Summer is the season of fiction, it is said — said here, now, at least. Susan Sontag may be best-known for her remarkable critical essays on. I, etcetera. By Susan Sontag. Download Pdf. Read Online. This article is available in PDF and Microfiche formats only. You are currently viewing this article as a. “Look at all this stuff I’ve got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Diderot, nuoc roam and Big Macs, sunglasses and.
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In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern urban life. In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader susna exposed workings of an impassioned intellect in narratives seamed with many of the themes sohtag her essays—the nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and.
In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader with exposed workings of an impassioned etcteera in narratives seamed with many of the themes of her essays—the nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and the future in an alienated present. Paperbackpages. Published March 6th by Picador first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about I, etcceteraplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Diciamo, anzitutto, che i raccontini sono presuntuosi. View all 14 comments. Mar 24, William2 rated it liked it Shelves: Not sure what one can say about this first story. Is it meant to be against interpretation? Among other things, it’s Stories 1. Among other things, it’s an essay on dualism. View all 5 comments. Dec 28, Michal Tallo rated it it was amazing.
And salt on my tongue. The end of the world. This is not the end of the world.
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Mar 14, sevdah added it. Why have I avoided her fiction for so long! It just makes me like Sontag even better.
Theses stories are like a confused, emotional part of herself, one that she takes sysan uses creatively and seems at ease with at least on the page. For Sontag who has always been so controlled and who’s praised being serious as a virtue, this collection ehcetera really eye-opening.
Some of the stories were also just plain good. En general etdetera sido una bonita primera experiencia con la autora. Susan Sontag seems always struggling in writing novels. She claims she sees it as her permeant career, but readers hardly notice her novels, except for Volcano Lover.
In this book, several short stories. I like them, they are really really speaking of something that is quite common nowadays, but the way she wrote it seems way to shallow for Sontag’s big name. She tried efcetera mute some characters’ voices, nice move. But she could do better. These short stories are not that ercetera eyes.
Short stories written by someone too intelligent to write short stories. This is susaan weird collection, and unfortunately, it’s not an especially satisfying one. Most of them take on some sort of innovative structure, so you have one, for example, that is one side of the daily visits parents make with a therapist about their misbehaved child. Or else another story revisits the story of Jeckyll and Hyde, only, well, the circumstances have changed.
Or the last story, which is something like a Dtcetera and A, only it’s series of linguistic prompts, like finish the phrase, all abo This is a weird collection, and unfortunately, it’s not an especially satisfying one. Or the last story, which is something like a Q and A, only it’s series of linguistic prompts, like finish the phrase, all about travel. I wanted to like these; I generally like stories that take on strange shapes or that rise out of novel xontag situations.
But I don’t think there were really stories here, in the sense of circumstances that evolved, that were affected by the passage of time. Instead, they felt static– what development there was was mostly a development of the reader’s comprehension of what was happening. In some stories, like the last, about travel, there were flashes of lyricism, which was good.
But that didn’t happen often enough through the collection.
Sontag’s style is slightly formal, and based on the evidence here, she can’t quite get away from that in her stories. It makes them sound, well, artificial. It came across as kind of dated, these cultural concerns that I think Sontag means to explore here She’s clearly very smart, suxan this book isn’t as interesting as any one of her essays. I think this is the second rtcetera I’ve been let down by Sontag’s fiction.
Let’s see if I remember that before I try her fiction again. Mar 10, Thomas Buchanan rated it really liked it. Susan Sontag is at this point so well known for her controversial political ideas and her works of criticism like Against Interpretation that her fiction goes largely and unfortunately overlooked. This collection seems drawn out at points, but is great overall, especially for escapist readers.
Sontag’s fragmentary writing recalls Barthelme but is used in a way sonrag comes to be much more intimate, the reader is given a glimpse into individuals’ lives in each story. The standout stories were Deb Susan Sontag is at this point so well known for her controversial political ideas and her works of criticism like Against Interpretation that her fiction goes largely and unfortunately overlooked.
Though admittedly I’ll need to reread to make an attempt at explaining why and how I was moved by these in particular. I’m trying not to become hysterical. Jun 26, Vicky rated etcrtera liked it Shelves: Zusan 22, Maria rated it it was ok Shelves: I have a very smart staff member who has been on a Sontag kick lately, so I finally buckled ftcetera the pressure and ordered some of her books. The short stories didn’t really work for me. They were very experimental in a way that I found dated.
I could just picture someone in the s being like “this would be a groovy way to deconstruct a narrative! I’m thinking I’ll find her a bit like Joan Didion etceyera the nonfiction ftcetera amazing and the fiction is not to my taste. Apr 03, Pamela rated it it was ok. Then, the rest except maybe the last one were well written, I guess, but sorta made me uncomfortable.
I know I’m supposed to love Susan, and I do I want to be intrigued, entertained and moved Did not read all of it Mar 07, Ophelinha rated it it was ok. The short stories are more like notes, often jotted down without a logical or chronological order, etdetera makes the reading much heavier and less enjoyable.
However, I have to reckon there’s grace and light in her manner of writing. I just have to find the right Sontag fit for me. Oct 21, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: However, by the end I was feeling underwhelmed again. Nov 22, Katlyn rated it liked it.
I loved Project for a Trip to China and was excited to see the rest, but none of the other stories really lived up to that first one. American Spirits was interesting. Old Complaints Revisited was far too long and unreadable after the first twenty pages. I appreciated the experimentation but most of it just didn’t work. Even when you’re trying to etceterw the narrative, you’ve got to consider your audience.
Nov 10, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: I read a short story sontagg Debriefing by Susan Sontag and for a moment I was in NY city, lonely and depressed, on edge. I really enjoyed this short piece. Her writing styIe, rambling, using short clips and held together etceterz solid descriptions especially in the story called Unguided Tour painted vividly the near panic and desolation of the narrator’s condition.
Sep 19, heather rated it really liked it. I have never read Sontag’s fiction before this and it etceter me as more revelatory than her criticism.
The narrators here have the clipped, stream-of-strange-consciousness sensibilities you find in, say, a Lorrie Moore story, but are more baffling and metaphysical. The first story in particular raised hairs on the back of my neck.