Dogfight

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A Los Angeles Times Notable Book: Short fiction by the author of Eveningland, ';a writer of the first rank' (Esquire). ';These 10 distinctive and intensely affecting stories confirm Knight as a writer of significant gifts. In short narratives that …

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    A Los Angeles Times Notable Book: Short fiction by the author of Eveningland, ';a writer of the first rank' (Esquire). ';These 10 distinctive and intensely affecting stories confirm Knight as a writer of significant gifts. In short narratives that invariably entice the reader with an arresting opening sentence, he establishes a solid sense of place, using the local color of his native Alabama, and transforms ordinary people into nearly mythic figures. The first story, ';Now You See Her,' sets the stage, constructing a conflict of nearly Oedipal proportions. A veterinarian widower and his teenage son, Xavier, who calls himself X, spy on Grace, their next-door neighbor, who ';it would appear... renounced clothing altogether'; the surprising climax occurs when her dog suddenly takes ill. In many of Knight's offerings, animals act as agents of change: in the title story, a dogfight is the catalyst for an adulterous affair and results in a parallel clash between the dogs' owners. ';Gerald's Monkey' uses a man's desire for a pet monkey to examine the emotional aftermath of Vietnam. Knight demonstrates agility with a diversity of viewpoints: he is equally at ease with first-person narration or third, an adult perspective or an adolescent's, as in a stunner called ';A Bad Man, So Pretty' (taken from a Muhammad Ali quote) that works up to a Cain and Abel-style confrontation. Knight's characters are both recognizable and transcendent, suddenly drawn into trespassing the ordinary limits of their lives to enter the realm of allegory.' Publishers Weekly

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    Format
    E-Bok
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    Filformat
    ePUB
    Utgivelsesår
    2007
    Forlag
    Grove Atlantic
    Språk
    Engelsk
    ISBN
    9781555848286
    Sider
    192

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