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So who got in? There are a good number of cut-and-dried classics here, including Hemingway's "The Killers," Faulkner's "That Evening Sun Go Down," and Philip Roth's acidic spin on religious connivance, "Defender of the Faith." In other cases, major authors are represented by relatively minor works. Yet it's hard to quibble with the inclusion of Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, J.F. Powers, Eudora Welty--particularly when you take into account that their second-tier creations are fully the equal of anybody else's masterpieces. And the final third of the book really does constitute an honor roll of contemporary American fiction, with brilliant entries by Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, Tim O'Brien, Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, John Cheever, and Vladimir Nabokov. (For the latter, Updike actually succumbed to his own idolatry and bent the rules for admission--but nobody who reads the hallucinatory "That in Aleppo Once..." will regret it.) It goes without saying that fiction fans will be complaining about the editor's sins of omission well into the next century. But no matter how you slice it, this remains an elegant and essential advertisement for the short form. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I wanted to read these stories to make up for my lack of exposure to them during my school years. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed the short gem of Hemingway's "The... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 2 Parts Borax
Not a single 'bad' story in the lot! Some stories seemed 'better' than others, but all were GREAT reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. John T. Webb
Was happy to have been able to buy the book for way cheaper. I also noticed, and I don't know why, but the book was a lot less dense/thicker than my classmates'. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kaylee
Book arrived May 13 (promised by May 29) -
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I belong to a Short Story Club (think "Book... Read more
"You're Ugly Too" is the last story in this collection and also my favorite. There's a good Annie Proulx story in there that's great too.Published 10 months ago by glen william perry
Wonderful collection of stories. Updike made excellent selections to represent a century of short stories.Published 11 months ago by Gail Ramsey
The stories have sparked many good discussions in my group.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer