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Lori Ostlund

Autor(a) de After the Parade

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Obras por Lori Ostlund

After the Parade (2015) 199 exemplares
The Bigness of the World: Stories (2009) 87 exemplares

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 411 exemplares
The PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares


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Enjoyable stories, and I really liked the premise. We returned to the same situation several times, and some either ended without a good purpose or I just didn't get it. Overall quite good.
Kiramke | 6 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
fiction (family history drama- main character is gay but plot is not centered on this aspect). This had lots of interesting layers -- different periods of Aaron's life would unravel as the current plotline was developing--but my interest dropped off after a while (so many depressing characters would get introduced--the abusive father who died abruptly in a freak accident, the dwarf whom people can't look in the face, the mother who abandoned Aaron when he was still a teen, the obese cook who got teased and had to drop out of school, and on and on)… (mais)
reader1009 | 10 outras críticas | Jul 3, 2021 |
This was a slog to get through. SO many of the characters were the same - teachers, from Minnesota or the Midwest, traveling abroad, having relationship issues. It was too much sameness! I read all of the stories because I’m a chronic book finisher, but I wouldn’t recommend this collection.
emma_mc | 6 outras críticas | Nov 10, 2019 |
This incredible novel of a man's entire forty year span of being treated terribly as a child and feeling worse as an adult should result in such a depressing read that putting it aside it would be a mercy. However, the author is so skilled that the seemingly trivial occurrences in the life of Aaron Englund become totally monumental and revelatory. The build to its apex is so quietly powerful that when the reader finishes, the impulse is to sit with book in hand and perform some deep breathing exercises.

Aaron is the son of a brutish police officer and his beaten down spouse, and the bleakest of small farming communities of Minnesota is completely oppressive until his father dies in a most unusual (yet welcome) manner and his mother abandons him. He is rescued by the kindness of near-strangers and later by an older man, Walter, who comes as a package with a supportive sister. As the novel opens twenty years later, Aaron himself is fleeing from Walter, to San Francisco, as his diary of Walter's intolerable quirks numbers close to fifty. On his car trip west, Aaron himself saves a life and begins his own new life calling a garage home and teaching English to immigrants in a fleabag fly-by-night school. He lurches back through his memories and forward climactically to an unbearably painful reunion with his missing mother. As awful as it all sounds, the superb sentences and Aaron's basic goodness make the novel incredibly satisfying. It's reminiscent of A Prayer For Owen Meany.

Quotes/aphorisms: "He disliked the artistic tendency to put nature into words. He felt that nature spoke sufficiently for itself."

"Everyone on the bus was subdued the way people get when the weather has tricked them."

"What people needed more than sex or love was the reassurance that others wanted to understand them and their fears."

"She told me that when you lose the ability, the desire, to make your life interesting, then maybe it's not worth staying alive anymore."

"People pretend otherwise, but they almost always do what they want to do."

"There isn't always one person who's right and another who's wrong. Sometimes - usually - it's not that easy."

"That was how couples worked, he knew, one always trying to offset the other's behavior."

"We'd laugh, and sometimes we'd have sex because we had that in common: verbal sparring aroused us."

"She had told him once that when she felt stuck, she tried to find the wherewithal to make just one change. If she could do that, sometimes everything else followed."

"Her observation was that he needed to stop giving substance to his guilt."
… (mais)
froxgirl | 10 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2018 |



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