These are two very good short stories in true William Gay fashion. I'm still saying The Paperhanger is my favorite short story by Gay. However, anyway you slice it, he knows how to write and draw the reader into his creations. View all 3 comments. Jul 19, Josh rated it it was amazing. On the heels of news this week that the publishing rights to Gay's two remaining unpublished works had been bought with the intent to publish next year, I decided to knock out this short two story collection I had held back for such a time as this.
The title track calling it such in respect to Gay's love of music is pure his best stuff. Landscape, violence, crossed love, circumstance, and how the Hell did we get here. I loved it. The second was a snippet from the then soon to market novel that On the heels of news this week that the publishing rights to Gay's two remaining unpublished works had been bought with the intent to publish next year, I decided to knock out this short two story collection I had held back for such a time as this.
The second was a snippet from the then soon to market novel that since his death has been postponed with no real hope of it coming to market until this weeks' news. While still certainly of his style, it worked less for me as it seemed to be part of something bigger he was developing. My favorite metaphor within these two was that of the main character in the first story when he ever so smartly drew the link between him and his gut shot dog that started the entire chain of events.
I barely caught it as it was subtle but upon seeing what he did I just smiled. Such a clever devil.
The afterward was very interesting. Not to be missed by any other Gay fans. To think that this man sent countless unpublished single copy manuscripts novels included to only be rejected and lost to the world including Gay himself almost nauseates me View 2 comments. Apr 29, Adam Nevill rated it it was amazing. Sadly departed, but what a master he was. Right from the opening paragraph, the quality of the authorial voice assured me that I was in for a treat, and I was.
Looming palely out of a coming dark were statuary, birdbaths, Madonnas, unarmed Venuses, capering cherubim, shapeless shapes past all indentifying. The yard as it climbed toward the yellowlit house at its summit looked like a dumping ground for sculptors, the repository for misbegotten art that resulted from clumsy hands, hangovers, dementia praecox.
A yard sale from the attic of a madhouse. Mar 18, Robert Wechsler rated it really liked it Shelves: american-lit , stories. This was my introduction to William Gay. Although I was not enamored with his violent sensibility, I was very taken with the sensibility of his prose which, at least in these two stories, is very different. His writing conveys a deep sense of alienation from the world along with an attraction to nature. I found an unusual beauty in his prose. Dec 28, Jess rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , horror , south.
Though it was through a story that I first found Gay, I've grown to prefer his longer work. His tremendous vocabulary and range show up in both forms, but the shorter works don't can't? I read these stories and then read them again. What beautiful use of words. If you want to spend time with some really fine writing, here is where you need to be. Jun 14, Jeff rated it it was amazing.
Wittgenstein's Lolita and the Iceman on Apple Books
Gay is a fantastic writer. I can't read enough of his work. Jul 12, Dave N rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , southern-gothic. As a story "Wittgenstein's Lolita" is good, but it doesn't feel good enough to warrant a separate book, nor to anchor the sub-par "Iceman", which feels tacked on. Dec 17, James Seawel rated it liked it.
Wittgenstein's Lolita/The Iceman
I enjoyed the short story and the afterward, but did not read the excerpt for the Iceman as I want to real the whole book. I always enjoy reading William Gay and reading about him. I think I've read everything of his that has been published, but this compilation seemed just an excuse to get a work in the hands of the readers and perhaps make a few dollars, I suspect. One short story, an excerpt from a future book, and the afterward.
Nov 06, Dylan rated it really liked it.
A short chapbook published by a buddy of Gay's, the 2 stories are top-notch, and the brief bio is interesting. According to Gay these stories will probably appear again in a larger collection due out next year. Jul 06, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. William Gay is my favorite living writer. This very small book holds two very short stories about the most un-noteworthy things, but the stories are good, which is no surprise coming from Gay, and I loved them both.
View 1 comment. Truly blown away by Gay's mastery of imagery and style. Jul 02, Tucker rated it it was amazing.
Two short stories by William Gay perfect for a quick afternoon read. Gay's prose is among the best in the southern gothic tradition. Just two short stories. They are stark, dark and a bit violent, but the writing is beautiful.
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