Which, I might add, is a good thing.
He achieved such powerful effects; his stories were so funny, so moving, so original and offbeat, and yet so deceptively simple and effortless-seeming.
In THIS case, it IS great art and I have found myself reading this book over and over and over through the years.
Utter nonsense or great literature? You ask yourself this while reading. It's like when someone glues a bottle cap to a wall and says it's art and charges $200,000.00 for it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Earnest
I find Barthelme to be funny, witty, and surprising which to me equals entertainment. Be warned, though, this is that beyond post-modern almost gonzo fiction stuff that some may... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pharmer
Donald Barthelme, Forty Stories
introduction by Dave Eggers (2005)
Short fiction is capable of drastically more than we use it for. Read more
All I can bear is to listen to Erik Satie in the early afternoon. Bartheleme has ruined everything. Best read "Rock Springs" by Richard Ford.Published 11 months ago by John Harmon
While very challenging and insightful, I found many of the stories to be superficially "cute" and a little self-indulgent. Not as satisfying as I thought it would be.Published on December 29, 2007 by Angus M. Kennedy
The Marx brothers and origami have an affair. They name the bastard Donald barthelme.Published on August 29, 2005 by kaygatto
As an aspiring writer, these stories by Barthelme give me hope that experimental literature still thrives in this sound byte-, laugh track-, talking head-prompted, fast-paced MTV... Read morePublished on August 22, 2005 by J. Jewell
Donald Barthelme is one of the very few masters of the short short story. The only others that come to mind are Saki, Borges, and Franz Kakfa. Read morePublished on May 4, 2002 by Robert Moore