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The Hotel Eden: Stories (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 1997

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Prepare to be amused, moved, and disturbed. With these twelve exceptional tales, Ron Carlson takes readers to a world where wit has heft, charm has shadow, and human beings act out all the complicated nuances of love.In the title story, a young man waiting in the Hotel Eden discovers -- as many others have -- that Eden is not a permanent domicile. In "Zanduce at Second", a baseball player turned kille by accident undergoes a surprising transformation. We root for escaped felon Ray in "A Note on the Type" and drive through the sweltering summer streets of Phoenix as a nineteen-year-old narrator goes through an unsettling sexual awakening in "Oxygen".Carlson's work has always made a difference. Whether his characters are getting sabotaged by nightcaps or encountering nudists on a rafting trip, he takes us to a generous array of places in a new way.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Carlson's best, but still worth it 21 février 2013
Par Eric Monson - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you haven't read any Ron Carlson, read "Plan B for the Middle Class" first; that's a better book than this one. Of the 12 stories in "Hotel Eden," only 6 are really worth reading; of the other 6, at least 1 comes across as a writing exercise, and the others are not great product from an otherwise great author.

But the 6 stories that are good make the book worth reading. The story "Oxygen" is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've ever read, hands-down. "A Note on the Type" is an accomplishment in that it's a funny, sweet short story that's still sincere and still has the power to impress. The title story, "The Hotel Eden," is one of those stories that should be distributed by writing teachers to their classes for its classic technique and subtlety.

Buy "Plan B" first, but make sure you get your way to "Hotel Eden" eventually.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I bought this, again, for one story 1 mai 2014
Par Edward H. Pitts - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Ron Carlson writes unusual entertaining stories. But there is one that can get a party rolling on the floor with laughter: "What We Wanted To Do." it's about beaurocrats off a walled city trying to put a good face on the multiple failures of the boiling oil on the roof not protecting the from waves of barbarians. David Sidaris chose to read this on his Public Radio series. "This American Life."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant work of art 11 août 2005
Par Anita Gelbart - Publié sur
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"The Chromium Hook" and "Oxygen" are well worth the cost of the book. "The Chromium Hook" was brilliantly contrived and the most entertaining story in the book. To be honest I was about to give up on the book because the first six stories didn't really impress me. Not that they were poorly written, but because I just couldn't relate to the characters. In "Hotel Eden" a man passively accepts being tricked into leaving his girlfriend alone for the weekend with a mutual friend. Most men that I know would not tolerate this. "Keith" was about shallow high school kids. Who cares? I'm glad those mediocre stories didn't keep me from reading "The Chromium Hook," because I would have really missed something.

"Oxygen" is a real work of art. It's a deeply moving story about a nineteen year old narrator who tells in the past tense his experiences on a route delivering oxygen tanks. There is an interesting realistic contrast in this story. Most of the people he delivers to are old and dying of respiratory diseases. One such customer is old and repulsive and lonely. He forces the narrator to stay with him and listen to his stories, and he makes him eat cookies and kool aid. The narrator can't stand to be with him. Another customer has a beautiful daughter who seduces the narrator, and they begin having a regular fling. It's a situation that happens often to young people. They'd rather spend time with good-looking peers than with aging grandparents. The theme fascinated me.

"A Note on Type," "Dr. Slime," and "Down the Green River" were also good.

I would like to note one thing. In my paperback edition page 42 is rerun instead of page 47. Also the ink is sometimes of an inconsistant clarity. A print on demand book that I authored (Talk Radio) has a much higher quality production. I would think Penguin could do better than this. Their production was a disservice to Ron Carlson. If a little press like PublishAmerica can put out a perfectly produced book, than Penguin should be able to as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Count Carlson among the top short story writers working toda 9 mai 2000
Par Voice of Chunk - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A story should either make you laugh or cry. Ron Carlson's stories do both. I don't know how else to describe his stories other than comparison -- he's as poignant as Andre Dubus, as funny as Lee K. Abbott and John Dufresne, as insightful as Charles Baxter and Lynne Barrett, and has an eye for detail like William Trevor or Alice Munro. Though he's not a minimalist, Carlson doesn't waste a word to sentimentality or a scene to gratuitous fluff. His stories are chiseled out of granite. A great collection.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Stories 20 avril 2010
Par Duncan Parish - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Mr Carlson's stories are captivating and his vocabulary is not "dumbed down." I also appreciate that, for the most part, the language used in his stories is "clean" and I can gladly share them with grandchildren, students or church members.
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