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Fresh Complaint de Jeffrey Eugenides
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Fresh Complaint (edição: 2017)

de Jeffrey Eugenides (Autor)

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This collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national crises. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art collapse under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in "Bronze," a sexually confused college freshman whose encounter with a stranger on a train leads to a revelation about his past and his future.… (mais)
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Título:Fresh Complaint
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Fresh Complaint: Stories de Jeffrey Eugenides

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A nice collection of short stories written in a course of 20 years. Despite the time span, humanity has not changed much and the common theme for the stories is a life going somewhat wrong - or at least not ideally. Perhaps someone would call it a failure, but in these stories it looks simply humane. Many of the stories is about poverty or career not going as planned, divorce or other problems in love life. In a way the characters are victims of circumstances, but, however, the circumstances are not to blame as the individuals do not make the best choices. The choices are still understandable as they are a very human way to react. The characters could still choose differently, but they fail to take a look at their lives from outside and learn and perhaps change their ways. Or maybe they do, the stories have open ends, which is fitting when describing an event in a person's life. ( )
  Lady_Lazarus | Aug 13, 2021 |
These stories were really good. Jeffrey Eugenides is an exceptional author. I had a couple of favorites: The Baster and the title story, Fresh Complaint. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Jun 8, 2021 |
C'mon Jeff. The first three stories are great, but the rest I could have done without. Not that they didn't contain moments of joy or revelation, but they just felt rote in a way the others didn't.

The stories are mostly narrated by characters who aren't being honest with themselves. This is a great source of narrative tension and dramatic irony. It can also become formulaic (we get it, you're not as rich/successful as you want to be, and you're sad and stressed) Sometimes the thematic conceits are so obvious it becomes a chore to finish the story. The title story is a good example of this, so is Great Experiment.

By the way, does Jeffery Eugenides, one of Americas most praised writers, still feel at least partially as if he isn't as rich/successful as he wants to be? More likely he is drawing on some past, forgotten feeling, which would account for the staleness of some of the stories. Success is a mixed blessing for writers it often seems.

Anyway he should stick to novels, where themes and motifs can play out in more expansive, multiple ways. His stories are just too one-note.

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  trotta | Mar 4, 2021 |
I loved The Marriage Plot. And I love short stories. But this just mostly left me feeling bleh. ( )
  steveportigal | Dec 31, 2020 |
This collection of short stories was an interesting introduction to an author I have not yet read. He does a great job at looking at the complexities of human relationships: why we allow ourselves to suffer, how we use others for our own benefit under the most benign guises, how we fight against some of the self-imposed parameters we have due to our own choices. Not pretty. But touching and relatable and definitely intriguing from a "gaper's block" point of view. Chicago figures prominently in a couple stories which was a bonus. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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In memory of my mother, Wanda Eugenides (1926-2017),
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This collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national crises. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art collapse under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in "Bronze," a sexually confused college freshman whose encounter with a stranger on a train leads to a revelation about his past and his future.

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