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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must have
Great as expected. Some stories especially well chosen. All seem memorable and are representative of their time. Enjoy this book instead of travel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing new here
I had hoped for a better selection of stories, there are SO MANY excellent ones to choose from. Skip this rehash of selections and invest your free time in reading some of the terrific new fiction out this summer. I loved A GOD IN RUINS, and also enjoyed THE TRIUMPH AND THE GLORY, and the touching new book from Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing new here, 22. Juni 1999
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I had hoped for a better selection of stories, there are SO MANY excellent ones to choose from. Skip this rehash of selections and invest your free time in reading some of the terrific new fiction out this summer. I loved A GOD IN RUINS, and also enjoyed THE TRIUMPH AND THE GLORY, and the touching new book from Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Fair colection, NOT GREAT, 6. Mai 1999
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The proablem with this colection is that it is limited to variety in earlier anthologies. Many of the best are missing!!!!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "In the Gloaming"--a well-deserved selection, 5. Mai 1999
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I found the collection as a whole enjoyable, but in places it has a musty, curatorial air about it that makes it read as less than what the title claims. Most of the stories seem to be included to satisfy Mr. Updike's objective to select stories from every decade and to represent big writers, even if that means including lesser stories. One exception, and truly one of the best stories of the century, is Alice Elliott Dark's "In the Gloaming"--without a doubt one of the best written and most moving American stories I have ever read. I hope we will see more stories by Dark in the near future. I, for one, would rather read those stories that are truly the best than those deemed so by compromise or default.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must have, 5. Februar 2014
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Great as expected. Some stories especially well chosen. All seem memorable and are representative of their time. Enjoy this book instead of travel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Stories, 5. Juli 2000
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I believe that most writers or short story readers will agree that these are not the "best" stories of the 20th century. Such a collection would include better known masterpieces like Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," and Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Instead, this a collection of brilliant, but lesser known stories by accomplished writers.
I think Updike makes it clear that his goal was to assemble great stories from all decades, but not necessarily the best stories. I believe there was a pointed effort made, in assembling these stories, not to include the well-known American standards that most college educated people have read. The New York Times sums up the result : "Finding wonderful stories that you don't already know is one of this collection's greatest pleasures . . Updike has made some surprising, even striking selections."
Most of Updike's surprising selections are very enjoyable. My only disappointment was the 1999 story by Pam Houston. There are too many great writers these days to include this contemporary mediocrity. What about Rick Bass, Charles Baxter, Mark Richard? Just my opinion.
Overall, I recommend this book without reservation.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Overall a good selection--some stories that are outstanding, 29. Februar 2000
All in all I really enjoyed my reading of this collection. A few stories will stay with me always, and they were not the ones I expected to like the best when starting them--which I think is the key to a really good story! The Ledge by Lawrence Sargent Hall stands out especially---one of the most chilling and realistic accounts of a horrifying happening you can imagine. Another standout was The Rotifer by Mary Ladd Gavell. From the notes I found this was her only published story, published after her death. I wish this wasn't the case---she writes a story about seeing what is about to go wrong and being unable to stop it in a way I will never forget. Updike seems to avoid including the stories you expect to read, which I can understand, but in a way I'd like a collection which included a few more of what we think of as the classic stories of the century. Also, the stories almost without an exception are quite dark, sad, depressing and/or about sickness and death. Why not a few more O'Henry collection types stories---maybe not quite as high brow, but I'm sure there are a FEW short stories this century with merit that are not quite so downbeat! However, I was glad to have spent the time reading this selection, and I felt it was well done overall.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Many happy hours of reading, 23. Januar 2000
One of the things I have always liked about Updike is that he is willing to undertake something like this--even though it will inevitably make him vulnerable to criticisms like the ones raised in other reviews here. I can see why some omissions rankle: but, but BUT! Look at what's here! Almost all of the stories are nothing short of brilliant. Yes, "The Lottery" was probably amongst the best of the century, but it is anthologized everywhere in the universe: many of these are not. Many are not-so-well-known works by the best writers the 20th century had. I could quibble about many of the selections. For instance, I wouldn't have chose "Greenleaf" to represent one my favorites, Flannery O'Connor, or "The Killers" to represent Ernest Hemingway. But they're still great stories, worth including and worth reading.
The best I think are those from the early part of the century, but that's probably my own bias talking. I'm not a fan of many of the representatives chosen for the latter half of the century, and the selection for 1999--yuck! But I'm willing to trust Updike's judgment over my own for a little while, and if he thinks Annie Proulx is worth reading...ok: It's worth a few pages of my time to find out.
The anthology also does a good job of tracing in fiction the transformations of American culture: the first are immigrant stories, the next are primarily rural-based farming stories (A Jury of Her Peers--great story), and then the last are urban, ex-urban, and suburban stories.
Read and enjoy.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen typical garbage, 24. Oktober 1999
As usual, Updike manages to assemble another collection of words that is pointless, meaningless, and useless. The stories are zero in style and meaning and full on melodrama. Of the numerous stories he has collected, only a few are worth their weight in paper, but even they are NOT deserving of their inclusion in the BEST SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY. Rather, it should be called GARBAGE, and once again demonstrates Updike's lack of talent: He can't even produce decent literature if other people write it for him.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Full of pleasant surprises, 13. Juli 1999
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When I bought this book, I first checked to see if my favorite contemporary authors were represented: the impossibly great Alice Munro, Thom Jones, Lorrie Moore ... and they indeed are in there. I'm intrigued by Updike's choices for those authors, because they weren't the choices I would have made. I enjoyed thinking about why he made those choices; I wish I could join Updike for lunch and debate him. What I most enjoy about this collection is the surprises. I had always thought Hemingway was overrated, but his tale here, "The Killers," is a hair-raising gem. And I had never heard of J.F. Powers, who has a wonderful shaggy-dog story in this collection that made me laugh out loud. You can see that Joyce Carol Oates was writing about the same subject matter in 1962 that she writes about now, but the telling is fresh in her 37-year-old story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?". Yes, I quibble with the exclusion of Shirley Jackson and J.D. Salinger, but not too much. "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "The Lottery" would have been predictable and boring selections (actually, I like "Seymour: An Introduction" better). This is not a boring collection.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stunning, 4. Mai 1999
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I bought this book a little dubious of its quality (mainly because the annual publication has so many glaring ommisions, such as John O'Hara and more contemporarily, Deborah Eisenberg), however I was pleasantly surprised. The selection amongst the famous authors are brilliant (I'm thinking specifically of Nabokov, Faulkner and Hemingway). There are also short stories I'd never heard of that are amongst the best I've ever read (Elizabeth Bishop's gem and E.B. White's hysterically brilliant story). Finally there is a list of stories that doesn't dismiss contemporary writers. It is nice to see writers like Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Alice Munro, Tim O'Brien and Anne Proulox be recognized. But I must once again bemoan the absence of perhaps the best living short story writer, Deborah Eisenberg.
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