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- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: Dybbuk Press (April 24, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003J35KG4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm so glad I opened the first pages. These tales are not about disillusionment, though they almost seem that they should be. They're about surviving all the things that happen in our lives, even as we plug along in the repetition of bad luck and bad choices.
The titles of the three stories and three novellas in the collection all feature the word "happen" in some way: "Nothing Like That Ever Happened," "What Happens When Things Happen to People," and "Where He Was the Day It Happened," to name three. "Happen" suggests that our lives are not in our control, that we're part of events that we react to and adjust to and quarrel with, and the characters in these stories all follow the same patterns of letting life pull them along, coping or not coping as life "happens" to them. Yet, in each tale, I was surprised by genuine love that unfolded, by quiet emotions that surfaced, and the feeling that something good could still happen.
In "Nothing Like That Ever Happened," the narrator tells the story of his prodigy child who writes successful novels at age nine. The tone is a rather contented resignation. He says, "I'd given up on my dreams ..." and "I'd convinced myself I was better for it." He sits alone in his chair "and watches everything," while the reader get glimpses of what the daughter writes about, the story she needs to tell.Read more ›
For that very reason, my favorite story in this collection was the novella, "Now That I Know What Happened, Could You Hold Me, Please, and Say This Is Love?" where the protagonist, Paul Augustine, searches for something -- anything -- that might make sense in his world. He misplaces his affections in the lovelessness of empty women; he even loses an eye. But in the end, his determination to survive his struggles lead him to the simplicity of a loving family, finally, and the birth of his first son. It was a beautifully balanced story whose hopeful ending was crafted with a confident touch. For me, that's what stands out about this entire collection: Hemmingson is a damn good storyteller who will carve his way into you with considerable skill.
I debated about whether or not to write this review. On the one hand, I really enjoy Michael Hemmingson's writing. I read through several of the author's stories in other formats and I really enjoyed them. I even skimmed through the paper copy of this book with Amazon's "Search inside this book" function, and everything looked great there too.
On the other hand, the Kindle version of this book of short stories is absolutely awful. I am not entirely sure who is to blame for the state of this electronic edition, but there really is no excuse and they are only doing the author a disservice. I have a feeling that the problem lies with Dybbuk Press. I downloaded a copy of Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre, also put out by Dybbuk Press, and it had some pretty major formatting issues as well.
The quote by Gordon Lish at the beginning of the book was doubled for no reason. Every line of dialogue has two sets of quotation marks, so that it looks like this: ""Can you imagine how much fun it would be to read a book where the dialogue looks like this?"" he asked. Except that one set is curly while the other is straight. There were misspellings and stray punctuation strewn throughout. At one point in the first story, a sentence ends with a period which is followed by a semi-colon. It really was a mess.
And it is a shame. Like I said, I love Michael Hemmingson, but this electronic edition is an absolute disgrace to the man and it also makes Dybbuk Press look bad.
I know Tim Lieder likes to hang around Amazon, so I hope he gets to read this. Tim, the book is fantastic and the price is a steal at $2.99, but there is no excuse for the way this e-version turned out.Read more ›
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One of the best explorations in human nature I have come around in quite some time. Perfectly written,stories that envolve you in their awkward normalcy. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Bordeaux Dogue
This is my first encounter with the writing of Michael Hemmingson and I really appreciated this collection of nitty-gritty shorts. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Michael
Michael Hemminson is a writer whose works crawl insidiously through your skin and loge in the psyche like an uninvited guest who ends up being the only member of a party worth the... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Grady Harp
The language is light and economical yet is powerfully evocative. At the various times I felt myself with and of the amazingly real and (somehow) utterly absurd character. Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Wino
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