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Obras de Wells Tower

Ruiny i zgliszcza (2017) 3 cópias
Retreat (2007) 2 cópias
Raw Water [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
Leopard 1 exemplar(es)
Elpusztítva, felperzselve (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Sve poharano, sve spaljeno (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Dver v glazu (2012) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 411 cópias
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Contribuinte — 267 cópias
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contribuinte — 169 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 32: 2024 AD (2009) — Contribuinte — 148 cópias
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contribuinte — 145 cópias
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 (2015) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 44 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2013) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (2010) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Best Food Writing 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Tower, Wells
Data de nascimento
1973
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Locais de residência
New York, VS
Educação
Wesleyan University
Columbia University
Ocupação
short story writer
non-fiction writer
Organizações
GQ

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3.5 couple of good stories/some good lines
 
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Mcdede | outras 61 resenhas | Jul 19, 2023 |
I read it and thought Hmm, Barry Hannah Jr. Then I read he’d studied with him. But I already own a ton of Barry Hannah.
 
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71737477 | outras 61 resenhas | Apr 12, 2023 |
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned certainly lives up to its title. Wells Tower’s collection of stories is nearly all about people whose lives have been blighted by fallings-out with family or loved ones.

Most of the stories are about a particular incident, and usually end with no resolution, and not even a suggestion of a hopeful outcome. You sometimes sense an ellipsis lurking behind his endings; there is more to this, but he’s not sharing it. Characters have little back-story, which is fair enough in a short story, but it leads them to be a little one-dimensional. One story I did like was In the Show about a single night in a funfair. It’s full of incident with quite a few characters getting attention, and more background filled in than Tower usually gives us. It’s stronger as a result, but still has a little bit of that ellipsis lurking at the end.

The eponymous story is the last in the collection and unusual in that it is a piece of historical fiction rather than set in the contemporary USA. It’s a story about some Viking raiders setting out on a voyage to pillage Lindisfarne. It’s an interesting idea for a story, and I was getting quite engaged until Tower fatally marred it with risible anachronisms like “gung-ho motherf***er” and “hassle”. There’s no excuse for horrible writing like that, and both Tower and his editors should hang their collective heads in shame.

Since I really only enjoyed one story in this collection, I can’t say I recommend it particularly. Maybe others might get ore out of Tower’s writing than I did. I think his stories lack the humour and style that might lift them above the pack in the manner of, say, Tony Birch. Instead, he has just written a collection of very downbeat, sometimes silly stories that would only appeal to somebody who needs a darn good depressing.
… (mais)
 
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gjky | outras 61 resenhas | Apr 9, 2023 |
Note to self: David Sedaris says " in terms of 'great' as in 'this person seems to have reinvented the English language', I'd say [Towers' book]. What an exciting story collection it is, unlike anything I've come across. "
April 15 NYTBR
 
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TeresaBlock | outras 61 resenhas | Feb 14, 2023 |

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Obras
13
Also by
15
Membros
1,035
Popularidade
#24,872
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Resenhas
62
ISBNs
27
Idiomas
14
Favorito
4

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