New PDF release: A Slipping-Down Life

By Anne Tyler

ISBN-10: 0307788326

ISBN-13: 9780307788320


Evie Decker is a shy, a bit of plump youngster, lonely and silent. yet her quiet existence is shattered while she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey at the radio and turns into immediately interested in him. She manages to fulfill him, bursting out of her lonely shell--and into the attentive gaze of the intangible guy who turns into all too real....

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But Howells’s review misreads Chesnutt’s novelistic The Conjure Woman, missing (or choosing to downplay) the radical underpinnings of Uncle Julius’s relationship with the representative white audience for his stories (the rich, transplanted northerner John and wife Annie), while also ignoring the ways that Julius claimed authority over the local cultural space of the postwar South via a trickster rhetorical stance. Accordingly, we could position Howells as a stand-in for the character John, whose self-assured take on Julius repeatedly misses the point of the stories Annie hears with a more sensitive ear.

Hemingway pictures these years as a time when he savored interactions with fellow artists like Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, Sherwood Anderson, and Gertrude Stein. He recalls a conversation tweaking Stein for having said, “All of you young people who served in the war” represented “a lost generation” (ch. 7). Hemingway resists that characterization with a portrayal of Stein’s own salon as providing shared camaraderie leavened with intellectual energy, even as he limns himself as more dedicated to serious craft than some of his Parisian colleagues—particularly Fitzgerald.

Born in Canada, Eaton followed her older sister Edith (who wrote as Sui Sin Far) by simultaneously affirming some audience expectations and cleverly tweaking others. In this respect, some might assess Winnifred Eaton’s success as a novelist as capitulation—remaining within confines Chesnutt seemed to have accepted in the early stage of his career but eventually rejected. Another interpretation, however, would foreground her rhetorical awareness, crediting her with astute manipulation of an available authorial role.

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