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Break It down : stories

Author: Lydia Davis
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.
Series: FSG classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : Pbk. editionView all editions and formats
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In "Break It Down," the main character tries to determine if the money he spent on a euphoric 10-day romance was worth the pleasure -- and then, when the romance is over, whether it was worth the pain. In "Story," the narrator is so obsessed with contacting her lover that she finds it impossible to enjoy herself. She can neither work nor sleep, and she canʹt get her lover out of her mind. She worries if heʹs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Love stories
Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Davis, Lydia, 1947-
Break It down.
(DLC) 2009290209
(OCoLC)310224984
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lydia Davis
ISBN: 9781429957984 1429957980
OCLC Number: 861520429
Description: 1 online resource (177 pages).
Contents: Story --
The fears of Mrs. Orlando --
Liminal: the little man --
Break it down --
Mr. Brudoff's visit to Germany --
What she knew --
The fish --
Mildren and the oboe --
The mouse --
The letter --
Extracts from a life --
The house plans --
The brother-in-law --
How W.H. Auden spends the night in a friend's house --
Mothers --
In a house besieged --
Visit to her husband --
Cockroaches in autumn --
The bone --
A few things wrong with me --
Sketches for a life of Wassilly --
City employment --
Two sisters --
The mother --
Therapy --
French lesson1 --
Once a very sutpid man --
The housemaid --
The cottages --
Safe love --
Problem --
What an old woman will wear --
The sock --
Five signs of disturbance.
Series Title: FSG classics.
Responsibility: by Lydia Davis.
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In "Break It Down," the main character tries to determine if the money he spent on a euphoric 10-day romance was worth the pleasure -- and then, when the romance is over, whether it was worth the pain. In "Story," the narrator is so obsessed with contacting her lover that she finds it impossible to enjoy herself. She can neither work nor sleep, and she canʹt get her lover out of her mind. She worries if heʹs deceiving her. She wonders if he still loves her -- and if he does love her, just how much? In "The Letter," the narrator searches for her ex-husbandʹs old white Volvoʹs "beautiful soft shape." His face floats before her as she pauses in her work, and she returns to her translating to stave off the pain. When she finally does receive a letter from him, she minutely analyzes his handwriting in the hope that she can understand what he was really feeling when he wrote to her. In the end, she sniffs the stationery to see if any of his aroma lingers on the paper -- but all she is able to smell is the ink. The remaining stories -- some of them one-sentence observations, many two-or there-page vignettes -- seem, at best, like prose poems. At worst, they might be remnants from any number of writing workshop exercises. Many have to do with old ladies, sisters, houses, cockroaches and mice. Some manage to be poignant pictures, while other leave the reader asking, "Why?" or "What for?"

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