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Forty Stories
By Donald Barthelme
9/10 from 1 review
Categories: American Fiction
Buy at Amazon.co.uk
1 review
Complexity made simple.
Simple, stupid short stories that belie a fine craftsman of the form. These colelction of short stories and the sister book 'Sixty Stories' form a small collection of genius in the short story art.

Like ee cummings, the playful style seems easy to mimic, but it's the invention, intent and meaning that's behind the stories that makes them small vignettes of a strange, confused but honest view on society.

Amazon will tell you these two collections are hard to find, but Minerva published paperback versions in 1991 in the UK that are pretty easy to fins second-hand.
Rating: 9/10
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Posted by Chris Locke on Thu, 19th September 2002, 6:59pm
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