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Birds of America: Stories chapter 1 Birds of America: Stories, meaning Birds of America: Stories, genre Birds of America: Stories, book cover Birds of America: Stories, flies Birds of America: Stories, Birds of America: Stories 4c907b0e61b3c A Long Awaited Collection Of Stories Twelve In All By One Of The Most Exciting Writers At Work Today, The Acclaimed Author Of Who Will Run The Frog Hospitaland Self Help Stories Remarkable In Their Range, Emotional Force, And Dark Laughter, And In The Sheer Beauty And Power Of Their LanguageFrom The Opening Story, Willing , About A Second Rate Movie Actress In Her Thirties Who Has Moved Back To Chicago, Where She Makes A Seedy Motel Room Her Home And Becomes Involved With A Mechanic Who Has Not The Least Idea Of Who She Is As A Human Being, Birds Of America Unfolds A Startlingly Brilliant Series Of Portraits Of The Unhinged, The Lost, The Unsettled Of Our America In The Story Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People There Is Nothing As Complex In The World No Flower Or Stone As A Single Hello From A Human Being , A Woman Newly Separated From Her Husband Is On A Long Planned Trip Through Ireland With Her Mother When They Set Out On An Expedition To Kiss The Blarney Stone, The Image Of Wisdom And Success That Her Mother Has Always Put Forth Slips Away To Reveal The Panicky Woman She Really Is In Charades, A Family Game At Christmas Is Transformed Into A Hilarious And Insightful And Fundamentally Upsetting Revelation Of Crumbling Family Ties In Community Life, A Shy, Almost Reclusive, Librarian, Transylvania Born And Vermont Bred, Moves In With Her Boyfriend, The Local Anarchist In A Small University Town, And All Hell Breaks Loose And In Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, A Woman Who Goes Through The Stages Of Grief As She Mourns The Death Of Her Cat Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Haagen Dazs, Rage Is Seen By Her Friends As Really Mourning Other Issues The Impending Death Of Her Parents, The Son She Never Had, BosniaIn What May Be Her Most Stunning Book Yet, Lorrie Moore Explores The Personal And The Universal, The Idiosyncratic And The Mundane, With All The Wit, Brio, And Verve That Have Made Her One Of The Best Storytellers Of Our Time


10 thoughts on “Birds of America: Stories

  1. says:

    De una cosa no cabe duda, Lorrie Moore es una escritora inteligente, muy inteligente, tanto que en ocasiones tal exhibici n de inteligencia llega a hac rseme pornogr fica Este hecho, incuestionable, me ha hecho sentir en no pocas ocasiones como alguien indefenso, desconcertado, desorientado Un ejemplo una aflicci n en sus ojos, algo triste y perdido que a veces le apu ala el temor a una vida gastada en vano, o la incertidumbre sobre d nde dej las llaves Llego a sentirme idiota con frases como esta La habr entendido S No Es simplemente producto de un capricho ocurrente del momento Una llamada de atenci n, un eh, t , despierta y pon m s atenci n a lo que est s leyendo contiene algo fundamental del relato o es pura tontuna Por cosas as no llegaba a decidirme entre el odio y el amor por esta escritora Acab por hacer las dos cosas, a veces al mismo tiempo Muchos de sus relatos me han gustado, algunos mucho Es notorio mi gusto por los perdedores, por aquellos, como es el caso de muchos de los personajes aqu representados, que en un momento de su vida no se reconocen, que no saben ni c mo ni cu ndo se desviaron de su trayectoria ni en qu momento se hizo imposible volver a ella Personajes que hacen lo peor que pueden hacer o lo nico que en el fondo son capaces de hacer o simplemente fue la vida la que les pas por encima o fueron los dem s los que se fueron alejando y les dejaron solos Gente como t o como yo, que se aburre, se siente sola o se desespera Pero tambi n est n esos otros cuentos que no me llegaron El problema con estos, acab pensando, se deb a a mi inevitable inclinaci n a buscar el tema, la columna vertebral Y en esa b squeda me centr , posiblemente demasiado, en la an cdota cuando el suceso narrado no parec a ser sino un pretexto para las lucubraciones, los comentarios, los chascarrillos, las sentencias y frases lapidarias, aunque, de paso, tambi n me mostrase su incuestionable val a como escritora, su personal simo estilo Era eso o volver a sentirme idiota y ya empezaba a estar un poco harto de sentirme tan idiota En fin, que tal despliegue de medios al servicio nicamente de ese comentario ingenioso, de esa observaci n punzante me dejaban fr o Cada frase ten a que ser brillante, cada di logo ocurrente Todo ello no hac a otra cosa que transmitirme una cierta sensaci n de artificio, de juego, de un placer que empieza y acaba con la gran frase, lo que tampoco es que est mal per se, pero acaba sabiendo a poco Los que me gustaron Dispuesta Una actriz de mediana edad quiere huir de la imagen de sex simbol en la que se ha convertido y lo deja todo para acabar someti ndose a un hombre vulgar Hab a momentos en que la falta de vitalidad era total, y entonces contemplaba su vida y se preguntaba Qu he hecho O todav a peor, cuando se sent a cansada y no pod a acabar la frase Qu Danza en Estados Unidos El m s triste de todos los cuentos, en el que un padre y una madre asisten impasibles a la grave enfermedad de su hijo causado por la improbable existencia en ambos del gen que la provoca lo que hay que recordar de las historias de amor es que son como tener mapaches en la chimenea un d a tratamos de ahuyentarlos con humo Encendimos un fuego, aunque sab amos que estaban ah , porque esper bamos que el humo los hiciera salir disparados hacia arriba y que no volvieran nunca m s En cambio, se incendiaron y cayeron estrell ndose en la sala, todos chamuscados y en llamas corriendo desesperados por aqu , hasta que murieron Charadas Desde la perspectiva de una de las hijas, asistimos a una fiesta familiar con el juego de pel culas incluido no exactamente de pel culas, pero s el mismo juego a la que todos vinieron con sus parejas y con la esperanza de encontrar el nexo que en alg n momento se perdi o que quiz s nunca existi De joven fue una madre frustrada y mezquina, y se alegra cuando sus hijos se comportan como si no se acordaran. Junto a esa inteligencia que mencionaba al principio, el otro aspecto sobresaliente del libro es su tono humor stico Hay mucho humor en casi todos los relatos, humor inteligente, por supuesto Uno de los cuentos especialmente humor stico es La agencia inmobiliaria Una ama de casa que sabe de todas y cada una de las veces que su adinerado marido la ha enga ado con sus comienzos dulces y apremiantes, y un final agradecido de manos cogidas, lo peor del matrimonio estaba en el centro era siempre un l o, una ruina, un campo intransitable y que acaba de superar un c ncer el onc logo de Chicago le hab a dado un cincuenta por ciento de posibilidades qu mezquindad no mentir y decirle que las posibilidades eran de sesenta contra cuarenta decide que el cambio que su vida necesita no es una aventura como le aconseja su amiga Carla Las aventuras son para los j venes, es como tomar drogas o saltar de precipicios Por qu querr as saltar de un precipicio Oh, dijo Carla Es obvio que no has visto algunos de los precipicios que he visto yo es mudarse de casa los dos juntos cada casa es una tumba Lo cual hace que mudarse de casa sea una resurrecci n La casa tiene muchos problemas y pr cticamente al final del relato son asaltados mientras dorm an La mujer es qui n mata al asaltante, Dios santo, dijo su marido Supongo que esto es lo que siempre has deseado un hombre muerto en el suelo del dormitorio Y, por ltimo, el relato m s famoso del libro y con toda la raz n, Gente as es la nica que hay por aqu farfullar can nico en oncolog a pedi trica. Un andar en la cuerda floja, un caminar por el filo de la navaja, un tour de forc , etc Un relato intenso, doloroso, que en manos de un cualquiera podr a haber supuesto un fracaso estrepitoso Una madre descubre sangre en el pa al de su beb El diagn stico c ncer el tratamiento operaci n y quimioterapia Soberbio, no digo m s Todo el mundo nos admira por nuestra valent a, no tienen idea de lo que est n diciendo La valent a requiere opciones Cuando un beb tiene c ncer, incluso parece hasta est pido haber dejado de fumar Cuando un beb tiene c ncer, piensas, de qui n nos estamos burlando Pong monos todos a encender cigarrillos Cuando un beb tiene c ncer, piensas, a qui n se le habr ocurrido la idea Qu desenfreno celestial dio lugar a esto Ponme una copa para que me pueda negar a brindar Y los p jaros Pues alguno hay en cada uno de los relatos, quiz s sea esa la simple y nica raz n del t tulo, pues su papel no es nunca relevante Aunque tambi n puede ser que la desorientaci n que sufren sus personajes en alg n momento le record a Moore a aquella paloma del poema de Alberti.


  2. says:

    I m not a huge fan of short stories, and I feel like I was rather fooled by the cover of this book into tackling it I have worked with the Whooping Crane reintroduction program here in Calgary, exercising young crane chicks, and I simply couldn t resist the pretty cover with the Whooping Crane on it Plus that alluring title for a birder , Birds of America How either the image or the title relate to the stories within remains a mystery to me.Moore s stories are rather bleak views of human relationships told from all kinds of angles but with similar disappointments to go round As in this dinner party exchange The thing to remember about love affairs, says Simone, is that they are all like having raccoons in your chimney Oh, not the raccoon story, groans Cal Yes The raccoons cries Eugene.I m sawing at my duck We have raccoons sometimes in our chimney, explains Simone Hmmm, I say, not surprised And once we tried to smoke them out We lit a fire, knowing they were there, but we hoped that the smoke would cause them to scurry out the top and never come back Instead, they caught on fire and came crashing down into our living room, all charred and in flames and running madly around until theydropped dead Simone swallows some wine Love affairs are like that, she says They all are like that I don t believe I ve ever had a love affair which ended quite so spectacularly Apparently, I am doing it wrong.


  3. says:

    Birds of America is a story collection by one of the most talented but minimal writers around, Lorrie Moore The stories here are not big or grand or epic, but work simply as little one act plays, exposing the inherent complexities and dramas in the everyday lives we all lead Moore s writing style is subtle, and laced with a fantastic sense of wit witness, for example, her slight mocking of the health fad craze in the names she creates for juice bars or her sly commentary about the misnomer of busy bee in the story Whatever You Want, Fine Added to this wit is a keen sense of what it means to be on this earth and to interact with someone else I m being cliche here, because I m no Lorrie Moore , to have an effect upon someone s life simply because you happen to walk a similar road together for awhile, and it is the way in which she explores this truth that gives her stories the weight they need to avoid being simple comic pieces The three best stories, in my opinion, are Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, People Like That Are The Only People Here, and Which is More Than I Can Say About Some People The first story deals with a woman who has a wonderfully loving husband and a great daughter, but can t get over the loss of her cat, and so decides to undergo therapy that guarentees to cure her by Christmas or the last session is free The second deals with pediatric oncology in a harrowing and moving way, about the distance illness brings between people, and the last deals with a mother and daughter, on a road trip through Ireland, and the ways in which revelations of character don t end simply because you know someone for years and years These are wonderful, wonderful stories, the kind that make you think about your own life, examine it in the ways the characters are examined here, that affirm realizations you yourself have come to or guide you toward ones you haven t, and I don t think you can ask for much than that from a book.


  4. says:

    Maybe the most perfect short story collection I ve read that wasn t a collected works or best of I understand the criticisms of same y characters and too witty dialogue, but frankly I don t care Lorrie Moore can wrap me around her little finger any time Kakutani s back blurb calls the book sad, funny, lyrical, and prickly and that s probably the best way to describe her She is awash in those kinds of contradictions, but it s what makes her stories a joy to read You always end up where you least expected to go but somehow in her absurd little world, it makes sense There were times I laughed aloud He doesn t believe in shouting Fire in a crowded movie theater, but he does believe in shouting Fie and has done it twice himself both times at Forrest Gump 132 and there were times I wept, and there were times her prose got something so right that I just sat there dumbfounded She knew she was saying good bye to something important, which was not that bad, in a way, because it meant that at least you had said hello to it to begin with 80 I m sure I ll start imitating her now Sigh.I have a habit of highlighting my favorite stories in the contents as I go along They were Which is More Than I Can Say About Some People , Dance in America , Charades , What You Want to Do Fine , People Like That Are the Only People Here probably the very best, if you only read one, read this , and Terrific Mother All the stories are well done and worth reading, though.And psst, Ms Moore, it s been almost ten years since this book came out I demand he he, sorry, had to


  5. says:

    One of my main strategies for dealing with life is, If I don t laugh, I ll cry I think Lorrie Moore s strategy is to make me do both.


  6. says:

    I don t usually read short story collections but picked up this one for a book club.Moore s stories are well written and insightful, and she can write humorous scenes, but overall I thought the book was somewhat depressing In the end I was left with the impression that it s almost impossible for two people to have a fulfilling relationship and almost everyone is unhappy in one way or another Though this may very well be true it s still dispiriting to read about.In some of these stories characters hook up with the wrong people because they re lonely and needy and then are disappointed In other stories characters have dishonest and or unfaithful partners and have a hard time dealing with it throw the bum out would be my view but this may be easier said than done One story is about parents coping with a baby who s stricken with cancer Another is about a woman who was holding a friend s baby when an accident occurs, killing the child of course the woman blames herself and can hardly go on.I think my favorite story is about an unhappy spouse who learns to use a gun, then gets to shoot a nutcase who breaks into people s homes to make them sing For me this was the most satisfying tale.It s a good book but you ll probably need something light and fun after reading it.You can follow my reviews at


  7. says:

    Adrienne gets to accompany her husband, a research economist, to a posh artist academic retreat where food and studios are provided while you pursue your writing or art with two dozen or so other guests You must, however, dress for dinner The seating is carefully arranged for the cross pollination of ideas You might hear words like Heideggerian and ideological while munching salsiccia alla griglia con spinaci, but Adrienne has to gird herself when there s a discussion of peptides and rabbit tests or learning that lobsters have what s called a hemipenis What the mischief is Adrienne doing there I married my husband, she asserts, because I thought it would be a great way to meet guys Ah, you ve never spent a month or two at such courtesy colonies Adrienne is at what I assume to be the rather hoity Bellagio Center Rockefeller funded on Lake Como in Italy There are several such places, not so fancy, of course, in the northeast US, and, indeed, I did time at one some years ago, longing to return to the confusion of NYC where I can really find my own serenity without the distraction of other colonists, who all bored me to death and, unlike the Bellagio, where the food was forgettable I skipped breakfast, which stopped long before I awoke at the crack of ten or eleven, and lunch came in a picnic basket discreetly delivered to your studio When I heard the put put car motor of Little Red Riding Hood I d jump to my desk and start typing But dinner, where you had to mingle and chat, was fairly unbearable, as Adrienne also discovered I don t believe in casual sex, she deadpans to a friend, I believe in casual marriage Then I met a new arrival, the novelist Iris Owens, aka Harriet Daimler, and we d huddle together wondering which guests were screwing each other there was a lot of that and down vodkas from the bottle she conveniently toted, which helped digestion Moore s story, Terrific Mother, is Lorrie Moore at her very best It s a laugh out loud sendup of such retreats or colonies, and I highly recommend to anyone with a conquering sense of humor Adrienne lands at her retreat, you see, because she accidentally killed a friend s baby Ok, I stop here.Many of Moore s stories deal with some terrible illness or disability cancer, cystic fibrosis, Down Syndrome or just plain blindness Death hovers But her sad funny writing always prickles Admittedly, her women are usually depressives or needy, but then dropping a baby on stone is not exactly a fender bender, or is it


  8. says:

    Some stories are awesome, others are lackluster but some are awesomeLike this one


  9. says:

    I really liked Lorrie Moore s How To Be an Other Woman from the love stories collection I read but I was not wowed by this book The stories all seemed very similar isolated, lonely people mostly women dealing with husbands and families and communities I just looked at the overwhelmingly glowing reviews here on goodreads, and hmm, I just don t get it.5 stars Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens 4 stars the joke in Beautiful Grade about the professor writing Flannery O Connor articles A Good Man Really IS Hard To Find, Everything That Rises MUST INDEED Converge, The Totemic South The Violent ACTUALLY DO Bear It Away Real Estate I thought I didn t like this one much until I got drunk and analyzed it 3.5 stars a mix of Agnes of Iowa and Community Life I felt like these two were especially similar but nearly great People Like That are the Only People Here 2 stars basically everything else1 star What You Want To Do Fine and Charades


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    The thing to remember about love affairs, says Simone, is that they are all like having raccoons in your chimney Oh, not the raccoon story, groans Cal Yes The raccoons cries Eugene.I m sawing at my duck We have raccoons sometimes in our chimney, explainsSimone Hmmm, I say, not surprised And once we tried to smoke them out We lit a fire, know ing they were there, but we hoped that the smoke would causethem to scurry out the top and never come back Instead, theycaught on fire and came crashing down into our living room, all charred and in flames and running madly around until theydropped dead Simone swallows some wine Love affairs are like that, she says They all are like that So anyway, the story People Like that are the only people Here is great, every word skewered onto the page, and half way through I thought This Is No Mere Story, which Wikipedia confirmed was correct, it was autobiographical But the very next story Terrific Mother was so awful I thought I had to retire this book for a long time finish it later 40 pages of mind numbing couldn t give a flying fcuk about these people 40 pages about a couple at a retreat for academic writers and the lass goes for a massage regularly and they decide they love each other or they don t and I could care a whole lot about that.


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