With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a. This excellent collection of Donald Barthelme’s literary output during the s and s covers the period when the writer came to. Donald Barthelme is not afraid to be stupid. If you’re expecting to open this book, read it from start to finish, and for there to be recognizeable.

Author: Domuro Fenrik
Country: Netherlands
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Health and Food
Published (Last): 22 December 2005
Pages: 202
PDF File Size: 16.51 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.82 Mb
ISBN: 625-5-61080-651-2
Downloads: 66118
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Shaktikus

I love that I could just randomly listen from here to there and get something out barthepme even the shortest sequences of sentences. You can see it trying to be funny and failing, or just plain showing off, dropping names.

Sixty Stories – Donald Barthelme – Google Books

Take your fucking vitamins. Simply put, this guy works pure magic. The point is that we are not finished needing, from marvelously gifted writers such as he, help with the vicissitudes of modern life.

Apparently, Barthelme’s short story, Marginsinspired a WordPress layout named after him too download it here. I’m not sure it’s possible except that Beckett did it before these short stories were written and the influence is apparent. The stories in this book will show you some fantastic possibilities.


Barthelme is not big on paragraphic unity: This operates only after 10 P. Here are urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts.

Donald Barthelme – ’60 Stories’

Having now read authors like David Foster Wallace and Ben Marcus since last reading this book, it has become clear to me how much their formal experimentalism benefited from Barthelme’s early explorations.

If some things had gone differently in my life, I would have read this book more than a bit of time ago, but dnald with other things, no point in dwelling on paths not taken earlier. That is almost laughably easy. Bart’s 5 – Wow I got stronger as a reader, and so did the stories. We have a green substance that, well, I’d rather not talk about.

A reason why I never was a huge Pynchon fan either, I guess. Looking for More Great Reads? The stories are storries strange, surrealistic, and absurd, yet done with just the right amount of flair and subtlety.

And what a ride! A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme We could be talking about Bucharest…my home town and a place which has too many churches.

Or maybe that’s wrong, maybe the appeal of Barthelme is in the diffusion bartheelme details, the flood of random crap: And then there were a handful of stories I flat out didn’t like. I didn’t know exactly what to make of it then, but I knew that I enjoyed it immensely.


Lists with This Book. May 13, Guttersnipe Das rated it it was amazing. Who are these people, what are these worlds, why are these strange things happening in this book? We have a family of fishes trained to attack their fishes.

I basically have no idea what that was all about. I am not well.

Sixty Stories

True, the other main character is a kind of a bigot, species of which this town of churches has plenty. I am glad I found Books by Donald Barthelme. And so, near the end You wouldn’t think to find a heart beneath the glittering surface of such postmodern stories, would you?

Like all of Barthelme’s work, the sixty dtories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at bbarthelme unsettling and irresistible. I praised a Bonnard.