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Last Stands : Notes from Memory Hardcover – September, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0941038041 ISBN-10: 0941038041 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: COYNE & CHENOWETH; 3rd edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941038041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941038041
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,703,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a slice of America...a masterpiece of reminiscence." -- Doris Grumbach, NPR

"This is an American classic. It belongs on everyone's American bookshelf, and it should be on the desk of every college teacher of writing." -- Boston Globe, Dec. 1982

From the Publisher

This family history is the progenitor of the current popular memoir genre. Originally published by David Godine.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mora L. Finnerty on August 14, 2001
Hilary Masters' memoir Last Stands exhibits uniqueness in writing with a universal appeal. Whether it be upper class zeal, lower class pride, war stories, grandparents, grandchildren, health, humor, abuse, neglect, tolerance, strength, or even food, there is something in it for everyone.
Overall, Last Stands is a patchwork piece--a memoir and indirect autobiography glittered with several familial biographies. Masters constantly switches scenes and elements of focus, but he overlaps his storyline, keeping the reader grounded, despite a sequence of simultaneous events. Thus, history is tied together in a busy but logical manner.
Although Masters reveals disturbing events, he adds tidbits of humor to lighten the mood. In addition, he compares and contrasts fictitious characters, such as Odysseus, to events in his own life--a technique that grants him boundless points-of-view. Furthermore, his ingenuity unfolds with his use of secondary sources: letters, poems, epitaphs, and invitations. Finally, his use of dialogue carries the story where it might otherwise seem bland.
Even where memory falls short in the author's mind, he entertains the reader with his image of how a situation could have happened. Thus, Masters offers creative details of a picture that might have been there, and even if it wasn't, he proves that the truth is as real as the writer's true imagination.
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