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Back in the World: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

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To American soldiers in Vietnam, "back in the world" meant America and safety. To Tobias Wolff's characters, Back in the World is where lives that have veered out of control just might become normal again. Unfortunately, the men and women in these gripping, pungent, and wonderfully skewed stories have only the vaguest notion of what normal is. A gentle priest finds himself in a Vegas hotel with a hysterical, sun-burned stranger. A show-biz hopeful undergoes a dubious audition in a hearse speeding across the California desert. An aging soldier is distracted from a night of philandering by a gun-toting neighbor and a suicidal enlisted man. As he moves among these unfortunates, Wolff observes the disparity between their realities and their dreams, in ten stories of exhilarating lucidity and grace.

Stories included are: "The Missing Person," "Say Yes," "The Poor Are Always With Us," "Sister," "Soldier's Joy," "Desert Breakdown," "Our Story Begins," "Leviathan," and "The Rich Brother."

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"Terrific...The magic of his fiction cannot be explained. It is the ancient art of the master storyteller." Tim O'Brien

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"Two stories, 'Leviathan' and 'The Rich Brother,' are as fine as anything Mr. Wolff has written....These two stories, along with brilliant moments scattered throughout the others, keep 'Back in the World' from disappointing one altogether. If anything, one awaits Mr. Wolff's next book with all the more eagerness." Russell Banks, New York Times Book Review

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"He has, for the most part, abandoned the domestic, the familiar righteous citizen, and all his incumbent irony. He has chosen more dramatic, emblematic characters....Some readers may prefer Wolff's earlier terrain, richer in physical detail, and singularly funny....[But] with an artist as serious and honest as Tobias Wolff, the stories beg comparison only with each other." New Republic

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"Tobias Wolff has an eerie talent....These are fine, unique stories." Ann Beattie

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Coming attractions — The missing person — Say yes — The poor are always with us — Sister — Soldier's joy — Desert breakdown, 1968 — Our story begins — Leviathan — The rich brother.

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megcampbell3, January 18, 2008 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
I experienced these stories inside their underivative detail of language: scene, character, and plot. It may be incorrect to say that it doesn't matter what the stories themselves mean or represent, as we are taught that meaning and representation are fundamental and inherent to any good fiction—but to be able to truly experience another lifetime seems to be an accomplishment that would surpass assigned meanings: the closest thing to being written about is feeling another's story deep inside. Immediately, I could see this collection working as a collection of short films (why is this not done very often?) by, say, Jim Jarmusch. Excellent, excellent, excellent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679767961
Author:
Wolff, Tobias
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
United States Social life and customs 20th century Fiction.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. L356
Publication Date:
19961031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.59 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679767961 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Terrific...The magic of his fiction cannot be explained. It is the ancient art of the master storyteller."
"Review" by , "Two stories, 'Leviathan' and 'The Rich Brother,' are as fine as anything Mr. Wolff has written....These two stories, along with brilliant moments scattered throughout the others, keep 'Back in the World' from disappointing one altogether. If anything, one awaits Mr. Wolff's next book with all the more eagerness."
"Review" by , "He has, for the most part, abandoned the domestic, the familiar righteous citizen, and all his incumbent irony. He has chosen more dramatic, emblematic characters....Some readers may prefer Wolff's earlier terrain, richer in physical detail, and singularly funny....[But] with an artist as serious and honest as Tobias Wolff, the stories beg comparison only with each other."
"Review" by , "Tobias Wolff has an eerie talent....These are fine, unique stories."
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