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The Little Disturbances of Man (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback – January 8, 1985


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  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (January 8, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140075577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140075571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ethan E Bodle on June 9, 2001
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These are stories of real-life love and relationships (ie: imperfect, strange and unexpected - not cheesy or sappy at all). Paley drops the reader into the heart of the character and creates for us a world so vivid, yet so different from what we know, that I felt dizzy the first time I read one of these stories. Her use of language is so perfect it makes me laugh out loud (on the subway) and I enjoy reading any given paragraph over several times. I use this book for inspiration every time I try (in vain) to write something creative myself... check it out!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By wordtron on March 25, 2000
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What makes Paley worth reading and important is her language, which is plain, simple english, but the order in which she places the words create sentences that burst with gut-life. Her sentences are like clever, immigrant hands--hard-won wisdom with an untiring lust for life. Most of the stories are set in a New York reminiscent of The Honeymooners, unfortunately due to my age my only point of reference. But ultimately, as the subtitle says, these are clear, gritty stories of men and women at love. This is writing that your mother would understand; and make you glad to be alive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Vella on November 24, 2009
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Grace Paley's stories are of a type--somewhat Jewish and feminist--but her style and wit is so sardonic and original that she escapes stereotyping. Whereas some of her collections are uneven, these stories are uniformly droll and wise. "Goodbye and Good Luck" should not be missed.
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