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    Rivka Galchen ✓ 2 Free download (PDF/EBOOK) American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen DNF I really struggled to get through the first 4 stories in this book And then I gave up I closed the book with a good clear conscience and put it away This is the first book in a long long LONG time that I did not finish It was disappointing and I really struggled with the thought of putting it down without completing it first Especially given that it's a collection of short stories and that it could always c

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    (PDF/EBOOK) American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen ✓ 2 Free download Summary  PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Rivka Galchen Many of my reviews here are off the cuff riffs that inform reviews that I write for other publications namely The Floating Library my books column for San Diego CityBeat Sometimes the review I post here is a cut and paste job from a published

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The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story, eReaders ButGalchen left a but hanging at thend of a paragraph like that and I loved it one little word so weighty Butlike I said there is much in this collection that is Sid and Sam emotionally stirring from that ironic frission a reader gets when you see characters lying or refusing to answer straight forwardly to the powerful way that Galchen captured a young girl s first major and unreuited crush on an inappropriately older man in Wild Berry Blue I begin to feel as if maybe I am going to cry because of these accumulated moments of being nothing That s what it feels like standing so close to this type of beauty like being nothingHe looks down at me startled then laughs abruptly Hi little sexy he says Then he laughs again too loud and the other cashier who has one arm shrunken and paralyzed turns and looks and then looks away againThese few seconds seem likeverything that has Screwball ever happened to meMy milk somehow purchased I go back to the table wondering if I am green ormitting a high pitched whistling sound or deadI feel a whole birch tree pressing against my inner walls its leaves reaching to the top of my throat the awful sense of wanting some other life I know those feelings just like that but hadn t really remembered them until this short story so that s definitely worthwhile Perhaps if I could have identified with Galchen s other themes she repeatedly mentions time travel unemployed young women who have dead fathers and non understanding mothers writers who are also scientists attraction to men with unwashed hair acupuncture manatees perhaps if of her themes resonated with me motionally I could have also connected with them intellectually And my final observation I read American Innovations because it s on the 2014 Giller Prize longlist meant to recognise xcellence in Canadian fiction but simply being born in Toronto doesn t make Rivka Galchen raised in and residing in the States a typically Canadian writer and this book has nothing to do with Canadian themes If anything it seems perfectly representative of the Creative Writing Program at Colombia where Galchen is an adjunct professor and has much in common with her colleagues Siri Hustvedt and her The Blazing World and Gary Shteyngart and I wondered if her mention of Gary Gnu was a shoutout to him I wish Canadian prizes were truly reserved for Canadian books The Outlaw Jesse James end rant DNF I really struggled to get through the first 4 stories in this book And then I gave up I closed the book with a good clear conscience and put it away This is the first book in a long long LONG time that I did not finish It was disappoi I think I m suffering from Gregory Maguire Syndrome with Rivka Galchen I m just not I just don t I can t seem to The stories and the writing are strange and gorgeous like odd colourfulxciting flowers that you see at the garden centre and then you get them home and try to plant them but your soil is all clay and the plants can t take root and wither and die My brain is clay BUT I did connect to Wild Berry Blue omg so true The likelihood that I will Up All Night enjoy a writer who writes with a tangible for some obscure reasontched into very utterance is slim What are we to do with all those connections in our lives that you know bind us All Together As A People Nothing Avoid together as a people Nothing Avoid Write in short sentences like these Characterize them as all those things I so studiously knew nothing about which one of Galchen s narrators actually states for the record I tend not to read books with sentences like I tend not to answer calls identified as Unavailable Or ones where anytime the author would wish to say just about anything she must add ualifiers doubting she is really saying it since it is the older people generally who have money and who thus support the younger people who have youth Or something this kind of paralyzing self doubt xpressing ven kind of paralyzing self doubt xpressing Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, even most mundane thoughts is reflected in Galchen s flat prose so common to American fiction that if you have four thoughts to say you re going to need four sentences to say them Fiction wise it is obvious the swerve she makes away from autobiography All of this was not long after the publication of my first novel and I had some moneyven a bit of dignity as the novel had been somewhat successful at least I d been given a decent advance and some money from foreign rights too it was a dream but I didn t have lots of dignity and I didn t have lots of money ither just some Hey that sounds just like Rivka Galchen the author of Atmospheric Disturbances But to clarify The novel was a love story between a bird and a whale Oh well gee maybe I guessed my fictional game wrong It is suggested there is something metaphysical about Galchen s faction in literature those who wonder if people aren t in fact simulacra in this technological age manifested in Literary Circles As One Can Never Really Know Who Another circles as one can never really know who another is and so one must console console console our words into a binding In the great world of politics this is called waffling for those who are forever sitting on both sides of an issue for not knowing what to say about the very things you re supposed to care about If there was a poll taken for the upcoming lection that asks Which party will you be voting for the human race or the forces of the cosmos Galchen wouldn t know what to answer She s an Undecided Every poet recognizes the limits of Here With Me (Together experience But the great ones don t go numb by them They write perfectly crafted poems in gorgeous language rather than jot down references to Heidegger and a slew of Or somethings Galchen recognizes these limitations sort of maybe or who knows and to these she adopts His unusual collection also have secret lives in conversation witharlier stories As in the tradition of considering Wallace Stevens’s “Anecdote of the Jar” as a response to John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” Galchen’s “The Lost Order” covertly recapitulates James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” while “The Region of Unlikeness” is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Aleph” The ti. ,
Galchen s stories are not satisfying in the way short stories are usually satisfying These stories are not tidy they twist in the middle heading in a different direction and then flutter out at the Double Deception (Code Name: Danger end But I found that I respected this way of story telling in that it felt like real life This is a funny conclusion considering the numerous non realisticlements in the stories Yet the stories remained true I remained Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, entertained and intrigued throughout the collection The one story that will stay with me is Wild Berry Blue In this story Galchen pushes beyond the intellectual realm and delves into themotional realm She describes the 9 year old s crush with wonderful detail and the protagonist s flip flopping in her mind Grave Tattoo elicitedmotion and connection in this reader The other stories were interesting and Galchen s use of first person is commendable but because she stays in the realm of the intellect I m not sure if the other stories will continue to resonate beyond today But maybe they will Maybe my ironing board will walk out of my life and I will think of Galchen and this wonderful collection of stories You know what I m tired of this whole style I don t know what to call it ven Talented female writers whose characters I can t stand who seem to be made of nothing but self obsessive neurosis I ll just go back and re read Margaret Atwood s short stories or something I can t believe so many reviews of the title story failed to see how Atwood derivative it wasI m sure I ll read a few stories before I return this to the library but they don t hold together as a collection It s that lost anemic female narrator thing that I can t tolerate This story collection is wonderfully witty and melancholy or melancholy than witty filled with innuendoes that at times I couldn t understand being originally not from America but sensed on some other level On a universal level On a level of connection with words and images that stayed with me like bright flashes of very day strangeness Simple strangeness of Churchills Trial existence Things we do to fill our lives to think we know where we re going when in fact we have no clue There are two levels to these stories The humor glaze upon the soft tender inner something that is sad and wondrous and lonely and lost sometimes Most of the stories are told from the point of view of a young woman sometimes a writer going about her life meeting people thinking ruminating Perhaps the funniest and my favorite story was Sticker Shock on affair of a family told through numbers house cost numbers insurance numbers year numbers It s fantastic how underneath it all there was so much feeling and so much irony it made me laugh out loud In another story a young woman witnesses her furniturescape her apartment like it made up its mind and decided to leave her In another she gets tangled into a relationship with two men one of whom is the son of the other from the future through all of them like a nerve is strung some kind of a longing for being for togetherness for love yet there them like a nerve is strung some kind of a longing for being for togetherness for love and yet there never an answer Just like in real life All in all a delicious collection Beautifully written Of periwinkle blues and Kantian sublime and wit Before reading American Innovations I hadn t seen the cover blurb that states The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories reimagined from the perspective of female characters I don t know if understanding that beforehand would have altered my reading A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries experience I am at any rate unfamiliar with Borge s The Aleph and Gogol s The Nose so I can onlyvaluate what I found on the page and it was a somewhat uneven Lakeside Redemption experience For the most part these are uncomfortable stories veering often into the surreal with one woman s furniture running away and another having a breast appear on her abdomen but what was confusing to the mind often resonated in the heart Author Rivka Galchen definitely has a master s control of the English language as shown in thisxample with a woman speaking on the phone with her husband from The Lost Order We hadn t always conversed in a way that sounded like advanced ESL students trying to share In Pursuit of a Princess emotions but recently that was happening to us I think we were just trying to keep a steady course through an inevitable and insignificant strait in our relationship I m sorry Boo I say I m the one who should apologize I am suddenly missing him very badly as if I have been woken from one of those dreams where the dead are still with us Being awake feels awful I language along and then at some point in my ramblings he says to me I have to go now and then he is gone I was struck by that I language along as the perfectncapsulation of this type of conversation and there were many many such striking moments throughout this collection There were also a lot of Second Time Loving esoteric bits that lost me like I washed my face with peach scrub and took care as I generally do not to look into the mirror too gesamtkunstwerk ily Instead only in close patches Fortunately the NPR book review defined that for me as A German philosophical term about the total nature of the work of art first introduced by a mid nineteenth century German aesthetician named Trahndorff because I never would have looked it up I was annoyed by the inclusion of a word like gesamtkunstwerk and the repeated use of the Kantian sublime because they seemed designed toxclude non academics from total understanding and that would be my biggest complaint More than anything American Innovations with its literary allusions feminist imperative and post post modern constructions seems litist written for professional. A wickedly smart and deeply motional collection of imaginative storiesIn one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka’s Galchen’s American Innovations a narrator’s furniture walks out on her In another the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her In a third the petty details around a property transaction detail the complicated pains and loves of a familyhe stories in Rhetoric of know nothingness spoken deadpan to address these infinite realms inspired by no sense of direction whatsoever We may as well be a hurtling comet And that scratching on our surface a probe from planet Earth looking for information about us One of the young narrators Dark Awakening even frets about being denied sugared cereal for breakfasts in Wild Berry Blue There are a few times Galchen s narrators say they are not into symbols But in one story The Lost Order her narrator and her husband are in search of a lost wedding ring A book of symptoms rather than observationsThroughout reading this collection I kept asking myself How is it that someone with the world at her feet a book contract great respect among literary people by this her second book aroundight years later has so little to say about a culture that has Hawks Way (Hawks Way embraced her It is obvious she is looking directly at her life but has made the mistake of needing to address it through fiction Galchen needs to drop the fascination with Kafka someone whosevery sentence was rooted in multiple cultures an ability Galchen doesn t have and go ahead and write that memoir Family Men everyone who has noticed her wishes to read shredding that last vestige of postmodernism she is clinging onto like an obligation does to an audience Get rid of them This is the 21st century not the 20th Those kinds of games are over Galchen made all kinds of big splash with her first novel in 2008 Atmospheric Disturbances So readers have been waiting impatiently for a new book this is of short stories and they are international sciencey in the style of andrea barrett Servants of the Map Stories some surrealness so love but mostly none Lots of dead fathers and ghosts uality writing and stories like Deborah levy Black Vodka Ten Stories not ho hum shorts or at least not so memorable stories in something like baboon BaboonSo recommended for galchen and uality stories fans Many of my reviews here are off the cuff riffs that inform reviews that I write for other publications namely The Floating Library my books column for San Diego CityBeat Sometimes the review I post here is a cut and paste job from a published review This one is neither I ve written my review and turned it in and I m writing today to tell you that I m disappointed in it and in myself I generally don t read other reviews of books I m reading until I ve finished writing the review I think that s standard practice If I have a problem with a book I m curious to see if others found it problematic too but I don t want my thinking about a book clouded by what other critics have written When I finished American Innovations there was a lot to read because it s the paperbackdition of a follow up to a big debut novel that received a great deal of acclaim so all the major book reviewing outlets weighed in when it came out last spring and I discovered that my review wasn t all that different from the reviews I was reading which was disappointing In the jacket copy and promo materials the publisher teases #the reader with the notion that the stories are contemporary retellings of canonical works of #reader with the notion that the stories are contemporary retellings of canonical works of with all of the male protagonists replaced by modern women The copy goes on to point out how this story references Gogol and that story riffs on Borges Creative Participation etc But the jacket copy only lists three stories Did the publisher reveal the analogs to the other stories Not as fas as I could tell Did anyone bother to figure out what the rest of the stories might me referencing It doesn t look like it Insteadach and Sabina Spielrein every review mentions the same handful of stories And so did I I like these kinds of literary parlor tricks and I know other readers like them too But after reading this interview in Gawker I couldn t help but feel like I d been conned While Galchen is open about the influences she says things that make me think that this conceit was cooked up after the fact as a marketing tool Perhaps that s cynical Galchen states that the idea for a collection of female protagonists began to cohere after 6 7 stories but is much vague about their antecedents At one point in the interview she says that she s not much of a planner which to my way of thinking flies in the face of the assertion of the book as a project that sets out to make use of other works What s soxasperating to me about all of this is that Galchen is a phenomenal writer with a very particular sense of humor that propels her stories to some very interesting places Her characters are oddly vulnerable and strangely fearless They seem to me like rare and special beings who process civil interaction and family dynamics in a way that s almost alien If I had to choose a single word it would be precious ven though doing choose a single word it would be precious ven though doing incurs the risk of negative connotations I ve never read stories like these before stories that seem crafted to showcase a certain way of living in the world that is not uite but almost at odds with things that perhaps we put too much value on possessions spouses family Personnel Management in Government even literature if not in fiction then most certainly in real life I guess what I m trying to say is I apologize for following the herd for letting myself be led by the nose to sniff the hothouse flowers blooming in their pots when there is so muchlse out there to take in celebrate and share I m glad I ve gotten to a place where I can support other Rivkas in their creative Out of This World endeavors How sad it would have been if myxceedingly silly go prevented me from reading this collection It was so good Chekhovian in some ways And reading it in public felt like this wonderful inside joke with myself Rivka Galchan I wonder what your middle name is. Tle story “American Innovations” reimagines Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose”Alternately realistic fantastical witty and lyrical these are all deeply motional tales written in The Child of the Soul and Other Stories exuberant pitch perfect prose and shadowed by the darkly marvelous and the marvelously uneasy Whetherxploring the tensions in a mother daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel Galchen takes great risks proving that she is a writer like none other tod. ,


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