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Selected Shorts: Food Fictions: A Celebration of the Short Story (Selected Shorts)

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Publisher Comments:

Winner of AudioFile Magazine's Earphones Award for Exceptional Audio PerformanceOffering a mix of classic and contemporary fiction, this funny, sensual, delectable collection serves up literary morsels to please every food lover. Delicious tales about food and eating by authors such as M. F. K. Fisher, Anton Chekhov, and Damon Runyon, are read by distinguished actors such as Tony Roberts, Fionnula Flanagan, and Bradley Whitford. Many of the stories included in this three-CD collection were recorded at a Selected Shorts tour to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in May of 2006.

Review:

"Sevenfood stories involving both gourmets or gourmands are found in this collection. In T.C. Boyle's 'Sorry Fugu,' performed by Tony Roberts, an Italian chef sets out to conquer the taste buds of a critic who never found anything to praise in her restaurant reviews. Roberts's chef has great range as he musters his staff with a booming voice and later coos seductively to the critic about the glories of pasta. The tables are turned on M.F.K. Fisher's culinary voyager in 'I Was Really Very Hungry,' when she falls into the hands of a server determined to have her diner try every delicacy ever produced by the chef, reverently called Matre Paul. Christina Pickles switches back and forth between the French waitress and the narrator adroitly. Two of the short stories involve food bets. In Roald Dahl's 'Taste,' two bon vivants place large bets on the identification of an unusual vintage. By the time John Lithgow has completed his description of the contest, the listener can taste and smell the wine. The best story in the collection is Damon Runyon's classic nugget, 'A Piece of Pie,' in which a Boston gambler pits a newcomer against New York's biggest glutton in an eating contest. John Shea's description of the food is a side-splitting feast. Though the stories are uneven, the performances would get five stars from any food critic, and the audio is worth its weight in pat. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780971921894
Author:
Symphony Space
Publisher:
Symphony Space
Manufactured by:
Symphony Space
Manufactured:
Symphony Space
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Compact Disk
Series:
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Pages:
1
Dimensions:
5 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 0.5 lb
Media Run Time:
180

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Product details 1 pages Symphony Space - English 9780971921894 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sevenfood stories involving both gourmets or gourmands are found in this collection. In T.C. Boyle's 'Sorry Fugu,' performed by Tony Roberts, an Italian chef sets out to conquer the taste buds of a critic who never found anything to praise in her restaurant reviews. Roberts's chef has great range as he musters his staff with a booming voice and later coos seductively to the critic about the glories of pasta. The tables are turned on M.F.K. Fisher's culinary voyager in 'I Was Really Very Hungry,' when she falls into the hands of a server determined to have her diner try every delicacy ever produced by the chef, reverently called Matre Paul. Christina Pickles switches back and forth between the French waitress and the narrator adroitly. Two of the short stories involve food bets. In Roald Dahl's 'Taste,' two bon vivants place large bets on the identification of an unusual vintage. By the time John Lithgow has completed his description of the contest, the listener can taste and smell the wine. The best story in the collection is Damon Runyon's classic nugget, 'A Piece of Pie,' in which a Boston gambler pits a newcomer against New York's biggest glutton in an eating contest. John Shea's description of the food is a side-splitting feast. Though the stories are uneven, the performances would get five stars from any food critic, and the audio is worth its weight in pat. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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