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Ron Carlson (1) (1947–)

Autor(a) de Five Skies

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About the Author

Ron Carlson directs the graduate program in fiction at the University of California, Irvine.

Obras de Ron Carlson

Five Skies (2007) 361 cópias, 25 resenhas
The Signal (2009) 203 cópias, 13 resenhas
Ron Carlson Writes a Story (2007) 178 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Hotel Eden Stories (1997) 130 cópias, 1 resenha
A Kind of Flying (2003) 115 cópias, 5 resenhas
Return to Oakpine (2013) 111 cópias, 5 resenhas
Plan B for the Middle Class (1992) 79 cópias, 1 resenha
At the Jim Bridger (2002) 78 cópias, 1 resenha
The Speed of Light (2003) 54 cópias, 2 resenhas
The News of the World (1987) 37 cópias
Truants (1981) 13 cópias
The Blue Box (2014) 7 cópias

Associated Works

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (2012) — Contribuinte — 569 cópias, 15 resenhas
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000) — Contribuinte — 397 cópias, 2 resenhas
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1986) — Contribuinte — 363 cópias, 6 resenhas
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 213 cópias
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias, 26 resenhas
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987) — Contribuinte — 130 cópias
Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards (2001) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias, 1 resenha
The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 115 cópias, 3 resenhas
A Literary Christmas: Great Contemporary Christmas Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader (2003) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
The Best Small Fictions 2015 (2015) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias, 4 resenhas
A Few Thousand Words About Love (1998) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Stumbling and Raging (2005) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1986 (1986) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors (2015) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
In Our Lovely Deseret: Mormon Fictions (1998) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Local de nascimento
Logan, Utah, USA
University of Utah
fiction writer



[[Ron Carlson]] has merged the two forms of writing about writing into one slim offering - the more esoteric musings on the writing life as a whole with the more workmanlike 'how to' perspective. He takes the reader through one of his own short stories, one step at a time, all the while laying out the world around him and his own thoughts at each stage. The result is one of the perfect guidebooks for short form writing, and elucidations on what it means to be an author.

5 bones!!!!!
Highly recommended!… (mais)
blackdogbooks | outras 3 resenhas | Feb 19, 2023 |
Three men with differing backgrounds and ages work together on a construction project in the middle of the Idaho desert. They live in a tent on the job site and occasionally visit a small town about 20 miles away. Each is harboring an emotional wound from a traumatic experience. They form close bonds over the course of the project. They are able to forget their troubles for a while, as they lose themselves in their work, feeling pleasure in doing the job well.

This book is beautifully written. The prose is sparse. The plot is low key. The characters are deeply developed. The tone is melancholy. The scenery of southern Idaho is pained in words. It is a stark landscape, filled with sagebrush and rabbits. A river lies at the bottom of a gorge. There are many conversations related to engineering and building construction. The novel is structured such that dialogue is used to gradually reveal their character traits and backstories.

The narrative is propelled by the sense of wanting to know what is initially unknown. What are they trying to avoid by getting away from the world for a while? What is this project intended to accomplish? What will the men do after the project is finished?

Eventually, all is revealed, and it leads up to an intense conclusion. The dramatic ending is surprising after the laid-back pace in the early parts. I very much enjoyed this book of inner turmoil in the midst of natural beauty.
… (mais)
Castlelass | outras 24 resenhas | Oct 30, 2022 |
an awesome book, full of wonderfully weird short stories, will definitely keep this copy for my book collection, loved the style
sherisk | outras 4 resenhas | Jun 28, 2021 |
“The river came through this park winding in a perfect S and the sand and willows and twenty gigantic cottonwoods were half in the shade. The air rode down the river fragrant with water and willows.”

Three men get together for a construction project in Idaho. That is the gist. I love reading stories set in the modern West and Carlson seems to be the kind of author I enjoy but this was an uneven narrative and I am not sure I needed a description of building a ramp in painstaking detail. I still found plenty to admire. I like these three, flawed, rugged, characters and Carlson can certainly describe the great outdoors with a sense of beauty and serenity. The author is known as a short story writer and I wonder if I would appreciate him more, in that format. I will definitely give him another try.… (mais)
msf59 | outras 24 resenhas | Jan 16, 2021 |



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