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Anagrams Paperback – March 13, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Then there is the incredible loneliness and sadness threaded throughout the book. Very strong and so real. This book has a punch.
I am going to quote a paragraph that caught my attention as I read.
"You cannot be grateful without possessing a past. That is why children are incapable of gratitude and why night prayers and dinner graces are lost on them. "Gobbles Mommy, Gobbles Grandpa..." George races through it. She has no reference points. As I get older the past widens and accumulates, all sloppy landlessness like a river, and as a result I have more clearly demarcated areas of gratitude. Things like ice cream or scenery or one good kiss become objects of a huge soulful thanks. Nothing is gobbled. This is a sign of getting old."
The book is a bit "experimental" in its structure. The first four "chapters" are really short stories, each one fully complete and self-contained in itself. These take up one quarter of the book's pages, and the fifth chapter, titled "The Nun of That," fills out the remaining three quarters. Each of the five stories features a suite of main characters who have the same names, and similar personalities and backgrounds as well. It's as if Moore were a musician performing a concert, first playing some short tunes that feature variations on similar themes and then settling in for a longer composition to conclude the performance. It's an interesting exercise in constructing a book, but a potential reader shouldn't get the impression that this book is nothing more than an interesting intellectual exercise. On the contrary, to my eye Lorrie Moore is among the most deeply "humanist" of living writers. Her focus is on the lives and feelings of her characters, and not on dry intellectual exercises. It's the deeply-felt humanity of her characters that makes her writing so delightful, and so devastating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I mistakenly bought it while I was half-asleep thinking it was actually about ANAGRAMS! Now I can't even give it away!Published 8 months ago by Peter
I thought the story and the idea was fascinating. I was initally confused, but once I 'caught on' , I thought it was well done! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pm Ford
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This is a devastating book more than it is hilarious. Don't let that quote from the New York Times on the cover fool you. Read more
Lorrie Moore will be our next Nobel Laureate. When I finished reading "Anagrams" (on my Kindle) I immediately reread it. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Curt Swarm
I enjoyed this book of short stories. The writer is swift, clever and intelligent. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published on May 15, 2014 by Anthony W. Dopke
Just a bad book.
Spoiler alert: Awful main character who apparently imagines a child after an abortion or some such and then proceeds to hate on students at a junior... Read more
funny, as Moore often is but the way the story unfolds leaves doubts about the character--which is the real one. You end up not quite sure you know them. Not Moore's best.Published on September 7, 2013 by Claudine Carroll