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I Looked Alive: Stories Paperback – January 21, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (January 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971248575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971248571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,109,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Lutz is the author of STORIES IN THE WORST WAY, I LOOKED ALIVE, and Partial List of People to Bleach. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
I Looked Alive is Gary Lutz's second collection of short stories. In it, Lutz writes wincingly good portraits of disaffected strangers in a style that is dark with both humor and forboding. His writing is a nattering nervous marvel of twists and turns with the language; he reveals our mutual tongue to be something that is rarely mutual and is often metaphorically grim . So it's no wonder that reviewers from Jane magazine to The Believer often have to skirt around the issue of what Lutz is exactly trying to say; they know only vaguely and cannot put one digit upon it for any enlightening amount of time. This is just as it should be with Lutz. Reviewers, just like regular people (it's been said that they ARE actually regular people but I need more proof of this), often are fearfully hostile of what they do not understand. Lutz gets more than his fair share of this kind of review.
What lies at the core of Lutz's work is the aching heart of the misunderstood, the stoic shy prideful shame of the perverse, and the limp damp coldness of the never loved or those who cannot love. His characters appear and disappear in confusing mists. They often zoom into pin-point focus and then dissipate as you read further. He's a master of the camera trick- or maybe a better word would be camera obscura trick- and like all good photographers, he illuminates only what he wants you to see. The distortions are his will, you must allow him to control the focus. Some people will not like this. They prefer the illusion of control, or, at least, of some control. Lutz will not give you this. If he lulls you into a sense of familiar structure, it is only to pull the rug out more firmly when the time comes.
I Looked Alive is a testament to the tender beauty of hideous apparitions .
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By E. Louis Cruz on September 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're here you already know what to expect from mr. lutz. This collection is very strong, although here the contorted syntax is denser than in Stories In the Worst Way and therefore this is bit less accessible.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Gary Lutz is the type of writer that young writers should look to emulate; not necessarily in his approach or in his means but in his effort. Nothing is taken lightly in the process of the creation of these stories. Every word is intended. What else can be said for a writer in a time of such dredge? He means what he says in a way that will leave you guessing. Gary Lutz, this book in particular, is ahead of his time.
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