- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Overlook Books; Auflage: 1 (22. April 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1585672599
- ISBN-13: 978-1585672592
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 2,5 x 24,1 cm
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In the Stacks (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. April 2002
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There are some readers who will take one look at In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians and yawn, and there are some who will pounce upon it eagerly. For those of us who find libraries strangely romantic, Michael Cart's anthology captures the duality of a place both private and public, both hushed and wholly congenial. Unsurprisingly, many of the stories are devoted to the stereotypical librarian: frustrated, spinsterish, and fussy. In Lorrie Moore's contribution, "Community Life," protagonist Olena goes to graduate school for English literature but ends up a librarian, lonely and unable to connect. Alice Munro explodes the library myth a bit with "Hard-Luck Stories," in which a librarian admits that her work "'really is one of those refuge-professions.' Which didn't mean, she said, that all the people in it were scared and spiritless. Far from it. It was full of genuine oddities and many flamboyant and expansive personalities." In the Stacks drags the library into the light of day: Anthony Boucher sets a mystery among the books; Walter R. Brooks gives us a Mr. Ed story; and there's some Ray Bradbury weirdness. The collection rightly ends with the glorious "Library of Babel" by librarian-seer-fabulist Jorge Luis Borges. --Claire Dederer
"An enchanting anthology of short stories about libraries and librarians written by a host of well-respected authors." (Los Angeles Times)
"Anyone who loves books will enjoy reading this unusual collection of stories about libraries and librarians." (San Antonio Express-News)
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In "In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians," the editors of this collection
have made esoteric collections an art! If you thought that libraries were stuffy and uninteresting, wait until you turn the pages of these stories.
Such library luminaries as Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, John Cheever, and Alice Munro grace these pages, delicately at times and at others with the sound and fury of a Faulkner. Yes, library sterotypes are in evidence, but don't be misled. All the stories are written by 20th century authors and explore more sides of the setting than one could imagine-all proving that a library is more than just a collection of books!
My favorite is Borges's "The Library of Babel" but John Cheever's "Trouble of Marcie Flint" is a close second. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)