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The stories in Robert Stone's first collection, Bear and His Daughter were written over the course of 30 years and cover a variety of topics from abortion to drug dealing. In "Miserere," Mary Urquhart, a widow who lost her own children in a terrible accident, now assuages her guilt by taking responsibility for the souls of the unborn. In "Under the Pitons, " the reluctant Blessington finds himself caught up in the grim aftermath of a drug-running scheme, while in "Porque No Tiene, Porque Le Falta" a hike up the side of a Mexican volcano brings about eruptions in the personal lives of ex-patriot Fletch and his companions.

Most of the characters in Stone's stories are male, most of them have no first names. The writing is spare, the motivations and emotions are telegraphed. Everyone in this collection has been wounded by life, and anger is their shield against further pain. Stone is well-known for uncompromising prose on subjects as divergent as Vietnam and Hollywood. In Bear and His Daughter, he continues his exploration of the dark recesses of the human soul.

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From the author of Outerbridge Reach: stories written over 30 years.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (May 14, 1998)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 1998
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S3NV0G
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ROBERT STONE is the author of seven novels: A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls. His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2006.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The themes will be familiar to those who've read Mr. Stone's novels. Alcohol & drug abuse, characters haunted by the past. His characters are on the verge of losing it, and often do. Mr. Stone knows how to build intensity, and his style and structure propel the reader toward the climax, climax being a more apt term than conslusion. Not for the faint of heart or those looking to be uplifted, but a look at life that is real indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Stone's short stories don't have much in the way of plot, but they each leave the reader with an unforgettable insight into the way Stone feels the world works. My favorite tale is "Aquarius Obscured," in which a woman gets high and takes her dog to the aquarium, where the woman has a conversation with a fascist dolphin. Each story here deserves careful reading, and readers who comply will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This collection of Robert Stone stories is a deeply felt, often beautiful arrangement of fictions dealing with the great themes of Conrad, Hemingway, but also without the obligatory machismo. "Helping," in particular, is an extraordinary story--masterfully crafted and with a beautiful command of negative space. Stone's preoccupations are with the possibility of heroism in the modern world, the nature and contradictions of piety and faith, the tragedy of addiction, as well as American hubris and stupidity. "Under the Pitons" is a particularly engaging story that doesn't shy away from the conventions of the sea-adventure--Stone employs his tropes strategically and with obvious skill. "Bear and his Daughter" takes you to the fullest depths of tragedy--its precision of feeling lies in the kind of command of character rarely seen in American short fiction today. An outstanding collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JCB VINE VOICE on July 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This isn't the most uplifting collection of stories; in fact, it's a bit depressing. Each story seems to remark on the fragility and transience of human life. From the first story, Miserere, centered around aborted fetuses and religion, to the last, Bear & His Daughter, about the renuinion of alcoholic father and daughter, readers will perhaps not see a flicker of optimism in each of Robert Stone's stories. Despite the dark themes in Stone's stories, reader's will notice the beauty of Stone's narratives. He is a master crafter, and his words flow with beautiful consistency and intellect. His sentences were a treat for me to read. All the stories are particulary strong, my favorite being the title story, Bear & His Daughter.
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