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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Little, Brown Book Group (7. April 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1844087395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844087396
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,6 x 2 x 19,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 279.131 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"All of Donoghue's stories are lucid and well paced...written over a number of years, these stories demonstrate considerable versatility...It's evident she likes her characters, and you probably will too."--Tibor Fischer"New York Times" (09/17/2006)

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How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin? Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von lenkalotte am 7. April 2008
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s a short story collection by Emma Donoghue, whose work I really, really like.

I like her humor and the melancholy touch a lot of her work has. Her characters always feel very real, they have flaws and ups and downs.

This collection includes stories she has gathered under the headings babies, domesticity, desire and death. The characters come from all walks of life, background etc. (if you're looking for a collection of all-lesbian stories this isn't it). As with all collections I liked some stories better than others but I enjoyed them all.

My favorite stories are "Touchy Subjects", the story of a single woman and her best friend's husband meeting in a hotel room to make a baby and "The Welcome", which takes place in an all-woman housing co-op.
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Pleasantly surprised 12. März 2009
Von Monika Matthews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I'm not actually a fan of short stories at all. They typically don't let you get into the heart of a character enough to make it worthwhile. Frequently they lack any character development at all. Not so with Donoghue's stories. She pulls you in to her characters and leaves you wanting more, but not feeling denied. I was pleasantly surprised.
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top-notch collection of short stories 5. Juli 2006
Von Bookreporter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bestselling Irish native Emma Donoghue (SLAMMERKIN) delivers a top-notch collection of 19 short stories featuring a variety of everyday characters caught in the middle of the unexpected. On the surface, each offering is grouped according to one of five themes: Babies, Domesticity, Strangers, Desire, and Death. On a deeper level, these broadly defined boundaries intersect throughout many of the stories, as they often do in reality, creating a series of snapshots that are both unique and true to life.

Although there isn't a dud in her bunch, Donoghue shines most brightly when confronting issues of sex and gender. As seen in some of her previous works (HOOD, LIFE MASK), the trajectory of unrequited homosexual love is aptly explored here in moments that are so vulnerable and pure that they virtually explode with unresolved tension. In "Speaking in Tongues," a long-held thirst is finally quenched yet ultimately discarded after 17-year-old-Lee and 34-year-old poetess Sylvia have a one-night stand in the back of Sylvia's van. In "Team Men," two football players have a brief affair and must navigate the consequences when one wants to come out publicly and the other doesn't. Both stories highlight the rawness of desire and the inevitable heartbreak that occurs when separate wants can't (or don't) align.

Along similar lines, "The Cost of Things" and "The Man Who Wrote on Beaches" focus on two very different pairs and their shared inability to see eye to eye. In "The Cost of Things," a seemingly unbreakable relationship implodes after the two involved can't agree on how much their kitten's life (i.e. their relationship) is worth. In "The Man Who Wrote on Beaches," a man feels a sudden, joyous urge to become a father after finding God --- only his wife is now 42 and not in the mood to change diapers. It is the breaking point in a relationship that Donoghue finds so intriguing, and her repeated depictions of this moment are filled with a harsh authenticity that is liable to make many readers cringe in reluctant recognition, despite their varied circumstances.

There are thankfully a few humorous vignettes in this otherwise moody collection. "Pluck" reveals a husband's nagging obsession with a tiny hair growing underneath his wife's unbeknownst chin; the hilariously dry "Do They Know It's Christmas" features an academic couple and their collective indignation over the banning of their precious dogs --- Proust, Gide and Mallarmé --- from an annual family gathering; and the embarrassingly funny "Touchy Subjects" explores awkwardness at its best, when a husband agrees to be a sperm donor for his wife's best friend and must confront head on (pun intended) the trials of getting it up for a woman who isn't his partner. Although all touch upon the serious, these three selections show a different side of Donoghue and illustrate her versatility as a writer.

Donoghue's gift is her ability to grab the reader immediately and not let go until the events being described run their natural course. The stories in TOUCHY SUBJECTS take a crack at everything from pregnancy to marriage to the fleetingly intimate connection between strangers, and they do so beautifully and genuinely. Fans of her longer historical novels will relish in her clear mastery of the shorter form.

--- Reviewed by Alexis Burling
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"Perhaps discretion was the better part of motherhood, after all." 26. Mai 2006
Von Luan Gaines - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In typical fashion, Donoghue adds a touch of irony to the title story, "Touchy Subjects", a thirty-eight-year old woman resorting to artificial means to accomplish pregnancy; the complications, while hilarious, are perfectly awful, a testament to the author's penchant for seeing beyond the surface of our encounters with destiny. It is in the nature of these stories to observe the characters through a series of transitions, captured in five stages: Babies, Domesticity, Strangers, Desire and Death. The stories are related in a chronology of relationships: Babies about tentative beginnings, the impulses that alter the course of a life ("Expecting", "The Man Who Wrote on Beaches"); Domesticity unveils more advanced relationships, people caught in the complexities of daily frustrations, decisions and miscommunications, the small irritations that once were endearing now wearing thin, expectations denied, the infinite grinding down of hopes into less than what was anticipated ("Lavender's Blue", "The Cost of Things").

Strangers portends escape into more neutral territory, breaking from habit to find respite in another place, at least temporarily, exposing personal conceits, characters shocked into personal insights ("The Sanctuary of Hands", WritOr"); Desire speaks for itself, of yearning and angst and disappointment ("Speaking in Tongues", The Welcome"); and finally, Death, endings and sometimes beginnings, perceptions turned upside down by reality and the need to adapt to changed circumstances ("The Dormition of the Virgin", "Enchantment'). Unfailing, Donoghue prods the tender underbelly of human frailty, ever complicated and fraught with self-doubt, self-seeking behavior in search of connections, relentlessly dissecting the common denominator of relationships, straight or gay, the steady pulse of yearning that causes people to cling to one another in desperation. This is a world filled with the varieties of human behavior, the sequence of stories carefully structured for maximum effect, interactions that define the various stages of development.

More than a collection, Touchy Subjects has a theme, a progression viewed through the eyes of characters as they muddle through the passages of their lives. There are moments of hilarity, sweetness, insight and revelation, a kaleidoscope of humanity writ large on a canvas as intricate as those who people the pages. Observant, incisive and compassionate, Donoghue masters both form and content; whether mining the past or mapping the edges of the present, this is a writer who never disappoints. Luan Gaines/ 2006.
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Touchy subjects... 7. April 2008
Von lenkalotte - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
is a short story collection by Emma Donoghue, whose work I really, really like.

I like her humor and the melancholy touch a lot of her work has. Her characters always feel very real, they have flaws and ups and downs.

This collection includes stories she has gathered under the headings babies, domesticity, desire and death. The characters come from all walks of life, background etc. (if you're looking for a collection of all-lesbian stories this isn't it). As with all collections I liked some stories better than others but I enjoyed them all.

My favorite stories are "Touchy Subjects", the story of a single woman and her best friend's husband meeting in a hotel room to make a baby and "The Welcome", which takes place in an all-woman housing co-op.
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Touchy, in a good way! 1. April 2007
Von Cipriano - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Touchy Subjects, is the title, and they are!

As my reading partner put it, "Nothing seems too odd or too off limits for her to write about - AND rope us into. I guess once you have written about a woman who churns out rabbits, you can handle just about any topic."

Emma's former book of short stories, The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits, gets its title from the lead story, which is about a.... [go figure!] woman who feined giving birth to rabbits!

That book was excellent too, but this new one is even better.

Touchy Subjects: Babies, Domesticity, Strangers, Desire, and Death, and the stories found in each of these categories stay very centered around these themes.

These are nineteen deeply rich tales of the joys and struggles [mostly struggles] of love relationships, both heterosexual and homosexual. And familial. And marital. Of friendships platonic and otherwise.

Of people reaching toward self-identity. Sometimes finding it, sometimes not.

I think that Emma Donoghue is "eccentric" in the best sense of the word.

Unconventional, slightly strange, and just off kilter enough to show her readers that they are the same!

That none of our lives are simple, or even normal. Her stories reveal a world full of ambiguities and contradictions, which is exactly the world any truly living person experiences.

She can take the most common of occurences [a woman looking at a clothes rack, a man writing phrases in the sand, someone looking absently and curiously through a woman's cosmetic case, a couple deciding upon the exact shade their house ought to be painted, the love of our pets, a 42-year old woman wanting to bear a child].... she can take these things and show us that they are all touchy [as in sensitive, delicate] subjects.

I realize I have not really said anything specific about the writer's style [per se] or her incomparable command of dialogue. I don't want to.

I want you to READ HER.
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