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Steven Millhauser

Författare till Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

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Verk av Steven Millhauser

The Barnum Museum (1990) 438 exemplar
The Illusionist [2006 film] (2006) — Författare — 400 exemplar
The Knife Thrower (1999) 396 exemplar
Enchanted Night: A Novella (1999) 291 exemplar
Little Kingdoms (1993) 266 exemplar
In the Penny Arcade (1985) 201 exemplar
Voices in the Night: Stories (2015) 168 exemplar
Portrait of a Romantic (1977) 94 exemplar
From the Realm of Morpheus (1986) 82 exemplar
Disruptions: Stories (2023) 40 exemplar

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The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 566 exemplar
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 454 exemplar
McSweeney's Issue 15 (Mcsweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 453 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 357 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 346 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 332 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 310 exemplar
Citrus County (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 288 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 273 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 266 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 241 exemplar
McSweeney's Issue 25 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 233 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 218 exemplar
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 199 exemplar
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 196 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 184 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 155 exemplar
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Bidragsgivare — 141 exemplar
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 130 exemplar
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 122 exemplar
Bedtime Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 121 exemplar
McSweeney's Issue 35 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 114 exemplar
Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 110 exemplar
McSweeney's Issue 38 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 106 exemplar
Cat Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 94 exemplar
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 92 exemplar
McSweeney's Issue 41 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 77 exemplar
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 75 exemplar
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 67 exemplar
Literary Traveller: An Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 54 exemplar
McSweeney's Issue 50 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2017) — Bidragsgivare — 52 exemplar
Step Right Up: Stories of Carnivals, Sideshows, and the Circus (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 51 exemplar
The Literary Lover: Great Stories of Passion and Romance (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 50 exemplar
Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 39 exemplar
Antaeus No. 70, Spring 1993 - Special Fiction Issue (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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Disappointed with it, only 3 of the 13 stories get a 4 or 5 rating for me. Millhauser is an imaginative writer who excels at describing very specific details in a certain dryly whimsical way, and I find his style quite appealing. But too many of the ideas in this book didn't match that appeal for me. Others did, but then the result was unaffecting. Only 'In the Reign of Harad IV' really gets me excited from this collection, a story that marries Millhauser's style, plot, and human being to create wonderment and feeling.

Merged review:

All time favorite short story.
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lelandleslie | 28 andra recensioner | Feb 24, 2024 |
"[A] prose that doesn't merely aspire to the condition of music but actually achieves it", says the blurb on the cover. Personally I never hear music when reading prose but if this novella were music it would be a fancifully composed tone poem. Aaron Copeland maybe, applying his recognizable Americanism. Or Debussy might be a better choice: an impressionistic tone poem of a summer night under a bright moon on a town on the edge of the woods (and thus, on the edge of a certain primeval wildness, which the right auteur can masterfully bring out).

Here's a sentence from this novella, page 101:
In attics streaked by moonlight, the dolls begin to dance.
I think the reader can usefully use that sentence to gauge his or her likely enjoyment of this novella. Sound interesting? Read this. Sound off-putting? Give this a skip.

I imagine Millhauser as working in a distinctly American brand of magical-realism, which has a sharp focus on the materialistic things around us. He's a bit of a cataloger. For instance:
Through a pair of open curtains, moonlight enters the living room. The moonlight glistens on Laura's silver-speckled raspberry barrette lying on the mahogany piano bench, on the glass-covered black-and-white photograph, taken by her father, of a pile of lobster pots beside an overturned rowboat on the coast of Maine, on the blue porcelain statuette of a Chinaman standing on the coffee table, on a bronze key attached to a cowhide keycase resting on the arm of the reading chair beside the lamp table. Anyone sitting on the couch, head turned toward the screened window with the parted curtains, would see a basketball net over the garage door across the street, a roof with a black TV antenna against the dark blue sky, and a nearly full moon, white with blue shadows, divided into two uneven pieces by a single black antenna arm cutting across the bottom about a third of the way up."
That's the entire chapter titled "Living Room and Moonlight", page 99. Things get bent toward magical ends: here, on other pages, is a storefront mannequin stepping out to stroll along the street with her admirer. And, of course, the dolls, dancing and acting in the town's attics.

For me this is an interesting enough little piece, though fairly insubstantial. I liked most of the writing,
"So down in the valley, valley so low, I'm working my way up an inch at a time and meanwhile on top of old Smokey all covered with snow I've got my hand under her blouse and I'm feeling her up through her bra which has these fancy lacy edges, man."
but there is the occasional clunker.
The two-story frame houses sit looking at the steep thruway embankment like drugged-out ladies in an old-age home trying to remember what lies on the other side.

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lelandleslie | 7 andra recensioner | Feb 24, 2024 |
Millhauser really cracks me up. If you've read a fair number of biographies and are amused by impossibly precocious kids, he'll crack you up too. If, however, children annoy you and you're unaware of biographical cliches then, sadly, you will probably be less than amused.

I think Alicia Aho recommended this book to me. Bless her.
LibrarianDest | 13 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
I'm Not Sure About This One

1I don't often DNF a Short stroy a third of the way in, but I was not feeling like I was in good hands on this one.

Look, the author has won awards, clearly has a nice prose, interesting ideas, and the narration does a good job of making it seem like a radio documentary or This American Life or whatever, but this story gave me the creeps and I'm not just talking about the bizarre and somewhat graphic sex scene that came out of nowhere (no kink shaming here).

I don't know very much about this author, but there is a real heteronormative white dude vibe going on here that made me extremely uncomfortable. From the descriptions of the the eponymous 'Little People', physically and socially as a homogeneous, 'exotic', and 'model minority' group, and the way size is with this seemingly conflated with ideas about 'race' and people with restricted growth or short stature who already face stereotypes and fetishisation. The unneeded and dissonant inclusion of the descriptions of sex only heighten everything previously mentioned and really did feel specifically a kink thing -- which is fine, folx can write kink fiction all they want for themselves and their audience, but the inclusion here seems very odd and kinda yikes in context.

I'm happy to chalk this down as a 'just not for me', and I do think there is some at least questionable stuff going on here (though I don't think it is necessarily purposeful or with malice), but I think the concept itself, while not particularly original, has potential to tell an interesting tale. I think it just needed to be handled in a more aware tone and sensibility.
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RatGrrrl | Dec 20, 2023 |



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