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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
File size3.1 Mb
Release date 01.06.1992
ISBN9780393030228
Pages count221
Book rating4.14 (14 votes)
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I know Epstein more as an essay writer.His essays are better than his short fiction, but then I am very fond of his essays.I stayed with these stories in part because of their Chicago and north side environs (though he does drop names of people and locations a bit too much) and they have grown on me (should have started with the first story "The Count and the Princess" instead of jumping around the book).The stories are not about an event or a day, but about entire lives, the reflections of one generation on another and on the good life and what makes a life worth living.Not to say they are didactic, though they are full of academic characters.The stories fit together well and the sum seems more than any one piece.

And this description of U of Chicago academics at a party just killed me for its ferocious meanness and unfortunate truth:
"Kaplan was no beauty himself, but he had never seen so strong an air of confidence among people who seemed, somehow, slightly deformed.The women seemed dimmer and more disheveled than the men.Most were married couples, and in order for them to come together, Kaplan imagined, they must have arrived at some mutual agreement to overestimate each other."(122)


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