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Free download î Passion and Affect 108 Î Within these fourteen hilarious and insightful tales of urban life you'll meetRaiford Phelps an ornithologist who discovers new patterns of animal behavior when he meets Mary LeibnitzBenno Morna a temporary bachelor free to indulge in TV junk food and Greenie Frenzel when his wholesome wife is out of tWithin these fourteen hilarious and insightful tales of urban life you'll meetRaiford Phelps an ornithologist who discovers new patterns of animal behavior when he meets Mary LeibnitzBenno Morna a temporary bachelor free to indulge in TV junk food a. Laurie Colwin's stories are ridiculously well crafted Each is a lesson in how to write In class I often talk to my students about the importance of being able to capture a character in a few details a couple uick brushstrokes I don't know if I've ever read an author with as deft a hand at capturing character as Colwin In a few phrases she suggests characters who are whole and complex and resist easy stereotypes For example On his arm was a thin girl whose toast colored hair was so tenuously arranged that Guido was afraid to shake hands with her 82 Her efficiency is incredible We get not only the girl in a snap shot but also the way she affects those who meet her Guido in particularOver and over I was struck by Colwin's mastery of craft Her language was spare and poetic her characters deep with the passion and affect for which her title prepares usso why only three stars Well for my tastes and I believe a Goodreads rating is a reflection of personal taste Colwin is perhaps a little Jamesian The world of this collection tends to revolve around the wealthy or recently wealthy or recovering wealthy It's a novel of manners of sorts a collection of manners I suppose I should say Colwin portrays the distance between the characters into her own distanced portraits of them and for me sadly that made it difficult to empathizeconnect with them as I felt I ought When I put down the book I didn't long to pick it up again Colwin is a uiet writer in that not a lot of conflict drives these stories aside from failures to connect and I suppose that's just not uite enough for me I admired the book but I didn't love the book I see this as a personal failing than a judgment of Colwin's art I tend to have the same issue with Alice Munro which shows just how large a fistful of salt one should take with my opinionThat uibble aside Colwin's skill is staggering and I imagine returning to some of these stories to remember what the best writing looks likeFavorite stories The Water Rats The Girl with the Harleuin Glasses The Man Who Jumped in Water Mr Parker Wet

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OvesThey are buffeted by the pressures of their jobs imposed upon by their families and their surroundings and remain ever hopeful of making sense of their lives With compassion and biting wit Laurie Colwin has created a new sort of comedy of manner. Every once in a while I have to return to Laurie Colwin whose work on food in fiction I love There is something very plain about the stories but wild and surprising about the characters and their dialogue both inner and outerThis I believe was her first collection of stories Here the best most fully realized stories are Animal Behavior and Wet The other stories have a way of just stopping and not being taken all the wayI wonder if Miranda July whose stories I also love was inspired at all by Colwin I see a dotted line from Passion and Affect to July's No One Belongs Here More Than You in the humanity with which love and its unpredictability is treated

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Passion and AffectNd Greenie Frenzel when his wholesome wife is out of townVincent Cadworthy and Guido Morris whose elegant friendship is suddenly disrupted by Misty BerkowitzElizabeth Bayard whose passion for order and civility does constant battle with her unruly l. Maybe I've read too many of her books lately but this was my least favorite As a writer and reader it's interesting to see how VictorGuidoMistyHolly changed from these short stories to Happy All the Time one of my most recent favorite reads I don't know how much of this to attribute to the time in which she wrote these but there's just a twinge of vague anti semitism and anti feminism that sullies some stories for me why must Misty Berkowitz' name be so ugly Why does the narrator hate the Rabbi's son and not the ministers Why are the hated monied characters most often with Jewish sounding last names Why so much focus on ugly women and why are all of the ugly women 'myopic' Why are the men always loving such complicated women and why are the women so often lacking the emotions that the men have I absolutely LOVE her voice attention to detail and development of characters I love that these books are like Woody Allen's movies from the 70's and the picture of NYC that they paint I just wish there weren't the few lines that made me cringe a bit I'm still on a Colwin kick and have two of her books to read this summer I just wish I had read this one first or read it when I was younger as some reviewers have remarked I think I'd have liked it