty flat for me. The words and sentences were good, but the stories didn't do much for me. They didn't seem to have much emotional freight, and so they seemed oddly sized curiosities, little exercises in building a sense of place and maybe a little sense of character. But of course knowing that the story would be chopped off pretty soon after the development had built, I had trouble really connecting with either the fictional town of Falls or its inhabitants.

Well into the final novella, Decoy, after the catastrophe that basically bifurcates the thing, the piece took a turn for the better for me, and I thought the last 20 - 30 pages were good. But, 30 pages out of 300 make for pretty slim pickings, so it's not one I'd suggest.
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dllh | 4 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2021 |
Wow I am constantly amazed at how much I dislike books I have a fond memory of enjoying decades ago.
LoisSusan | 18 outras críticas | Dec 10, 2020 |



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