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Come Back, Dr. Caligari Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1965


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.; 1st edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000N5TH1A
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,445,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on March 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Come Back, Dr. Caligri" is a book of short stories told in narrative form, it tells the story of ordinary people but describes those people creatively and with wonderful humor.

In "The Piano Player," Brian's wife tells him, "The ham died,...I couldn't cure it." and later, "It said to tell you goodbye."
"It?"
"The ham..."

The dialogue is interesting and scattered as if many of the characters had attention defecit disorders and their minds couldn't stay focused.

When Brian asks his wife what they can eat, since the ham is gone, she informs him that there is Silly Putty in the freezer.

In "Will You Tell Me," it is as if this was told about the free-love movement in the '60s. Every one is sleeping with one another and think nothing of changing partners.

The author, Donald Barthelme, has gotten high praise for his originality and this book has been listed in the top 100 books that should be read.

I believe that short story fans will enjoy this book as a look at how orignal a short story collection can be.
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Format: Paperback
Come Back, Dr. Caligari, Barthelme's first published book, is a collection of fourteen short stories dealing either in a satirical or absurdist vein with contemporary American life. One element each of the stories seems to have in common is a deliberate incongruousness in their language or content. The history of a sordid love affair is told in the style of a fairy tale. A society-page profile of two fashion models is intertwined with a clinical discussion of the use of forceps in delivering stillbirths and a list of words beginning with S. A television game show is based on existentialism. And the Batmobile has a pack of cigarettes in the glove compartment and a bottle of vodka under the front seat. These are entertaining little stories, and it's intriguing to see how the author plays with the craft of storytelling itself.
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