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Dreaming in Fields of Killer Sheep: and Other Stories

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0595296347
ISBN-10: 0595296343
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About the Author

David DiSalvo was born in Rochester, New York. He received a BA in English Literature and an MA in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. In addition to being an author and essayist, he is an award-winning social marketing and advertising specialist. He lives with his wife and three kids.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (October 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595296343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595296347
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,358,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This scintillating set of unrelated short stories brings us into the lives of a set of well-drawn characters, most (but not all) in the early decades of their careers. These men and women are still searching, with an often haunting clarity, for themselves, and for what life means to them. Many of them face a sudden opportunity to change the course of their life drastically, and their choices reflect not only the unexpected peripheral outcome of such an event, but the frequently mercurial nature of the opportunity itself.
My two favorites among this favorite-rife collection both incorporate a plot twist that brings the reader, shivering with delight and apprehension both, into an unexpected plane. My foremost favorite, "Beneath," follows a hesitant father into the female clothing section seeking a gift for his adolescent daughter. I won't give away the particulars of the stark drama that unfolds, except to say that there is a later conversation between himself and an unrelated adolescent that simply leaps off the page with its unexpected raw emotional honesty, and the startling ways in which such honesty can bring resolution, even if without an actual solution to an immediate problem.
"Godzilla's Revenge," although gruesome in the extreme, is in some ways a much lighter tale, because it is as gripping and (one hopes) unrealistic as the horror flicks of the title and of the narrator's professional bent. In a tale somewhat reminiscent of "Deliverance," two young white-collar city lads step by accident into a grisly adventure in which their unlikely rustic opponents all sport mullets (can we find a more hideous scenario right there?!).
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This book of entertaining and provocative short stories, snippets of a kind of life, explore the old existential questions (suggested by the back cover): "forging" a self-identity, "confronting the past," and "living an 'authentic' life." The author, who apparently works in the public relations field, poses the questions one might suspect the author is asking of himself. Indeed, in his title story, one might wonder if the protagonist serves for Mr. Disalvo the role that the internet plays for the protagonist.
The title story, ("Dreaming in Fields of Killer Sheep") is the tale of an advertising executive who watches his highly desirable life implode, horrifically but quite willingly.
The reader might start the story by asking himself, what if Holden Caufield never wandered the streets of Catcher in the Rye's New York in his preteen years? Instead, suppose Caufield grew up and became an advertising executive in Atlanta and only then had his crisis of identity. If so, he might have had a journey similar to that of Stephen Polantil.
Beginning his journey in Atlanta, Stephen Polantil is awakened by an earthquake registering 4.9 on the Richter scale. Not enough to wreak havoc, but enough to alert the reader that Stephen is about to embark upon an unexpected and traumatic quest.
As a high ranking ad executive with higher doubts about the work he is performing and the nature of his relationship to his fiance, Stephen begins an anonymous website he entitles "Sir-Rants-A-Lot" where he pours out what he cannot otherwise express in his professional and personal lives.
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I am not particularly a short story fan as I have found that most authors (aside from the great like Steinbeck) need many more words to develop an interesting plot and realistic characters. David DiSalvo did not require the extra pages to accomplish that. I kept expecting to be disappointed with at least one of the stories in the collection. It did not happen.
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By A Customer on February 16, 2004
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This is a readable and interesting collection of stories. I found myself engaged by the characters and plot lines; my attention was held nearly all the way through, which isn't the typical experience I have with all the books I read. I also enjoyed the brevity of most of the stories and found it easy to finish one at a sitting and then come back to the book to read another later on. I'll definitely be recommending this one to friends.
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