On With the Story

On With the Story

Stories

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Presented as a dozen tales exchanged by a middle-aged couple on vacation, an anthology of short stories by a critically acclaimed novelist explores the connections between language and thought, art and science, and life and love.

Blackwell North Amer
Using the venerable literary device of the bedtime story, which links fictions as different as The Arabian Nights and Charlotte's Web, John Barth ingeniously interweaves stories from an ongoing, high-spirited but deadly serious nocturnal game of tale-telling by a more or less desperate loving couple vacationing at their "last resort."
As Scheherazade spun out her bedtime stories to save her life, the narrator of On with the Story spins out his to postpone The End, and to explore en route - wittily, mournfully, tenderly - love in modern life and postmodern literature. As the narrative cycles through the lifescapes of his subjects' stories, Barth affords a view both panoramic and microscopic of our own landscape. With eye and pen both sharp and beautiful he depicts love ranging from the obsessively puppy through the sophisticatedly fatigued, the delusionally murderous, even the quantum-physical, to the superbly fulfilled.

Baker
& Taylor

Presented as a dozen tales exchanged by a middle-aged couple on vacation, an anthology of short stories explores the connections between language and thought, art and science, and life and love

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316082631
0316082635
Characteristics: vii, 257 p. ; 24 cm

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