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That's great you were able to read a writer who was on your list too bad though the story wasn't a standout. I have a hard time with experimental fiction. I really need to be read it or like you, I'll be thinking of another book/story.


I have writers that I do really want to like and enjoy but simply can't get on with and have decided that life is too short to bother about it! We can't all like the same things otherwise it would be a very boring world!

I have Claire Keegan's Walk the Blue Fields which I bought after I read her novella Foster from the library and absolutely fell in love with her writing.
Haven't started it yet - always much quicker at buying books than getting around to reading them! - but I am really looking forward to reading a story a day all being well.
Hope you like her.


Sorry you've been under the weather...I meant to mention that in my comment on your last post. Hope you've been taking it easy and enjoying rest and extra reading.

This does sound like an intriguing story, but I know too well the feeling of having missed something. I usually go online and try to find a discussion of the book or story someplace to see if that helps. I primarily read for enjoyment as well, and sometimes I feel like I'm missing all the nuances that are hovering around the story.


No New Yorker story this week? The Barnes sounds interesting. I've not read her before but she is on my perpetual TBR list. You made it pretty far into the book before you came to a story you didn't like all that much, that's worth something!


I am not sure what it was but that story just did nothing for me--compared to all the rest which I have so enjoyed, I was disappointed. But I do think I will try one of her novels someday--not rushing out to read more of her right away, but you never know when the mood will strike! :) I want to like experimental fiction, but more often than not I just don't enjoy it and will be thinking of some other nice comfort read I could have in hand...


I think you are right about that one. The nice thing about short stories is you don't invest too much time or effort into an untried author! I have the novella Foster, too, and have read the first of Claire Keegan's stories from that collection--she is a very good writer, but that first story was rather heavy. I think Irish lit tends to just be that way sometimes--dark and unhappy.... I am so quick at buying more and more books--but I will Never be able to keep up. I sometimes wonder if I just concentrated on reading the books in my bedroom alone how long it would take to get through them all (and not buy or borrow anything new)--I am sure it would take YEARS!


I was so happy with myself for staying healthy when it seemed like Everyone I work with got ill. Well, so much for that--I get sick after the fact. I hate that feeling--you just drag and feel not as miserable as you could but no energy either. I am mostly over it all now--just a cough that doesn't seem to want to go away. I usually get on better with what I read, but this story just felt like a slog--can you tell by my post?! It was disappointing after reading so many good ones--one after another! I did look around a little but I didn't really find anything about this specific story. I might look in my library and see if we have a book of criticism of her work, but now I think maybe the moment has passed! Maybe I was just too cranky because I didn't feel well!


The first double issue of the year! My next issue will come this Friday complete with a new story. I should really have written more about the Murakami story in the last issue which I just barely mentioned, but I admit, I got lazy! :) I will try one of Djuna Barnes's novels someday. I just wasn't thrilled about the story--and after such a good run of really great stories. Well, I have higher hopes for the Antonia White story--I have read and liked her before so I am optimistic!

Liz F

A lot of Irish stories have that touch of Celtic melancholy about them but it's something I quite like. Ancestral voices I suppose!


They do, don't they? In a way that is why I like them--but sometimes they can be so dark! Have you read Walter Keady? I read Mary McGreevy years ago and it was excellent from what I recall. I was thinking I would pick up one of his other books this month--must get moving on my Irish authors....maybe a list is in order? Hmm.


I've read a lot of Djuna Barnes as a teenager. She didn't really strike me as experimental. Nightwoods is amazing. But I haven't redad this story and I'm not exactly in the mood for it right now.


I had never read her before, and maybe I was under the assumption she is harder than she really is. I know she is a 'modernist' writer and whenever I hear that term applied I immediately think experimental. The story, in this case, was actually not so very hard to follow once I had gone back over it again. Someday I will read more of her, though I am more in the mood for other books, too.

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