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Sweet Land Stories por E.L. Doctorow
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Sweet Land Stories (original 2004; edição 2005)

por E.L. Doctorow

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"Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois ("A House on the Plains"), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ("Baby Wilson"), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ("Walter John Harmon"), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence ("Jolene: A Life"). And in "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden", you will witness the crisis of a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Sweet Land Stories
Autores:E.L. Doctorow
Informação:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
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Doctorow is a real storyteller. In this collection he masterfully presents a range of characters each of which fails in life, due to a lack of intelligence, bad luck, poor background etc. These are the losers of the American Dream. The story of Jolene is heartwrenching in its inevitability. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
For the first time that I can remember, I loved every single selection in a collection like this. Short fiction is so often hit or miss with me, and even when I greatly enjoy some of the stories, others usually feel flat and pointless. There are only five stories in the collection, and each one is a gem. Three of the five are told in the first person. The most powerful of the lot is "Walter John Harmon", a first person narrative from inside the head of a member of a religious cult founded by a former mechanic who survived a cyclone that engulfed the repair shop where he worked. It is downright terrifying to note how the healthy skepticism of the seemingly rational narrator gradually turns to cautious acceptance of the cult's lifestyle requirements, and ultimately morphs him into a true believer and incipient fanatic. In "A House on the Plains", the narrator is a young man whose mother is up to something, the nature of which gradually and subtly becomes horribly clear. It's a tiny little novel, and I rate it right up there with Tom Tryon's [The Other] for the way pieces fall in place to suggest and then reveal a picture you don't want to see but can't look away from. "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden" is a touching portrait of a disillusioned FBI agent who does what he can unofficially to rectify a sad situation created by a disturbed young woman with a grudge against her father and a bureaucratic system that sees nothing in human terms. Highly recommended.
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4 vote laytonwoman3rd | Dec 26, 2015 |
These stories are wonderful. ( )
  anitatally | Feb 2, 2015 |
I picked up this volume of short stories, hoping to read more about American life in smaller towns or even the countryside, but that did not entirely work out. True, these are stories about people in places all over the US, and not always in the big cities. But the title, Sweet land stories, should not be taken literally. It's use is ironic, hinting at some of the grotesk characters appearing in these stories. The stories did not interest me much, and some, like "Baby Wilson" even quite irritated me. Perhaps the most interesting was "Walter John Harmon" about a religious community, and how the spiritual leader elopes with the wife of one of the congregation. While reading, I wondered whether the baby, in the last story "Child, dead, in the rose garden" could be the "Baby Wilson" of that other story, but I wasn't very interested to reread and figure out. ( )
  edwinbcn | Jan 2, 2012 |
Prachtig boek over de strijd rond het bestaan van mensen vaak aan de zelfkant van de samenleving: zo komt de echtgenoot van een babykidnappende vrouw aan het woord, een man in een secte wiens vrouw er met de profeet / goeroe van de secte vandoor gaat, de zoon van een moeder die haar partners kaalplukt en ombrengt, de worstelende loser Jolene en de vlak voor zijn pensioen staande FBI-detective die te maken krijgen met manipulaties vanuit de staf rond de president betreffende een overleden jongentje die op onbekende wijze opeens opduikt op het terras van het Wiite Huis. ( )
  Anne51 | Oct 10, 2010 |
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"Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois ("A House on the Plains"), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ("Baby Wilson"), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ("Walter John Harmon"), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence ("Jolene: A Life"). And in "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden", you will witness the crisis of a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security."--BOOK JACKET.

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