The News of the World

The News of the World

Ron Carlson / Oct 21, 2019

The News of the World In this funny touching collection of stories the characters are regular everyday types who love their families and lead honest lives And it is just this ordinariness that makes them special In The

  • Title: The News of the World
  • Author: Ron Carlson
  • ISBN: 9780140107043
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this funny, touching collection of stories, the characters are regular, everyday types who love their families and lead honest lives And it is just this ordinariness that makes them special.In The H Street Sledding Record, a man throws horse manure on his roof every Christmas Eve to keep the myth of Santa alive Bigfoot Stole My Wife is the claim of another man whose wIn this funny, touching collection of stories, the characters are regular, everyday types who love their families and lead honest lives And it is just this ordinariness that makes them special.In The H Street Sledding Record, a man throws horse manure on his roof every Christmas Eve to keep the myth of Santa alive Bigfoot Stole My Wife is the claim of another man whose wife has disappeared without a trace, the only clue is that the kitchen smells funny hairy A third man finds that The Uses of Videotape are many he uses a VCR to explain some mysterious goings on in his bedroom while he and his wife are sleeping.While these wonderful stories seem to concern the people we see on the street or in the supermarket, they are quietly proving that nothing is normal, but all is well.

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    About "Ron Carlson"

      • Ron Carlson

        Ron Carlson is an American novelist and writer of short stories.Carlson was born in Logan, Utah, but grew up in Salt Lake City He earned a masters degree in English from the University of Utah He then taught at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut where he started his first novel.He became a professor of English at Arizona State University in 1985, teaching creative writing to undergraduates and graduates, and ultimately becoming director of its Creative Writing Program.Carlson currently teaches at the University of California, Irvine.For information, please see enpedia wiki Ron_Carlson


    609 Comments

    1. This is Carlson's first collection of stories, an amalgam of distinct styles and voices, many stories employing humor to great effect. Reading this collection after The Hotel Edenwas the right choice; marking the maturity of the author between the two groups of stories is positive reinforcement to any author of short fiction that one can improve one's craft over time.


    2. My favorite story here was The Status Quo, about a woman's mid-life crisis. I also liked Olympus Hills, with a similar theme about not being able to escape the predictability of suburban life:Lisa always claims to hate these parties. We'll be dressing at home and she'll wave the hair dryer at me, making predictions. "Karen will wear that blue mini and go after Lou. They'll have a clam dip diluted with sour cream. Generic sour cream. Did I say generic sour cream? Wayne will move in on me when I s [...]


    3. Great collection of stories. Narrators/main characters sometimes feel a bit reserved, at a distance, as if there's something there not quite telling us yet. The opening story "The Governor's Ball," in which a man hauls away the ruined furnishings of a flooded apartment in the hours before a social event to which his wife tries to hurry him, develops a very '80s, Carver-y, minimalist-y sort of space between what the narrator reveals and what the reader sees. Other stories don't feel quite as grim [...]


    4. Strong characterisation is one of the pillars of excellent storytelling, and in Ron Carlson’s The News of the World, it is obvious that care has been taken to craft characters that will remain memorable to the reader. Published in 1987, The News of the World is a compilation of many of Ron Carlson’s short stories, many of which are intended to be a reflection of the Eighties period.From the mundane to the bizarre, each story shares something in common -- a fabulous sense of character. The st [...]


    5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ron Carlson’s collection of short stories in “News of the World.” The themes of Carlson’s stories focus on marriage, family, or a combination of both. In each story, the protagonist is dealing with an issue in his personal life that corresponds to a specific task he is trying to complete. The two plots are then woven together and resolved around the same time. Every story I read in his anthology had a plot that truly consisted of two stories; what the protago [...]


    6. The Time I Died "The News of the World" - stories by Ron Carlson is a great collection. The first book of short stories that Ron wrote in 1987. I've recently read all of Carlson's short story collections, except for his newest one "At the Jim Bridger", which I'm eagerly waiting to crack open. Short stories seem to be either loved or hated by most readers, I happen to love them. If your looking for short stories that are oustanding and superbly written, look no further then anything by Ron Carlso [...]


    7. Its a great read. Very different to other collections of short stories, less focused on writing style, and more focused on the story, and in exposing or exploring a unique moment in time. I told my friend about some of the stories. I described this book to him as follows"One story is about a psychic who gets tired of being a psychic and moves away from the city, in order to avoid people. Another is about a couple struggling to make a baby, and another is about a man whose wife gets abducted by b [...]


    8. This is such a wonderful collection of stories. Whether Carlson's characters are doing odd things (throwing manure onto their roof, claiming Bigfoot stole their wife, nailing garlic to their house) or simply dealing with everyday issues (becoming tired of a boring life, struggling with their children growing up), their voices are always strong and believable, so you find yourself nodding in understanding. Many of Carlson's stories are also quite funny -- I often found myself laughing out loud.


    9. Ron Carlson is one of the only authors I know who isn't scared to write a happy short story. This collection seems, like others of his (for me at least), to lag a bit in the middle. But all-in-all, it's wonderful!Stand-outs: "Milk," "Half-Life,"and "the Governor's Ball" were my favorites, but many of the others are great as well.


    10. Carlson creates some really endearing characters. These are mostly happy stories. His best are those that have a somewhat tilted world. Phenomena was my favorite, but the two Bigfoot stories were fun; The Governor's Ball, Half Life, and Madame Zelena Finally Comes Clean were also great.


    11. A beautiful ecclectic collection of Mr. Carlsons' short stories. One that stayed with me for years was about a psychic woman and her demise due to an encounter with a whale.His work is haunting and inspiring.It is great fiction for the everyday, middleclass soul.


    12. This contains (among other great stories)The H Street Sledding Record, which is one of our all-teim favorite short stories. It's a Christmas story with humor, romanced characters so real you swear you know them.



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