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Nightwork (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Paperback – June 1, 2000
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However, the novel is about all things dark. At first it felt edgy and exciting but once you read about 5 different characters who are all in their own unique messed up scenario you start to feel a bit less interested in the darkness as a whole. She never departs from just telling stories that all have some messed up motivation behind him. I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone unless they really have a flair for this kind of writing and a stomach for some dark topics.
I think this book was very well written, I do. But in some cases, the stories were overstuffed with pretty words and became hard to follow at points.
It wasn't a horrible book, by any means. I loved parts and hated parts. I wouldn't recommend it to someone, unless they were ready to dive into a deep book of artsy stories and scattered thoughts.
Nightwork projects on the nocturnal screen of literature an extraordinary innovative style: Filmy. Organic. Deliberate. Sexual.
Her sentences compacted; words intense, dynamic, sensual. The mechanics of her stories well-oiled, run on its own Schutt's vernacular.
She addresses sexuality and kinship, mundane bondage, social rituals inside of bedrooms and in cars, diseases and deaths, with such keen honesty and blurred lucidness--I am made speechless. Her writing is the rawest and the most original I have been exposed to in the last two years. I consider her "Dead Men" in this collection riveting. As demonstrated from the following two excerpts: "she hears it catching and puts her hand out as if to press the dead man still when he is forever making noises-gaseous exhalations in the downward drift" and "The love she thinks, does not know or want to say he knows what she is-sore, a hole, a blankness he must try to strike."
Others short stories such as "Metropolis" and "To have and to Hold" carry the same tone of a richly forbidden morbidity as "Dead Men".