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5.0 out of 5 stars sharp and concise
Caldwell's stories are very sharp, concise and pointed. No word is wasted in his deceptively simple way of adressing Southern life in America. This anthology of short stories makes it pretty obvious that Caldwell ought to be read for years to come. Far more than a vulgar comedian; he is one of the very few writers that really manage to satirize the crudest, meanest,...
Published on January 31, 2001 by T. Bekken

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There were a lot of typos and some spelling mistakes as well as the incorrect use of bold characters and capitalization. Formatting was bad in some places. .
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sharp and concise, January 31, 2001
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T. Bekken (Austmarka Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Stories of Erskine Caldwell (Paperback)
Caldwell's stories are very sharp, concise and pointed. No word is wasted in his deceptively simple way of adressing Southern life in America. This anthology of short stories makes it pretty obvious that Caldwell ought to be read for years to come. Far more than a vulgar comedian; he is one of the very few writers that really manage to satirize the crudest, meanest, lowliest people you ever saw, and still come across as a story-teller who loves his characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can almost hear the music.", June 28, 2013
This review is from: The Stories of Erskine Caldwell (Paperback)
In addition to his three novels (GOD'S LITTLE ACRE, TOBACCO ROAD and GRETTA), I've now read his collected short stories.

I said in my review of GRETTA at the end of last year that Caldwell was the master of character development. I'm now prepared to add to that accolade that he's also the maestro of word choice and sentence structure. By that, I mean that he would seem to feel (or hear) the appropriate rhythm for each story he tells.

One thing Caldwell does -- and does remarkably well -- is use repetition. In the hands of any less of a master, the result would be boredom (the reader's) and redundancy (the writer's). But Caldwell can take a thought or a sentence and spin it over and over again with only slight syntactical variations. The result is mesmerizing.

Taken as a whole, this collection of short stories is a trove; taken individually, each contribution is a gem. While some may shine more brilliantly than others, each story has a sparkle. I don't know how else to put it. Does Caldwell have the wit of a T. C. Boyle? No, I don't think so. But then, humor is often regional and zeitgeistig -- meaning, that it doesn't survive the ravages of time. (If you don't believe me, (re-)read Aristophanes -- or even Molière. Some things were downright hilarious in their time; in our time, they're lucky if they elicit a shrug.)

And yet, when Caldwell writes the thing he knows best, he's unbeatable. And that thing is the poverty of the Deep South and Deep North. From Georgia to Maine, Caldwell goes to the heart of the region and the matter -- and finds it either impoverished, broken, or on the verge of an arrest.

We, in the meantime, are the beneficiaries of his genius -- even if it's at the expense of his characters. Never did I want a writer's characters to be drawn from real life. And yet, I fear -- as is almost universally the case -- that they were.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, January 22, 2011
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This book is a great resource of the short stories of Caldwell. I never knew he had written so many, and this book really compiles them in one place. Highly recommended reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad transcription, April 16, 2014
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There were a lot of typos and some spelling mistakes as well as the incorrect use of bold characters and capitalization. Formatting was bad in some places. .
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The Stories of Erskine Caldwell by Erskine Caldwell (Paperback - October 1, 1996)
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